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THE MISCHIEF MAKER
Ym, rny txpsritnet with dlfftrtnt girl
im Nn MlMtil varied, I admit
lift lt t all athamtd of it, either. Why
MH thauld 1 be ashamed? I'm really
rather proud of my experience, It th
nHh war told. "w mtn art at eomp-
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Tfjsr Is ft typt of girl who, by common
esstnt, U termed a. "mart'a" girl, tw
i lHirrtratad Imftlle (hat h U
If Veijar with men, but doeen't get on
welt with Member Of htr own tx.
I one krUw a irl ot thl type vry
Intimately. Her ral Dams wti Florence,
but her friend calld hr Flol for
abort. Soma called her an even thorter
nam than that, though 1 mutt say X
wag Indignant when I heard my cousin
Maty refer to hr aa th "Cat"
Sor 1 was decidedly smitten with Klo
cxJei Bht was won of thosa soft, appeal-
Hhttf-looSdiig tlttla thlnti who bans; upon
; A man's vry word, tho typa of girl who
la content to rly upon man's superior
; , a'uldanc and jtidcmaat. There was none
of Utos new-fangled "newwomanlih" no
tion about F1olt. Thank goodness for
She was the sort ot a girl who modo
yon feel you wet-e some on and realty
,'wthfr a. dashing sort of fellow after alt,
n; ; you know. A chat with Flossie would
: -cheer me up Ilka rnaglo If aver I happened
to be In the blues- or have a bad grouch
that for a time the engagement with Dora
was broken, and he went to Canada In a
"I have the proof," Mrs. Chester con
tinued, "only, unhappily, Mark did not
send it along until after he had gone off,
or I could have disproved the slander
once and for all and prevented his going
Then she showed me the letter. I will
not repeat all Flosele said, but the fol
lowing will give you an Ideal
s3ut It worried me awfully to think that
(war girfaf didn't like her, especially In
bab a atta bi thai 4A aA. ttlita tt
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' t was. mad one day, for laatance, when
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w Mary let her d. without turning
" 'Mary. I alway thought you wer an
'honest, straightforward tort." I remarked
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)-, In rrty cousin and iulte an attractive xlrj).
, "ToU know that you dlsllka Flosele, for
7, erly the other day you referred to her In
J; my hearing as A 'oaV and yet you let her
.'call you 'darling and 'dearest' and talk
!Lti' you as If you were her greatest
"As a friend," she wrote, "I think It
right to warn you that Dora Is playing a
double game. Since you've been up North
on business she's always out with X.
IThat's met Testterday I came across the
par of thorn driving through Philadel
phia at midnight"
I read these words again and again be
fore t realised their Import They seemed
so unreal somehow, and yet 1 couldnt
disbelieve my own eyes. Flossie had not
only made mischief about her friend, but
had used me for the purpose. What could
have been her object when she knew I
had eyes for no other girl whon she waa
Mrs. Chester seemed to read my
thoughts. She shrugged her shoulders ex
presively. "Jealousy and sheer love of mischief
making, I suppose," she said. "Though
you forced this revelation on me, I'm glad
you-vo rouna ner out.'
And so was I. Of course. I broke with
Flossie. People tell m that ever since
she's been busy spreading yarns about
But most of her friends know her mla-chlef-maklng
propensities ot old, so her
yarns won't hurt me much.
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"that'a Jilst whero you don't se through
ner. I cam Tiflip per oxiung me anninK
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Vi, my xw. one qpevn ooiiina my uk
Bh I a- cat. Tho 'darlings' are only a
eSrt 6f purr."
A jil so It waa that I gradually came to
!' ta- conclusion that Flossie was woefully
'jftWUMM ana maiignea by uose wnom
' shf catted hr friends. Therefore, man-
r like, I determined to m&k UP to her aa
"far as pcsalhle for their utiklndness by
'.jrtvjp.if her a apleruUd time.
Sol tM!t her put to theatres) and par
,.tfi, and waa very lavish as far as candy
..and flowers wefe concerned. Flossie was
tit prettlty grateful In her thanks, too
'es different from,, most present-day girl
-i accept floral and toothsome offerings
from, their mn fnend as a matter of
On thing I liked about Ffossle-She
Mirrfr refused to acknowledge that other
-gitU) could b4 gdod'looklng. Most glrla
srt w think that a man should never
fep y for any 6ne'a looks but their
,pTfn. Thay take It almost as a personal
ilniwlf- If be should happen to say an
otlier girl I fftty I have experienced
hi, aeverai ma when out with various
girl t have found out that I've only to
niftrk, "What lovely NO ayes Ml
pMlpt ht" W "Don't you think that
at) 8mM! It" o' pretUest coro
rffktes evr teent" to be met with the
SNM-tp6-goWf lturd retort ''Oh, do you
-Xftifc 4t W41I. thV might be all rght
ii s bdj't a sqmnt" Or, "Tea, her
afc'.ft k)M leak rather nloa. Bhe takes two
hmSa ireuta try morning, they say,"
Gi, If ym nly realise how men hto
ilvU ert nf fhtttg you would refrain frpm
,jjtgmg Ui looka of your friends.
Uftlte never made such a mistake.
fat Wo eiiver for tnati
,.y,JjUi1, 4 cUverly did aha manage roe
-Wti rttog slowly Into an en-
aSlt, until at last something hap
j4 whle opened my eyes to th rsal
dWfldan af tny "misjudged" llttl
I' Jlwt an IrvltatWn to a party given by
'. Mft who w4 qulU the grands
mr uui to my surprne,
n been asked; and at on
KM Revr bn ,wy from the
Flossie wis dfsappelsted, o
t arnjTilml to fay nothing, bt to set
ttnteX tty tj tnake the omlMlon good
M mf $ Mr. CbMter w a gtaat
ftettiH f iy tatbr'i. H rally would
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TMv y asrprao, i found it wasn't,
tiau, r When the next day f want
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Let Us Start the
New Year Right!
By MBS. CHRISTINE FREDERICK
Author et "The New Mouiekeeplnt."
The butcher, the baker, the candlestick
maker who gets tho money? If. we are
experiencing the high cost ot thing. Just
what Item of the family expense Is forc
ing the money mercury up to summer
heat? There la a great deal of talk about
bitter, more economical, more co-opera-ttvo,
more everything buying. But how
about better, more economical, more busi
nesslike methods of keeping track of what
Even f we save S cents on, a piece of
chuck, save 10 cents by dividing the bas
ket of apples with our neighbor, or 2S
oent by sending to a manufacturer direct
for a certain product where da the 3, the
10 and the 23 cents apply on other Items of
family expense7 Do we actually save It.
or does It go Into tho gulf of the Great
The family who wishes to start tho
new year right will have to do so by de
ciding to follow a budget plan and keep
track of family expenses. Out of to club
women before me at a lecture recently, 11,
or one-third, said that they kept some
account Here were JO progressive, In
telligent women admitting that they did
npt know accurately where the money
that they received was expended. Can any
one Imagine SO equally progressive and In
telligent business men admitting the
same thing? What would happen to a
Arm which did not knOW what were Its
costs, its overhead charges, its employes'
salaries. Its cost for raw materials, etc.,
etc.? Or whether it closed 1SH with
credit or lei's?
In the first place, keeping accounts Is
asy. But oven If It were not It cer
tainly Is an Imperative part of home
management It Is not the saving ot the
penny here or a penny there that counts,
as much as does the apportionment of the
entire income in a definite way. Just
became many families do not so appor
tion their Incomes In advanoe la the rea-
Alt bra flMji 'hi.itil... .. 4..11,. , !..-
v.. w hiiw( tiHiniicu, ui jaimiica iivina
beyond theln Income, borrowing and drift
ing aimlessly from year to year,
A small, ruled, family account book,
with 20 columns for each separata Item
of expense meat rrocerlool olothlncr. tc.
can b arranged and grouped after the
budget plan of such a per cent for shel
ter, so much fOr clothing, for operating
expense or ruei, ugnt service, etc., and
so much for higher life or advancement
Or a system ot cards can be used; one
card for each division. These can be
slipped Into the handbag when shopping
and purchases noted directly, dales slips
should be retained and entered, also en
try made of money paid by check and all
other items of payment At the end of
each week, or monthly, the cards or book
can easily b "balanced." ThI should
show these things;
First Wht sum was spent for each
Second. Which Items were out of pro
portion. Third. Where leaks and extravagances
Fourth. Where economy la rn.ihu
The household account book Is th
housewife's armor against the high cost
Of living. Unless she makes herself armor
proof, aha will lv In perpetual fear of
the terpens Monster. -
Across the Counter
Th holiday season brings down the
prle of almost every article pf woman'
wear. Already a per cent reduction
la offered by me. of the shops, and,
even greater reducllpns arc made In tome
A scarf of black lynx is now priced at
1S with a muff to match at (38.
Th" ar not of the novelty order.
Th BiuS I lafg and round, and th carf
is wld and th head of th animal
adorns on end and th tall the other.
Similar in style H a black fox scarf
that Costa 1U and a muff that oosts lir.M.
A large neokplee of pointed fox; of
beautiful quality 1 reduced to IB. With
this Is a tj vaWed at ta.
A scsrf of table fax eau b bought
for m aad a mu for tH,
Vary pretty llttl neakpiece pf Hudson
seal ara valued at W.R with fiat a
Persian lai&b, irW la oo of th Mrs
worn 1st jwmntteg. is tniAt- q sftarfs
that east Itf A4 miff that a be
bought fr Met
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Modes of the Hour
I'rom time to time, during the waning
and waxing of autumn and winter, cer
tain furs have been heralded as the
smartest of tho season. With each an
nouncement o. different fur Is named, for
no one fur has been able to maintain
any but the briefest acendency.
Russian mble, real seal, ermine and
certain kinds of fox are too costly io
loe or gain very much as far aa the
vogue of the moment goes, but their
position Is a secure and a very lofty one.
The evening wrap pictured Is made en
tirely of ermine and trimmed In a very
effective way with ermine talis. Th col
lar It bordered with a succession of the
tails, the big sleeve are banded with
them and they are placed In a tine above
the circular bottom of the cloak,
There Is a suggestion of the cape In the
cut of the cloak. Which la a marked
feature of many of the cloaks of the sea
son, whether they are of fur or of fabric.
The blshOD teeve hung from kimono
shoulders and the deep rdglnn sleeve are
featured In fur coats and In evening
wraps of other material, as well as In
the separate coat for wear nvr (Iia nn.
French seal make n very beautiful
coal, and It Is a fur that takes a legiti
mate place omoi pelts inrt no longer
ranka as nn Imitation, Hudson seal of
foreign dye Is n very near approach to
the Imported sealskin and Is fashioned
into beautiful coats for wear by day ana
for evening wrap.
Ilroiuttail and cnraCul are used for
coats of Very modish cut It Is not
ueual to see a fur coat of any kind wlth-
uui coiiar ana cures or Another kind.
Nutria and beaver, fox nnd fitch,
monkey and skunk are all used In this
way with very good effect These are
named because they are used o fre
quently and because a list of all the furs
worn at the present moment would have
u do an alphabetical nnd very compre
Black lynx, for Instance, a fur ttml
Is very hard to distinguish from a certain
quality of black fox, often supplies the
collar and cuffs and the band around
the bottom of the coat that Is In such
Kolinsky is another fur that makes a
beautiful trimming. Ono sees leopard
skin at a trimming and made Into entire
coats. Leopard skin waletooats are very
dashing, worn either with a coat of an
other kind of fur or with a walking suit
Sinitrrel Is seen now and again In fur
set and aa trlmmlnr, but tho coat of
squirrel has apparently been eliminated
from the very large field of fashionable
Children are wearing It stilt, and one
wonders Just why It Is not in favor
with women, when almost every other
animal that Owns a pelt, even tho ordi
nary cat, has been found fair game by
To My Lady
Though I must leave you, sweetheart,
Dim not with tears thpso eyes.
Made by dear love for shining
like etars In his own skies.
Take up the task that waits "you,
Let hope drive out despair;
So shall your sweet example
Help me to do and dare.
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BEAUTIFUL WRAP OF FASHIONABLE DESIGN
YES, I do consider myself a sensiDia
girl, and 1 hope I shatl always re
main one. For that very reason I refute
to give Into the whims of the man to
whom I am engaged-although, aa h. mat
ter of fact, I am exoeedlnly fond of Jim.
Jim Is my fiance, and n perfect dear in
most thing. Not In all, howeverl still.
I always make allowance for him h
only a man, after all, and they're all
alike. We irlrt shouldn't humor them too
far, all the tame. K I don't spoil Jim,
I'm tralnlne him un In the way he should
so. so that one day lie may prove an ex
cellent husband. Gome girl spoil their
fiances before marriage, and then nag
4hem nfter mnrrlntre! I do think that'
absurd, and the glrla only have them
selves to blame.
t suppose there are crowds of people
who will call me frlgntfully unsentimen
tal when I say that taee no reasonwhy
t should not tvno n letters to Jim. HO
does so object to my typing the letters I
Tou ee. I work In an office In the city.
Twice a week Jim comes to ee ma at
my homo and onoe a week I visit him.
That leaves four days every week on
which we do not sea one another. On
tho days wo do not meet we write an
arrangement we made when we first be
came engaged, and one from which we
have never departed.
Well, as I tay, I work In the city, ana
by the tlmo-1 get home In the evening I
feet quite tired out. and not a little bit
like letter writing. However, for years I
moet faithfully sat down every evening
and composed my love-letter. But, really,
1 got awfully tired of It. When I say
that I do not want you to misunderstand
me. 1 did not really tire of writing to
Jim, It was merely the actual labor of
holding and "driving" the pen which
palled on me after a time.
One day, during the luncheon hour (I
always havo my lunch In the office sand
wiches and such-like dainties) It occurred
to me that I might aa welt type my usual
epistle to Jim. Bo I sat down and tyned
him an awfully nice letter.
Tho next evening Jim met mo outside
the office. He looked awfully glum nay,
bad-tempered eo I started to chatter
away In the hope .that he would forget his
Ill-humor. Not a bit of It, believe me.
I might as well have tried to charm a
marble statue, f simply could not get
him Into a decent frame of mind. So
finally I somewhat petulantly asked him
If there was anything seriously wrong.
"Need you ak?" he snapped. "I've
never heard of such a thing In my life."
"Hucn a tning as what7" I asked.
"Why, a typewritten love-letter, of
course," was his reply,
"But, my dear boy" I started.
"No endearments, please," he snapped
back, "A girl who can In cold blood sit
down and type n love-tetter to her sweet
heart can have no sentiment In her na
ture, and If she has no sentiment she
should refrain from using terms of endearment"
When ho had rone on In this strain for
some time, I gently stopped him.
"Now, young man." I said, 'If ,you
will listen to me for a while, we will
thrash this matter out What you com
plain about Is the fact that I have type
written my dally letter to you. It (Mitts
to me that the only argument von hi
aimlnet such a procedure is iha Tost W .
It Is unsentimental. I don't Agree with 5
you; auer an, a tnougnt is a thoughts
wneuier it is lypea or wnuen.
"The typewritten letter I tent you,
Jim." I went on, "contained Jut a many
tender thoughts aa If the sentences hat
been Written by hand. Moreover, ydil Jrcr
mora of them, beoaiise I cart trae aulckut- '
than I can write. And becaute th letter
was typewritten u uoea not ioiiow that I
did not mean what' I wrote,"
"But." ha Interrupted, "what I, objtd
"Oh," I said, "I know exactly whit
you object to. you object to typewritten
love letters. But, my dear boy, you art
going to receive them; every time now
they will be typed."
I talked to Jim until he came round
to my way of thinking. He wu a long
time before he would alter his views, but
finally he did, although even now I have Jm
mi luca. mat in ma iioait ui. Hearts nt
thinks a tinge of romance has beeri taken.-
irom our onsojrBinr.ni oeoausa 1 inilit
upon typing the letters. However. I da,
It, and ahall continue to do o Until tho i
ena or me onapier. many a sentimental
mis will find fault with mr views, writ
I may be wrong. But who shall ay that, a
occauio my toye loners are typed, they
are any the lee sentimental?
How Sweethearts Part
They know so many different kind of 9
parting, thesa lover. There la the part-
Ing in anger; the parting In grief and;
anguish, and the temporary aepnrattngi
which poeta call "such awoet sorrow,"-
aim wnicu mo uninspired onq unromantlo"
woria consiuera merely a gooa-nightl "
Of the first two. nothing need here h
said. Tho first ahould naver nemr it
lovers are wise and) tactful and loyal; I
mm win second oopenus upon cjrcunK
'stance and unkindly fate, and la not to
be arranged for beforehand.
But the third and everyday parting,
that Is different Vastly amuslnc to th
outside world, but, a delicious business to 't
...wmw .,....., vu. i.un uiuj- llt)Br UVtT
ir, so mat its uurauon it prolonged to as
many minutes as would make a, goodby
half hour or more! A draughty pawat;
or a frosty garden has no tt,rrora. for;
Stilt, It Is all part of the pretty love
game, and so we smile with, kindness and
tolerance. After all, on Is young but
once, ana tne prose ot everyday life
wilt come fast enouah. So the llnr;
Ing and most unbusinesslike, farewell Ml
natural and right enough, and love pro-j
serves hi clients froim tho risk that w
uninteresting and ordinary mortals run
or coia or raugue;
Tne Chicago Menace,
Toung girts, have been advised to Wa!
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away irom unicago Dy a woman's Or-J
sanitation or ina city, wnicn haa issued',!
un-uiun iciunK ui uie perns mat a girl n
must coniena witn in the windy City.
A GRIPPING STORY OF LOVE. MYTERT ANp KIDNAPPING
By CLAVXB, HOEBIS
Author pf "John Brecon. Solicitor."
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rHS MARCHIONESS OF VTtUBBRLBY
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tORD ARTIIVR USRIBT, Me unelt.U M
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th tat ftr ami htlr-pritumpttv to th
Lady yrtmorli) It moat awlous for Ouv
to s to Hontrtt, which I a molr and
vounarr tchoil oulte elott to th Wlatbcr
fvr lum yttnktlhtr. Th htadmot tfr.
JOHN BRLBIQU. t a or tot frtnd of htr
British ha practlcallu inadt tlarpfrti.
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afttr at h tutvtef lot tehtmtt or afoot
for kWappbFih ooy- "It teouW woria
torn ontVithU to oil rid tt him,' An tap.
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hat bM tnoaatd to leatch Out, though
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rear afttr quit a tttn at Hart
h, Ma villi to Lai WimberUV,
it fright afttr h hat, o, -(
0 (he eotlsl rflirree biiween thtm:
l Interrupts Kim. and atclart thai
too, tovt Mm dtrply. ,
. too. lovtt him dttplu.
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UB. VBRTIOAN U vialtio to Mm. Tho
roll of chimlitry matter al Uarptrt i
vacant, and Ytrtiaan hat corte !t eiuioer
to odvtrluimintt, British having found hit
Ultinunial ouit talltfaotorv.
trantptrt . lAai vtrjtgan
... . . WHjni i .'.- .
British torn tl utart aoo,
th Uttrr ttrOit and kill
a auuv Kntd
trim, ttnl to priton, ana
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HimMnry. t.ora jinnur
ntAhforA. Talhot. an innOotni man. vat
Veriiinrw hat nntr piunt British auou,
Kt th tchotlmatttr ftarthin. British
oannot, boiotvr. urgJhol Vertloai fa ol
f.l to i 4 matter at B,arptr, for h Aim-
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m. Lord jtrtSur ojjo io(j htr.
ucnnatn, ie reottnan-asittitv ai woiuc.
liver. tUi Jftrd Arthur that ht hat
raoolt4 Urt. Trover at a friend of
DUh Vtritl'l, thi man viho it utpet4
of attttnpting to kidnap vmtng Tf(mberly.
orfr, o vrvvai
IM womait et fit. Panoras vhn th kU-
Lord Oritur uArtt for
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ill th oat mtmathtn on.
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uaooina annul wa mai.
Lerof Arthur rttvmt io lows and eoni
tuut Barktr. a dt tee Hut. yhonffk tk d.
ttcllv fa tonvinetd that Urt. Travtr it
mtrra" up in Dick ttrrUft tehtmtt. Lord
Arthur it tut,
Urt. Trovers vltiti Lord JrUvr o4 mkt
Mm to fttp tht marring bttwttn John
Brltifh, htt inthtr, a4 Lady Ann. Lord
Arthn it oonvinoti of htr inniotno, Vft r
JthH BrUish tjtfi Ana that Xhtrt fa
tfmttMna aot hi tUltr't HJ vhUh ht
think ht ousht td Mow. it tay hat
hii titttt tea tuvtt married, and that
4Ke man wka lovtd and Ktt htr ho kllUi
tot sot tay tv whom.
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msktf 41? trtnm to htt lavt, w4 Af
ir vmp9tmy wr Mr, innri.
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sAM tat, Ann, mtMlA ytn Jvtgiu mf
Bf$g MBStSf, frnkrnjt, J a it
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eyes. But he was glad that Merlet was
rn the other room.
"Please alt down," he Bald quietly.
"You gave me a bit of a shock."
"I'm ho sorry," she said, sweetly. "I'm
an old friend of Mrs. Trovers we were at
school together great friends you know
what slrls are and It has lasted our
friendship, I mean. She Is so beautiful
I think she Is the moat beautiful woman
In the world." v
The woman talked eagerly, and the fine
dark eyes sparkled with enthusiasm. She
waa good looking herself, tall and grace
ful, with hair that was possibly dyed,
but which glittered like gold. Mr, Vert!
gan, no mean judge of character, thought
that she was a woman who had seen a
good deal of the world and iad found
plenty of enjoyment In life.
"Yes, she le beautiful," said Vertlgan,
with a smile: "the Sister of Ur. lSrlelsh,
the headmaster ot Harptree, as you know,
I am a science master there. I suppose
her brother has asked her to give mo
"Oh, no I've come from Mrs. Travers
he wants to see you,"
"Well, please sit down, Mrs. I don't
think I caught your name."
"Mies Newbolt 1 won't keep you long.
I was only asked ta come round to tell
you that Mrs. Travers particularly wished
to e you,"
She seated herself In a chair by tne nre
and looked up at Vertlgan with a smile.
"I think It's about her son." she said.
"The boy Is thinking pf applying for a
poet in some big manufactory. I don't
quite understand what It !,- but I think
he's got to have some knowledge of chem
istry, and Mrs. Travers was wondering
f she could arrange with you well, she'll
tell you all that herself."
"I should be Yery glad to help any rela
tion of Mr. Brlelgh's," said Vertlgan, who
knw that Mrs. Travers did not wish to
see him about anything of the sort "But
I do not understand why she did not
write to me or tail on me herself."
"She's UI, poOi'Mblng," said Miss New
bolt, "and can't leave the house. Bo she
sent me round here."
"Where Is she livlnst" queried Vertl
gan, who waa perfectly well acquainted,
with Mra. Travera'a addreaa.
"H, Ftrswoad. West Kensington. She
1 forbidden to write any letters or aee
any one; but this (a rather urgent, and she
thought that perhaps you could help her
during the holidays."
"I shall be most pleased," said Verti-can-
"By the by, how did she know my
"Oh. I can't tell you that," laughed
Mils Newbolt "Grace Is the sort of
woman that know everything. But I
suppose. h got it from her brother."
"You knew Mr. British, ehTf
"I remember him as a boy."
"A One chap."
"89 I've- always heard, Mr. Vertlgan."
The taheobaaster scrutinised bar tote.
"Hver be 4own ta Harptreef he
"Never. Mr. Vertlgan." she replied.
Then sb rose fron her afaalr.
"I mutt really be ge-," ska ajd. i
suiwoss you wouldn't aare to eemt round
with Bis RQWtu set Mrs. Travers. I
"Vet afraid K la too late. IJlu Ua.
I M' H l w taorrwot tea.
n w . w lH 4 iaH B
ria4 t 4o anythlnv U a pwr )
m go-ed trm,n " mm Hw&!
a smile. J04-iy, Vr. Vartteau."
MtN be reallMd wbat aba wu
tut. aka h4 0Bntt the dno LuUd.
Ia4e iha htdseMfia- j
-Nut thai way. ' b ult &.- SU
Cittswd Htm door MtiickJy mi cdrtii.
1 an aw txtwr u 1imrtiiirf1 i
m urn m l mm - j twh u mm Ui at -ote.
about," he ald lightly; "a molt natural
mistake my fault r ought to have es
corted you downstairs 1 will do so now."
He opened the door for her and fol
lowed her down Into the hall. When they
reached the bottom ot the stairs she
"There was some one In there, Mr.
Vertlgan; I I hope he has not overheard
"Oh, no; and, if he did, it wouldn't
matter. It is a friend of Mrs. Travers.
He was In there when vou arrived. nrl
I suppose was too shy to come out Good
night." She walked away down the street, and
Vertlgan returned to the sitting room,
Dick Merlet scowled at him.
"You muet be mad!" he said angrily.
"A nice fool 1 looked, I can tell you."
"It's all right, my dear fellow a friend
Of Mrs. Travers."
"A spy more likely. What was her
"Newbolt Miss Newbolt."
"Never heard of her. "Why did she
give Mrs. Travers" name?"
Vertlgan explained, but Merlet was not
"It's a trap," he growled. "A nice fool
you've made of yourself, I'm not sure I
haven't seen the woman before. I have
an Idea I have, She's one of the Barker
gang, and now she's found out JusT what
they want to know you and I and Mrs.
Travers they've found out that we all
three know each other,"
"Stuff and nonsense," said Vertlgan
sharply. "Your nerves ara all wrong.
You're not fit for this kind of work. One
of these days you'll break down over
some simple business and glvo the whole
show away. We may as well know the
worst as soon as possible. You'd better
drive round to see Mrs. Travers at once."
"Yes, I think I will-Just to set your
mind at rest You ought to see a. doctor.
You're all to pieces."
Vertlgan left the room, found a tnvipnv
and ten minutes later he knocked at the
door of 21 Firs road."
"Is Mrs, Travers In?" he asked the
servant who opened the door.
"No, sir-she's not! In London."
"IndeedT When did she leave Lon
"Three days ago, sir, and she will not
Diuiii Mum me uay aucr tomorrow."
'-Thank you," said Vertlgan quietly.
"Will ypu please say that Mr. Smith
called to see her??
Mr. Vertlgan walked slowly across the
pavement to the cab. He knew that the
fight bad begun in earnest now that his
position at Harptree had changed-that
henceforward ho would be an object nf
suspicion, and that only his Hold over
John Hrlelgh would save him from In
"Well?" queried Merlet aa the cab
drove away in the direction of Bays
water. Vertlgan made no attempt to con
ceal the truth. Ills companipn laughed
"You'll have to hurry through thing,
bit he said in a low voice. 'It must be
-not lattr than the first fortnight of next
"And Lord Arthur?"
"I wJU deal with Lord Arthutv-one of
Two days later Mrs. Travera sat alom
IB th litUa njg mm of 34 Firs read.
The apartment though very small, was
comfortable apl datntiiy tvrnlsbtd, A
ehaerful ore biased i the tiny grate,
Th aarpet and curtain wera tblak.
Thm wtre tevarai vases af. flowers
eoltly luxuries at that time of the year.
It looked Ilka th bone o a womaVof
tatea woman who bad not muoh master,
but was ready to spend someBflt ea
things that mad life more bs&uUiuL
CKilrtda the huw th wla4 eagred
flow th narrow tt aad avyiiaw
and tat tfawe was a sttr of ii
""' i"wt. ? W4
""; an ww mi,
at the clock on the mantelpiece and re
sumed her work Again.
She seemed hardly part of the picture
as she sat there darning socks la the
firelight. She was" so beautiful, so ex
quisitely dressed, that any one who had
met her, either at Monksllver or her
brother's house, could hardly have Im
agined her engaged In so domestic an
occupation amid auch humble surround
ings. She would havo been more In
place In some great salon, idling her time
away with a book or the centre of a
crowd of admirers. She could have taken
her place as hostess in any ot the great
houses of England. She was fond of
gaiety and luxury and beautiful things
and the admiration of man. But she was
a woman who did everything wH. The
darning on the hoel of the sock was dona
most perfectly, and If she had been set
to scrub a floor one may be quite -sure
that she would have scrubbed it most
The clock on the mantelpiece struck
seven, and a minute later Mrs. Travers
heard the closing ot the holt door. She
smiled, and the tender light of love came
Into her eys. Her boy had returned from
the day's work-her boy, tho only person,
she loved In all the world. Two minutes
elapsed, and then there was the sound of
slow footsteps on the stairs. The door
opened, and a young man entered the
room. H was slim and well built of
medium height, with a pale, clean-shaven
face, dark hair, and large, dreamy, brown
eyes. He waa extraordinarily handsome,
as one might have exoecUd ef the son of
eo beautiful a woman. And he had an air
of distinction and breeding that would
have marked him out at once as different
from the CO other clerks In his office.
"Well, Jim. old chap?" said Mrs.
Travers, "Rather wet. Isn't it?"
He came forward and kissed his mother
without a word. Then he knelt down on
th hearthrug and htld out Wa htnds to
"I hope you haven't got wet, Jim, dear
and you've changed your boots,"
"Yen, that's all right, mother," he said
She laid her hand on hit hair and
"Youre tired, Jim. boy." the said after
"Yta. mother; awfully tired."
,!Folir5r0,, aon,t "" you my
His eye flashed -and he clenched one
ot bis hand.
,oa5,he J"' .ha u PMSlonately.
'Bvery day I loathe it mpr. Sometime
as I it there with a ledger before me f
feel Inclined to Jiimp up and ptand on
the stool and shout out: Whv am vam
alt alavjng here. you. fellows, when there ;M
n uoumui wunu uuisme in we- PrlWa
"Oh. Jim, dear!" said bit . mother
Plteouely. "One can't do .exactly what
one likes. Look here." and she held'up
the stocking she was darning.
'Yes, mother; I know what you niean.
I hata to see you doing It hut t tay.'
and he took the sock from her hap,
"you've made a Jolly good Job 6f JH
almost like embroidery."
Mrs. Travers laughed. "I expect you
could make something a good," he said;
"out of that office work, I mean."
"And what' at the end ot it mother?
Nothinga few more pounds- a year, and
one dies quite unknown, with', nothing
"Except a life of honest work, Jim."
"Yes, to put money In other rten's
pockets shareholder, people ona doesn't
even know. Now, when you meitd that
took you do me a- kindness. I do no one
a klndnet. I'jut work and work and
work. I'd rather bo a bricklayer. There,
at any rate, one can see eme result.
One can point to a house and tay. T built
part of it,' and when ono Is dead the
nuuaa wui remain ina wont or onto
"Jim! oM boy, perhaps Dtie, of theae
days we shall have money, and then you
can do what work you Ilk. Tour pltno
-that la an amumnt you can't earn
your living by playing the jlano."
"Of course not-lf-I don't practice.
How can I practice, five, six. seven hours
a day? But it la my life-all I live, for
that and, of course, you. dear old
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