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I JIMMIED this cellar room to be
nt the north side of th( house
nnd a brief search a 'one the
whIIs of the shadowy Interior re
ealed noth'ng t tm t could nld mo In
any way. It was totally bare, bricked
Mlldl to the floor beams above, the
single entrance by a heavy oak dor,
erWently barred without, as I could
discover no lock, and the only window,
scarcely large enough to admit the body
of a boy., secured by stout strips of
inm. between whit b the daylljibt filter
ed weakly. Without tools of some kind
the walls were Impregnable, and there
was absolutely nothing 1 could use as
wedge, lever or hammer. I dim at the
tricks, tested the wiudow sir ps and
eierclsed my strength and Ingenuity
t every possible manner, driven to
oew expedients by recollection of my
perilous position, but xueb eft oris were
all useless. Wearied and uearisiek. I
had fallen back upon the blankets,
wben food was suddenly shoved
through the quickly opened door. I
aught merely a glimpse of a black
hand and arm.
1 bad completed my meal and was
sitting with bead burled in my hands
my thoughts insensibly drifting to
Jean Denslow. If I could only really
nsderstaud her; If I could know how
she felt toward me now under the
shadow of this crime. Of course I
wns In her thought merely as a chance
acsuuintanee. an enemy. Indeed, so
tor as the uniform went, yet slip bad
exhibited some Interest and perhaps
still retained a slight doubt of my
guilt. Slrl though she was In years,
yet hers was the heart of a woman,
and I felt that she would stand for
all she deemed to be right In face of
them all. I was staring down at the
bricks, so dpeply Immersed in gloomy
esujectures as to be unconscious of all
else; I beard no sound, and yet some
thing told ir.e of another presence.
As my eyes lifted I saw ber. standing
lone Just within the closed door,
looking at me.
1 stared at her as at an apparition,
unable at the moment to d.sassoclate
her from the vision of my day dream.
I even struggled to my feet without
realizing that she nctnally stood there
ta the reality of flesh nnd blood. No
doubt both look and action pictured
my bewilderment, for her lips curved
to a smile, nnd she spoke quickly.
"I am not a specter. Lieutenant
"It needed your voice to convince
nw." I returned, bowing nnd feeling
the sudden release of blood In my
wins. "I had been thinking, of you,
frilled to bear your entrance, and then
Suddenly saw'vou fttaiuTlug there. 11
ertnlnly startled me."
"You were thinking of me?" "J" he
temp wns slightly curious.
Yes; wondering If you believed me
gtrtlty; hoping you nt least gave me
lie benellt of the doubt. Your appear
we was like nn answer to my query.'
" am only a girl. Lieutenant King,
with no very wide experience In life.
yet I cannot he mistaken n I together in
your character I not only believe yon
guiltless of this crime, but I trust yo i
tfhcrwlse or I should not be here
TV II I yon give me your word that 1 am
"Before find." yes." earnestly. "I
know nothing of the crime except what
I told in the library "
"And I may trust yon?"
"To i lie end of I lie world. Miss Dens
"Lieutenant Klng"-her words spo
ken slowly, yet with sutlieicnt clear
new "I do not wish to be mlsunder
Mood. I nra a daughter of the south,
ktyul to the Interests of the Confed
eracy. While I believe you guiltless
Ht tnts cruel murder, yet you have en
tered this house as a Yankee ollicer
Scarchlug for one who Is very dear tt
roe, Iwyoud all his claims upon my
protwiTouTTsTT s...i-T r?"uiy country,
lo protect li i in I iiiiitlc you captive,
and I consider jou now as rightfully
a prisoner of war. I have been left
here as your jailer, with no one but
negroes to help me guard you. Miss
Dunn has given way to her nerves and
locked herself In her room: Judge
Dunn Is comparatively helpless. I am
therefore practically alone."
Wlone!" mystified as to her pur
pose in siH'li confession. "You mean,
but for you. I could walk out of that
door What has bc-otne of Calvert
Dunn and Colonel Donald?"
She stepped aside, again uplifting
her eye to my face as she did so.
"Yes." slip said simply, "there Is no
strength Iktc to prevent your escape
I merely appeal to your honor"
Hreathini! hard. I looked at her
van-el v knowing what to say. The
expression of her face, pleading, ques
tiomug decided me
"Thai II1 have greater weight with
me than a barred door. I pledge you
"And I nccept It without reserve.
give you my hand In token of the
compact. You think me nn odd girl.
no doubt. When other children learn
to walk, I was learning to ride and
to use firearms; aye. and to distrust
t.'inirevs rpcniur inni cai..
em e uus Drmum
au unusual confident e In
went. Am I overbold?"
"Far from It; yet I may be when I
nay you are ir.y Ideal of womanhood."
The quick flush mounted to her hair.
her hands clasping.
"Oh. but I did not expect that. What
a poor Ideal you must have? No north
ern school ever held me up as a
model. I hardly know what spirit
possesses me to make me forget the
real purpose of my visit I came In all
seriousness. I told you I was alone
here, but for the negroes. Iteliering
you perfectly helpless, confined here
In the cellar, Colonel Donald rode
away to collect some of his men. who
are widely scattered Just now. Intend
ing to convey you under guard tonight
to Johnston's headquarters. Calvert
Dunn, with two of the negroes, de
parted even earlier with Lieuteuaut
"They intend holdlug me, then, as a
' prisoner of war?"
She hesitated, as If doubtful of her
reply, her eyes lifting suddenly to my
own. tbeu falling as quickly to the
stone floor of the cellar.
"You fear to tell me the truth?"
"No. not that, but I do not feel quite
certain of the final outcome. Itotn
Calvert Dunn and his father bold you
merely as an emissary of Daniels
and would treat you ns they would
him if he ever fell Into their hands
We have not known much about law
In this region, Lieutenant King, and
men have learned to wreak their own
vengeance. I cannot picture to you
what the bitterness of a mountain
feud means" She pressed her hands
to her eyes as if to shut out the mem
ory. yet went steadily on. her soft
voice trembling with emotion. "1-1
have seen so much of it: from my
babvhood I have lived amid
scenes of violence burned homes, wo
men and children suffering and destl
tute. men shot down from ambush
and outrages unspeakable. War is
terrible, but n mountain fend turns
human beings Into fiends "
Her words, the deep Intensify of her
utterance, told how clearly she recalled
it all She stopped, breathing heavily.
one hand reaching out to the door for
"Hut why should It be? We know
nothing of such conditions In Hie
north. What caused all this lighting?'
"1 I heard the story." speaking now
almost wearily. "Way back, they say
a huudred years ago. when the first
settlers came, some controversy arose
between the Danlelses and the Don
aids. Blood wns shed, nnd little by lit
tlo every relative was drawn into the
controversy. Tlie TanMses were Hie
more numerous, the more Ignorant,
the more vindictive. Colonel Donald
saw them kill his father and burn his
own home to i be g ouud. He sougut e.ir
uestly to compromise, lo make peace
The others laughed, thought him a
oward. and finally burned bis borne
for the second time, twenty of them.
t midnight. Hill Daniels at their
head. They left h' I seriously wound
ed and drove his wife ar.d children Into
tue nlu'lit and storm. His wife and one
'hiltl died from exposure. He lay for
weeks In this house delirious with
fever, and twice those fiends sought
him even then When he recovered he
was auother inau-living for uo other
purpose than to clear this region or
that scum, lie was five years at It.
uight and day. tireless as a blood
hound Hill Daniels was tried for mur
der and convicted He escaped from
Jail two years ago and since then.
until the war broke out. we have had
peace. Now he has come back come
back with the Yankee army behind
him -ami and It Is murder agalu"
" Y on know tills to be all true?"
The cellar was almost dark now.
but 1 could see her straighten up, her
hands clasped light I v together
Do 1 kiu.w? Oh. i bid. yes; I have
been part of it. I have seen men sh.it
down I have cowered in darkness
uiii ruin while flames destroyed I he
house I called home. All my t hi.dliood
was a passion of fear."
"You say Calvert Dunn and his
followers hold me lo tie one of Dan
iels' followers ami would deal with me
accordingly? How about Colonel Don
"He believes you guilty of killing
Lieutenant Navarre, but merely In an
effort to escape. Otherwise he thinks
you have told the truth nnd favors
turning you over to the military au
"They expect to return?"
"Yes. tonight, with a squad of Colo
nel Donald's men."
"And yet you ask me to remain
Miss Denslow. to remain, here voiun
tarlly nnd wait for them?" I asked In
despair of comprehending "You opeu
the door of my prison, yet ask me to
wait the return of men who are un
decided whether they will bung un
outright or merely fling me Into i
southern prison? You really ask this?'
Site took a step forward, her hand
outstretched us though she would
"Yes. Lieuteuaut King, I do ask it. I
ask It because 1 nm afraid to be left
here any longer alone. I nsk it be
cause I believe you are innocent, and
I wish to give you an opportunity Ic
prove It. 1 nsk you to pledge me you!
word not to leave me until the other.
come I believe the assassin is stil
In the bouse."
In complete amazement 1 heard these
words, too surprised for the momen
to utter a syllable. It was fear, thou
that had driven ber here. Yet this
fact did not lu au.r way lessen the ue
as proof of her confidence.
"Yon say the assassin Is still here
in this house?" I Questioned. "Are
"No, not sure, but I have every
reason to believe so Oue of the serv
ants cauubt a glimpse of him. nnd I
have secH fnal w filch has aroused my
own suspicious. I have uot dreamed
this, but i actually believe there is
some presence in this house seeking
evil. This house was built in time of
feud and In a feud country. Judge
Dunn was then on the bench and had
made many dangerous enemies by his
decisions. He always was a 'man to
arouse animosity by his arbitrary
manner and abrupt speech. As n girl
1 beard this house contained a bidden
room nnd secret passages so nrrauged
as to facilitate escape In time of peril
or attack. Calvert Dunn has confessed
as much, but he and his father alone
kuow the secret It would be useless
to question the Judge."
"Where Is he now?"
"Where you saw him last, occupy
ing bis chair In the library, his body
perfectly helpless, bis mind apparently
as active as ever, but more bitter than
before because of his physical weak
ness. I do not thluk be has slept for
two nights or that be has uttered a
word except to curse the servants who
brought hlni food."
I had the full picture of the situa
tion clearly before me now the super
stitious, unwilling darkles, knowing
just enough to be frightened at their
own shadows: the characterless and
colorless Lucille, suffering from a
headache and locked safely away with
in her own room; that vindictive old
man, seated helpless In his chair, bis
strange eyes glaring out across the
library table, and Jean Denslow left
alone In the big house to cope with
Its mystery, the night shadows clos
ing In. Instinctively I extended by
band, and lu the sudden response of
comradeship f ho slipped her own Into
"1-1 believe I nm actually afraid,"
she confessed. "This is so different
from a real danger this tills haunted
1 do not recall what I snld. but I
know I retained her hand In mine and
must have spoken words of encour
agement, for when we emerged from
that dark hole of a cellar Into the nar
row hallway, already lighted by a
hanging lamp, her eyes were smiling
nnd the clasp of ber Angers bud grown
"I shall want weapons, Miss Dens
low," 1 said, as we stood looking up
and down the main hall, "for whoever
this visitant may prove he will be of
flesh and blood nnd not Impervious to
a bullet. You can trust me nrraed?"
"Oh. yes; I will get your own re
volvers Thpy are left In tho library."
She wns buck in a moment and I
snnpped the belt about my waist, feel
Ing renewed confidence, as I found
both weapons still loaded.
Lamp in hand. I explored every
nook nnd corner, peering under furni
ture and into closet recesses, until ab
solutely convinced that not even a
rat could have escaped my scrutiny.
Having thus completed the lower floor.
not even forgetting to test the walls In
hope of thus locating the secret room.
was for following the same course
bove. had not she begged me to de
sist, her voice trembling, her face pa
hetlc as she pleaded Through the
partially opened door I caught a
glimpse of the Judge at the library ta
ble, his head Iwnved forward as If be
slept, but I did not venture to enter
Miss Denslow." I said at last. stand
ng nt the foot of the stairs, "If li is
rue that any one is hiding in the
house, as you suspect, the fellow musi
be the murderer of Lieutenant Na
aire. Naturally I wisli to make thai
man prisoner. Are you wining to su
here In the dark, thus helping me to
lraw hlni lino the trap?"
Her eyes lified lo mine in a single
Yes." she said quietly. "I know I
mi nervous, straugeiy so, yet I a:u not
I blew tint the light, placed two
hairs b.,ck In the denser shadow tin
lenient!) the circular staircase and
made ber sil down In the one nearest
the wall Her hand was cold, t remit
ling as I touched it. and I whispered
i few words of courage Into her ear
but she made no eliort to respond
Perhaps we had been sitting thus for
ten minutes. In a stillness so profound
is to lie painful, when I felt the girl's
hand steal along the arm of my chair
and press my sleeve The movement.
incotisciuusly made perhaps, was elo
quent of her distress or mind, and.
obeying the first Impulse. I clasped her
lingers within my own. We sat thus
in the dark, like two lovers, listening
Intentlv, neither venturing to speak
Was she right or wrong in her sus
piclon? Had overstrained nerves cans
ed her to believe the house haunted?
Or had the assassin, dissatisfied with
his previous work, returned to com
plete his task? I was not couvlnced
either way, yet the fellow must be
mad to run such risk of discovery
Still, If he understood the situation
that the girl bad been left nione. his
venture would not be particularly
dangerous; lie had no reason to fear
her or the negroes Yet If lie knew all
this, he 'must also be aware that Colo
nel Donald and Calvert Dunn would
soon return and that he must nel
quickly In order to escape. A grea'
clock at the rear of the hall boomed
out nine strokes, causing us both to
start nervously at the first unexpected
sound I counted tho strokes to make
su r of the hour
"Do yon know when the others are
expected back?" I asked In a low whis
per. turning my face toward her bare
ly perceptible outline.
"No; they witp unable to say. but
they surely must be here before morn
ing." "Perhaps it Is cruel of me to luslst
upou your remaining here In the dark.
Y'ou could go luto one of the rooms
with a lump and lie down nnd rest."
"Oh. no." the clasp of her hand
tightening; "T am Tar foo nervous.' I
prefer being here with you."
I To He Continued.)
Altl-iHttpli for the present I nm
ti'talile to he on Main si reel, it is
my in I enl ion lo continue writing
Fire Insurance und AcicuVnt In
surance, ana lurmsning jsonus,
as heretofore. I hope to retain the
business which has been gen
erously given to me in the past,
and will he pleased to accept any
new business in these lines which
nay he offered.
For the present I can be seen
at my homo with Mrs. Waller J.
White on North Sixth street, and
can be reached by Bell telephone
No. F-11 2. J. E. Rarwick.
Sheriff Quinton and Adam Kaf
fenberger, jr., went to Lincoln
this morning to act as an escort
for Frank Doud and George Lytle,
the men charged with safe-blow
ing at Louisville on September
29, 1911. These men will bo tried
next week. Doud's trial will prob
ably be begun Monday.
CASTOR I A
For Infants and Children.
The Kind You Have Always Bo'igV
The Best Flour in the
Market. Sold by all
WAY OF DOCTORING MASONRY
Germans Adopt Method That Entirely
Obviates Necessity of Tearing
Down Cracked Walls.
Ingenious Germans of Hamburg re
cently have adopted a method of doc
toring masonry that entirely obviates
the necessity of tearing down cracked
and decaying walla.
In the city of Hamburg two crumb
ling railway bridges were used In the
experiments. They were 51 feet In the
arch spans, and cracks had appeared
everywhere, so that the structures
barely hung together. Holes were
bored through the masonry to get to
the depths of the cracks and a watery
cement mortar was pumped In under a
pressure of five atmospheres until all
the crevices were filled. When this
bad hardened it was found that the
bridges were as firm under all tests as
new masonry, and were not even dis
figured by the process.
To the antiquary as well as the
practical engineer, this should appear
as a boon, for ancient stone structures
with historical associations, which be
come dangerously weak can be given a
renewed youth without rebuilding or
destroying any of the marks of vener
able age. In this country more bridges
and other stone structures are torn
away because they no longer accom
modate their needs, than because they
are outworn, but there may come a
time In America when we shall have
occasion to do a little patching, and
the German methods will serve ex
cellently. PUTTY KNIFE IS IMPROVED
Scraper Attachment Leaves Blade
Free for Spreading Advantage
Over Old Style.
Painters and glaziers will find a
great convenience In the improved
putty knife desljned by a New York
man. The Invention la a small one
Improved Putty Knife.
and the need It fills could scarcely be
called a crying one, but It baa distinct
advantages over the old style knlie.
The new knife has a slot running
across It near the end and In the slot
a scraper blade Is pivoted on a hinge.
When not In use the ncraper lies hat
along the knlle blade, but It can be
opened to abut tbe blade at right an
gles. The putty Is placed. on tbe end
of the knife and. with tbe thumb
pressed against It, Is laid along tbe
edge of a window frame, or wherever
It is to go, as in the old mernod In
scraping off the superfluous putty,
however, it Is not necessary to remove
that from tbe knife blade and use the
edge of this blade, as was formerly
the case. Tbe scraper attachment on
the new type does this work even more
effectively and the end of tbe knife la
Age of Fish.
, Until within recent years there bad
been ascertained no trustworthy way
of finding out the age of flab It has
been shown that mere size does not
Indicate tbe age. Relblsch, Helncke
and others have discovered that many
of tbe bones, scales and otoliths of
fishes have annual age rings, resem
bling those In tree trunks. '
The art of manufacturing nails by
machinery was first practiced In 1790.
The cotton Industry of England
employs many more women than
Artificial wood for matches, made
from straw, has been Invented by a
The Amsterdam diamond trade Is
In tbe bands of ten firms employing
ten thouband workbmen
A species of stiff graRS which grows
ebundnntly In that country Is uued
for matcu sticks In India
The value of the Rand gold Indus
try to tjLUih Africa Is estimated at
half a million dollars a day.
A room will look both larger and
higher by the ubo of wall paper con
taining detilgns in vertical Hues.
Rubber boots are now made with a
Jpather Inner heel which greatly In
creases the boot's period of usefulness.
la Austria, where tbe production
of kerosene la a great Industry, a large
government refinery is under contem
plation. Tbe manufacture of wood pulp pa
per Involves 28 separate operations
from cutting down tbe trees to sewing
Nova 8cotla claims to have tbe
largest gypsum deposits In the world.
Tby vary from a few feet te hundreds
of feet la thickness.
IS LIKE LITTLE KINGDOM
Family Life Is Wholesome Because It
Has Bracing Qualities of
The modern writers who have sug
gested, in a more or less open man
ner, that the family is a bad institu
tion, have generally confined them
selves to suggesting, with much sharp
ness, bitterness, or pathos, that per
haps the family 1b a good Institution
because it is uncongenial. It Is whole
some precisely because it contains so
many divergencies and varieties. It
Is, as the sentimentalists say, like a
little kingdom, and, like most other
little kingdoms, it Is generally in a.
state of something resembling an
archy. It is exactly because our
brother George Is not Interested In our
religious difficulties, but is Interested
In the Trocadero restaurant, that the
family has some of the bracing quali
ties of the commonwealth. It Is pre
cisely because our uncle Henry does
not approve of the theatrical ambi
tions of our sister Sarah that the fam
ily is like humanity. The men and
women who, for good reasons and bad,
revolt against the family, are, for good
reasons and bad, simply revolting
against mankind. Aunt Elizabeth ia
unreasonable, like mankind. Papa la
Is excitable, like mankind. Our young
er brother Is mischievous, like man
kind. Grandpa Is stupid, like the
world: he Is old, like the world. Gil
IN PRAISE OF PUMPKIN PIE
Editor of Yonkers Statesman Pays
Deserving Tribute to Great Amer
There Is another Richmond In the
pie field and the pie editor of the Ohio
State Journal would do well to look
to his hauberk and hla laurels. The,
new knight Is Edwin A. Oliver, editor
of the Yonkers Statesman, father of
the paragraphic Joke, and he prances
Into the arena armed cap-a-ple, as It
were, and with his pie knife couchant.
Listen to his praise of the flaky;
crust with the pumpkin filler:
"When one takes a huge bit of tt
In his mouth and his happy thoughts
unfold Into a dream and he hears afar
'the breaking waves dash high and a
stern and rockbound coast, and the
woods against a stormy sky their
giant branches tossed,' one feels how
happily related to a brave hlstorto
event is the modest pumpkin pie. It
came 'when the conquerors came, and
tbey shook the depths of the desert
gloom with their hymns of lofty
cheer.' This Is cheer the sunbeams
Imbued In pumpkin pie."
'Nother cutting, please. Cleveland
Device of a Brandy Smuggler.
To conceal dutiable goodB among)
free goods, In any Importation, Is the,
prime offense against tbe customs)
laws; yet the high rates of duty on
some articles, such as tobacco and
spirits, offer great temptation to Illicit
traders, who employ all sorts of ar
tifices to smuggle or evade the no
tice of the customs ofllcers.
When silk was dutiable women were
the chief offenders, and as they some
times wound the contraband article
around their persons, under their or
dlnary clothes, It was found neces
sary to employ female searchers, now
no longer brought Into requisition.
One of the latter, on one occasion,
made a curious discovery.
A female smuggler had had con
structed but not for running silk con
traband an India rubber dresB for
wearing under her ordinary clothes.
She appeared, when this contrlvanes
was in operation, to be a very fat
woman; In reality, she was abnormal
ly thin. Dut the India rubber under
wear was double and hollow, and th
space between the skins, so to speak
was filled with brandy!
Early Anti-Trust Law.
An old statute has been unearthed
by the Cincinnati Enquirer and ap
plied to present conditions. If the law
today were what it used to be In the)
early days of Kentucky and were car
rled out we might see Wall street
dotted with men who had lost their
ears for conspiring to restrain trade.
A statute of pome 863 years ago,
which wns Intended to put a stop to
the meat trust, the brewers' trust, tho
bread trust and the fruit trust ot
those days, makes the Sherman act
look gentle. This statute became law
In Virginia and therefore In Kentucky
when Kentucky was formed out of Vir
ginia. It is fair to point out that the
statute of Edward VI. also went after
any laborers who got together to keep
up wages or limit the hours of worfaj,
so that It was mnrkedly in oppos'tlon,
to the beliefs of our own day. More
over, we violate no confidence in say
ing thnt It was enforced more vlo'ent
ly against tho laborers than ngalnBt
the dealers who kept up prices Ken
tucky, It may bo well to add, baa
since repealed the net. Colllor'a.
Wit of Augustus Thomas.
"The trouble with amateur carv
ers," said Mr. Thomas, on one occa
sion, "Is that the gravy so rarely
matches tbe wall paper." A fatuous
argument he characterized ns."liUe a
chorus girl's tights, which touch every
point and cover nothing." When MY.
Thomas waB rehearsing "The Witch
ing Hour," one of the management
stopped tbe players, and, turning to
the author, remarked: "I think this
would be a good place for some witty
"Yes," replied Mr. Thomas. "Afi
for Instance?" Channlng Pollock In
"The Footlights Fore and Aft"
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