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. RAY WALTttd
"Evans, 8. R."
The car ran silently through tha
park and out on the broad Sheridan
road. Orme put on as much speed aa
was safe In a district where there
were so many police. From time to
time the girl indicated the direction
with a word or two. She seemed to
be using the opportunity to rest, for
her attitude was relaxed.
The hour was about eleven, and tha
streets were as yet by no means de
serted. As they swung along Orma
was pleased by the transition from
the ugliness of central Chicago to
the beauty of suburbs doubly beautl-
ul by night The great highway fol
lowed the lake, and occasionally,
above the muffled hum of the motor,
Orme could hear the lapping of the
wavelets on the beach.
The girl roused herself. Her bear
Ing was again confident and untlred.
"'Have you been up this way before T"
"This is Buena park we are passing
now. We shall soon reach the city
i Clouds had been gathering, and
I suddenly raindrops began to strike
their faces. The girl drew her cloas
most closely about her. Orme looked
to see that she was protected, and
ishe smiled back with a brave attempt
at cheerful comradeship. "Don't worry
about me," she said. "I'm quite dry."
With that she leaned back and drew
from the tonneau a light robe, which
she threw about his shoulders.
The act was -an act of partnership
merely, but Orme let himself Imagine
an evidence of solicitude in hei
thoughtfulness. And then be demand
-ed of himself almost angrily: "What
right have I to think such thoughts!
She has known me only an hour."
But to him that hour was as a
year, so rich was Its experience. He
found himself recalling her ever;
change of expression, her every char
cteristlc gesture. "She has accepted
me as a friend," he thought, warmly,
But the Joy of the thought was modi
fled by the unwelcome reflection that
the girl had had no choice. Still, ha
knew that, at least, she trusted him,
or she would never have let him ao
company her, even though she seri
ously needed protection.
They were passing a great ceme
tery. The shower had quickly ended.
The white stones and monuments fled
by the car like dim and frightened
ghosts. And now the car swung along
with fine houses, set back in roomy
grounds, at the left, the lake at the
"Do you know this city!" the girl
"I think not. Have we passed tha
"Yes. We are in Evanston."
"Evanston!" Orme had a glimmer.
The girl turned and smiled at him.
"Evanston Sheridan Road."
"Evans S. R.!" exclaimed Orme.
She laughed a low laugh. "Ah,
Monsieur Dupln!" she said.
Speeding along the lake front, the
road turned suddenly to the left and
west, skirting a large grove of trees
which hugged the shore. Just at the
turn was a low brick building on the
beach. "The life-saving station," ex
plained the girl; "and these are the
grounds of the university. The road
goes around the campus, and strikes
the lake again a mile or more farther
Large buildings were at their right
after they turned. Orme noted that
they were scattered among the trees
some near the street, some at a dls
unce dqck. Then the road aeain
turned to the north, at a point where
less imposing streets broke In from
the weBt and south.
"Stop at this corner," said the girl.
urme mrew on the brakes.
"We are in Evanston, on the Sheri
dan road," she said, "and this street
cutting In from the south Is Chicago
"'Chi. A.!'" exclaimed Orme.
; She had taken the paper from the
pocket of her coat, and was scan
inlng it closely. "One hundred naces
north and two hundred and ten east j
.TV must mean 'tree."
1 Orme Jumped to the ground. Ha
noticed that the university grounds
were cut off from the street by an
Iron fence. There was a gate at the
corner by which they had stopped.
Thfl PBtft ttna Tint Mnanl It
!ruBtomBr tn .h.. if of
i find knrm .r.m. i,
I "You'd better go In through the
gate," said the girl, "and follow tha
west fence northward for 100 paces.
TV... ... .... -. .i.li , . .
a ucu mi u vuoi, i i igui augici ana gg
210 paces I auDDoea it must ha cicea. I
Taa." aald Orme. That would be'
I tha natural way for
hurry to Baeanure.'
"i wili move the car north on Sheri
dan road a little way," she went on,
"so as not to be in the glare of thie
This was the first evidence she had
shown of nervousness, and Orme sud
denly realized that enemies might be
lurking among the trees.
"It might be well for you to take
the electric hand-lamp," she added
"It's in the kit-box, I think."
He looked In the kit-box, but the
lamp ' was not there. He told
"Maku may have stolen it." she
Orme slipped a heavy wrench into
his 'pocket and closed the kit-box.
With the girl, he avoided any refer
ence to the possible presence of tha
Japanese among the trees, but know
ing that he was no match for them
unarmed, with their skill in Jiu-jitsu,
he resolved to be in some measure
He walked through the gate and
began to pace northward, keeping
close to the fence and counting his
steps. Meantime the car followed
his course, moving along the side ol
the road Just west of the fence. Orme
counted his hundred paces north, then
He saw that the 210 paces which he
now had to take would carry hi in
well over toward the lake. The girl
evidently had not realized how great
the distance would be. She would be
nearer him, if she turned back to the
corner and followed the Sheridan
road eastward toward the life-saving
station, but Orme did not suggest thia
to her, though the car was within
twenty feet of him, the other side ol
the fence. If there should be a strug
gle, it would please him just as well
that she should be out of hearing,
for her anxiety, he knew, was al
ready great, though she kept it closo
ly under control.
Eastward he went through the
trees. When he had covered about
half the distance he found hlmsell
approaching the side of a large build
ing. There must be some mistake,
Had he deviated so widely from the
course? In leaving the fence he had
taken sights as carefully as he could
Then the explanation struck him
Walsh, the burglar, had probably
paced In eastward from the fence and
come to the building Just as he had
There was no good hiding-place ap
parent near at hand, and Walsh wo.-i
hardly have retraced his steps.
What, then, would he have done?
Orme asked himself. Why, he would
have turned north or south.
Orme looked in both directions.
North and south of the building wera
open driveways. Walsh must have
gone around the building, then con
tinued eastward. This is what Orme
now proceeded to do.
Remembering the number of pacea
to the side of the building, he chose
the northward course, because there
was less light north of the building.
He hugged the side of the building,
counting his steps, and, after reaching
the corner, turned eastward. He now
counted his paces along the northern
side of the building.
When he reached the corner of the
eastern side of the building, be
paced as far southward on the east
ern side as he had gone northward on
the western side, and on reaching a
point due east of the place at which
he had originally come to the build
ing, he added the number of paces
from the fence to the building to the
number of paces he had taken along
the northern side of the building, and
continued eastward toward the lake.
At the two hundredth pace he
stopped to reconnoiter. Not more
than two hundred feet ahead of him
he could see dimly, through the tree
trunks, the expanse of the lake.
There was no sound, no evidence that
any other person was near.
He proceeded cautiously for ten
paces. Many trees were near him.
He would have to examine all of
them, for It was hardly possible that
he had followed Walsh's course with
unerring exactness. If the tree was
within twenty feet of him north or
south, that was as much as ho could
One thing was clear to him.
Walsh had probably chosen a treo
that could easily be distinguished from
the others, either by Its size or by
some peculiarity of form. Also, the
tree must have a hollow place in
hca the envelope could bo
that I eealed. Orme now decided
Walsh must have found hla tree first
ind then paced westward to the fence.
The even number, 100 paces north
from tha gate, could be only a coinci
dence. A. little to hit left Orme discovered
a trunk much larger than lta neigh
or, U U hl elht
feat to tha first limb. An agile man
ceuld easily gat up ta this limb and
VuTl hlmaelt (at tha tranches. A
rarity such as are so common in oaks,
would furnish a good place for hiding
the envelope away,
i He looked up. Suddenly a light ap
peared among the branches. It was a
short rny, striking against the trunk.
Before Orme could realize what was
A Figure Swung From the Lower
) Branch Apparently Without Haste.
hannenine a hand appeared In the
little bar of radiance and was in
serted apparently into the trunk of
'the tree. A moment later It was
withdrawn. It held an oblong of
; Involuntarily Orme took a stop for
Iward. A twig cracked under his foot.
Instantly the light went out
t Orme drew the wrench from his
pocket and stood tense. There was
no other tree quite close enough for
he man above him to spring to its
branches. He would have to drop
, Standing there, the wrench In his
hand, Orme felt that the advantage
was his. He heard rustlings in the
branches above his head and kept
himself alert to cuard against the
man dropping on his shoulders.
1 To strike the Japanese down as he
dropped from the tree, that was his
plan. But meantime, where was the
other Japanese? Was he among the
near shadows? If so, he might even
now be creeping stealthily towurd
Orme. The likelihood of such an at
tack was disconcerting to think of.
But as Orme was wondering about tt,
it occurred to him that the man in
the tree would not have gone on
guard so quickly, If his confederate
were near at hand. It was natural
that he should have put the light out
but would he not immediately after
ward have given some signal to the
friend below? And would he not take
It for granted that, were a stranger
near, his watcher would have man
aged to give warning? No, the other
Japanese could not be on guard.
Perhaps, thought Orme, only one
nf them had come on this ouest. He
honed that this might ba the case,
He could deal with one.
The man in the tree was taking hla
own time to descend. Doubtless he
would await a favorable moment
then alighting on the ground a far
from Orme as possible, make off at
top speed. ,
But now, to Orme's surprise, a fig
ure swung from the lower branch ap
parently without haste. Once on the
ground, however, the stranger leaped
An intuition led Orme to thrust out
his left arm. It was quickly seized,
but before the assailant could twist
it, Orme struck out with the wrench;
which was in his right hr.nd. Swift
though the motion was, his opponent
threw up his free arm and partly
broke the force of the blow. But the
wrench reached his forehead never
theless, and. with a little moan, he
dropped to the ground in a heap.
As Orme knelt to search the man,
another figure swung from the tree
and darted northward, disappearing
in the darkness. Orme did not pursu
it was useless but a sickening in
tuition told him that the man who
had escaped was the man who had
He struck a match. The man on
the ground was moving uneasily and
moaning. There was a scar on his
forehead. It was Maku.
! He went through the unconscious
man's pockets. There was no enve
lope such as he was looking for, but
he did find a folded slip of paper
which he thrust Into his own pocket
A discovery that interested him,
though it was not now Important, he
made by the light of a second match
It was the marked five-dollar bill. He
would have liked to take it as a
pouvenir, if for no other reason, but
time was short and Maku, who evi
dently was not seriously hurt, showed
signs of returning consclousnes.
Another occurrence also hastened
him. A man was strolling along the
lake short, not far away. Orme had
not seen his approach, though he
was distinctly outlined against the
open background of lake and sky.
The stranger stopped. The striking
of the two matches had attracted his
"Have you lout something?" he
"No," Orme replied.
The man started toward Orme, aa
If to investigate, and then Orme no
ticed that outlined on his head was
To be found going through the
pockets of an unconscious man was
not to Orme's liking. It might be
possible to explain tha situation well
enough to satisfy the local author!
tlea, but that would Involve delays
fatal to any further effort to catch
the man with the envelop.
Bo ha Jumped to hla (eat an4 raa
nortnward, men turned to tne west
Circling about he made for the gate
at which he had entered. His pur
suer either took the wrong lead in the
darkness or stopped to examine Maku,
for when Orme went through the
gate and doubled back, outside th9
fence, to the car, there was no sound
of steps behind him. He Jumped to
the chauffeur's seat
"Well?" Inquired the girl, eagerly.
"Too late," said Orme. "I'm sorry.
I caught Maku, but the man with the
envelope got away."
She laid a hand on his arm. "Are
you hurt?" There was unconcealed
anxiety in her voice.
To say the things he yearned to
say! To be tender to herl But he
controlled his feelings and explained
briefly what had happened, at the
same time throw ing on the power and
driving the car slowly northward.
"I only know that the fellow ran
northward," he said. "He may have
worked back or he may have gone
on. He may have climbed another
tree and waited."
By this time they had come to the
northern limits of the grounds, but he
hd seen no one.
Suddenly the girl exclaimed:
Orme stopped the car. Somewhere
from the distance came a faint hum.
Another car!" he muttered.
"Yes," she said. "Oh, but I can do
no more. I am tired, Mr. urme. we
cannot catch that car, even If It does
hold the man we want and there la
no way of being sure that it does."
"If there is any place to leave you,
I will go after him alone." He had
turned the car as he spoke and was
sending it slowly southward.
"No," she said wearily. "We you
must do no more tonight. You have
been so good, Mr. Orme to help nie
in a matter of which I could tell you
almost nothing. I won't even try to
thank you except by saying that you
He knew what she meant. He had
met her need, because he had shown
Its greatness without her telling him.
His recognition of her plight had been
unaccompanied by any suggestion of
ignored conventions. No gushing
thanks would have pleased him half
He smiled at her wistfully. "Does
it all end here?"
"No," she said, "I will not let it
end here. We are friends already; in
fact, Mr. Orme, as soon as I can do
so, I will see that we are friends in
name. Can you accept as little a
promise as that?"
"I can accept any promise frora
vou." he said gravely. "And now
shall I take you home?"
"Not home. It is too far. But I
have some friends a few blocks away
who will take me in. Turn here,
Under her guidance he took the car
through several streets, drawing up
at last before a large, comfortable-
looklna- nlaee. set back from tha
wmTwK, .hrubUd lawn
before it. Several windows were still
lighted. Ho descended to help her
She hesitated. 1 hate to ask it,
Mr. Orme," she finally said, "but you
can catch the trolley back to Chi
cago. They will take care of the car
He nodded. "But one thing, Girl,"
he said. "I am going to find that
other Japanese tomorrow. I shall get
the envelope. Will you call me up
at the apartment tomorrow noon? If
I am not there, leave word where I
can find you."
"I will do that. But don t get
yourself-hurt." She let him help her
to the ground.
"At noon," he said.
"At noon. Goodnight, my friend."
She offered her hand.
"Good-night, Girl," he said, and
then he bent over and kissed her
He stood by the car until she had
crossed the lawn and ascended the
steps until the door opened and ad
To be continued.
EAGLES TO HAVE A
GRAND MASK BALL
The Eagles' annual grand mask
ball will be' held at Coates hall on
Saturday evening, Febrauary 18th.
The Eagles' lodge have long since
been placed In the veteran class of
successful ball promoters of the city.
They have all proven successful both
financially and socially and the mem
bers on the various committees do
not propose to Bee the coming event
in anyway contrary to the former
occasions. Four valuable prizes will
bo given to those preparing the best
costumes. Good music has been
secured and there will be plenty of
It. Cents' tickets are 50c, ladies' 25c
and spectators 25c. You are politely
requested to hold the date for the
Moving To PlalUmoulli.
Jacob Meisingcr, sr., Is engaged in
moving his household furniture Into
the residence on north Fourth street,
which he recently purchased. Mr.
Meialngcr Is removing from the farm
west of town a few miles which he
has occupied for some years. He will
turn the farm over to his son and
take life a little more easily than
formerly when he was; actively en
gaged In farming.
.j . . Men's fine dress trouseis 5, 6 and
AO HO. I JSIli 5 r7 vales at iust two set pfi cs
) 3 and $4. They are nearly gone.
u ii ft I n) Men's fine suits, worth from $15
AO NO. Jan. 9 Wo $30, at three set prices to close
) $9.75, $12.75 and $17.75. For
strictly cash. All marked in plain
.... . Men's overcoats, a clean sweep on
AO HOi 3 Jail. 12 hiffh grade coats at just 3 prices
) pnets $7, MO and H5. These
offers are genuine.
A few small sizes in boy's winter
overcoats at give-away prices to
clean them up $1 and $2. Just
think of it!
These are bargains unprecedented. They are,
not only on paper, but they are in the store Vou
can see them and realize on them if you come soon.
You don't have to take the cars to find them
They're rignt here at home. Watch this
space for other items. Also our ad!?ts. It will sure
be money in your pocket.
C. E. Wescott's Sons
THE HOME OF SATISFACTION
IDE NEWLYWEDS AND THEIR BABY"
MI RECEIVED III THE PARMELE
The House Crowded Almost to
Audience Highly Delighted
"The greatest show of the season,"
was the verdict of everyone who had
the pleasure of seeing "The Newly-
! weds and Their Baby" at the Barm
ele theatre last night, and the house
was filled almost to overflowing.
When you take Into consideration
that the prices were $1.50 and $1.00
down stairs, and 75 and 50 cents in
the balcony and the gallery, a crowd
ed house means that the show was
remarkably well patronized for a
city the size of riattsmouth, and not
one went away regretting that they
had paid so much to see "The Newly-
weds and Their Baby."
The company consists of fifty peo
ple, mostly ladlcB, and not a poor
actor among them. Their songs were
up-to-date In every respect and their
costumes were dazzling with bright
ness and most of them were very fair
to look upon, in fact, beautiful,
which cannot be said of many com
panies of a like character, that have
visited riattsmouth. The dancing
girls were good, and were greatly ap
plauded. William Clifton, as Ferdi
nand Newlywed, a father and proud
of it; Emsy Alton as Mrs. Newlywed,
baby's mama; Master Earl Knapp, as
the baby, and D. L. Don, the waiter,
kept the houBo In a roar of laughter,
from the time the play opened to the
close. Master Earl Knapp, in the
full meaning of the trite saying, was
FEES OF PROBATE JUDGES
MAY EXCHANGED SOME
At a meeting of the county Judges
of the state some time since the mat
ter of fees of the office of county
judge was discussed and a bill will be
offeied changing the fee bill quite
materially. In civil cases wl.ere a
fee for docketing each cause is now
TO cents, the new law propcfcs $2.50
for docketing tho causa In both term
and justice of the pciue cubes.
In probate natters Inf-ltat of the
law now in force allowing a specified
fee for each service performed, as
filing and recording Instruments, a
luiup sum will bo chu't'ud under tho
new law, graded In aniuw.it fixed on
the value of the estate administered
upon taking an estate of $1,000 as
the basis. In such estates the maxi
mum fee is not to exceed $15 with a
gradual rise in the schedule until the
$5,000 estate Is reached, the new law
fixing the fee at not to txceed $25.
A $10,000 t-state would pay the pro
bate judge f 35, and a $50,000 estate,
$C0, and in estates above $50,000 the
feu under the proposed law Is to be
C0. In estates .where there are to
Its Sealing Capacity, and Th
With Entire Performance.
a "crackerjack." He acted the baby
to perfection, and Is old enough to
vote. The scenery was superb, th
oichestra and music In general was
of a high character, and take It all la
all, everything connected with th
show was splendid.
It Is very seldom that shows of tha
immensity of the Newlyweds visit
such small cities, as the expenses of
such a large company Is enormous
and they are compelled to have large
audiences In order to come out even.
In small cities. It would take too
much time and space to review th
cast of characters and give "credit
to whom credit Is due." Suffice to
say that the entire cast Is good, but
some, as Is usually the rase, much
better than others. Manager Dun
bar Is to be congratulated upon hla
efforts In securing such an attraction
as "The Newlyweds and Their Baby,"
and we were glad to see that those,
efforts were appreciated to the x
tent they were by our people last
night. The audience was one of the.
best that ever attended an attraction
in riattsmouth, and the good feeling
that existed during the entire per
formance, demonstrated that the
"Newlyweds" brought to our city an
entertainment that gave such delight
to the large audience that honored
them with their presence. The com
pany went from here to Nebraska
City this morning.
The marriage license Is relBed to
to end tha ceremony aliowod to stay
at the former figure, $3. In adoption
itnd guardianship matters the limit l
$S, where rot contested. The annual
repcrt of a guardian under the pro
j'ohed law will be $3. Tho fees pro
vided for in the bill tire In addition
to tho feej of publisher of probate,
notices. In cases of content tho bill
provides that the county jude shall
have In addition to the above fees for
oil things made necessary by such,
contest the Bamo fi'es provided for
like services in civil cases wherein ho
hn concurrent Jurisdiction with tho
Before Jude Archer.
A suit' was commenced before
Ju lge Archer yesterday, in which A.
Kaufmann and daughter are palln
tlffs and August SItzmann Is defend
ant. Tho amount In controversy Is
$34 .34, and Is for goods and mer
chandise sold and delivered to de
fendant at plaintiff's store In Cedar
Creek. The case will be for hearlng
on the 20th Inst.
Frank Svoboda, of Mynard,. was
In the city, a few hours last evening;
having come up to attend the theatre
While In the city Frank was a guest
of the Perkins house,
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