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A IFnfflffisftBn Anananvmaiiry W&ir Story
Ky IROTALL PaBURIISW
COPYRIGHT. 1909. BY A. C McCLURG & Ca
I SAT down facing the table where
Judge Dunn died, and In tin
silence uiy mind Insensibly be
gan to review those swiftly re
curring eveuts of the past few days.
H seemed to me I bad lived years since
first coming to this house years frill
f violence, death, danger and cxcita
Bient And how greatly was I indebt
ed to Donald and to Jean! I wondered
K she would confess to him now the
story of our relationship. It must have
cost her much to make that open
avowal before Dunn nnd his men; she
was driven to it by hope of saving my
life. It would be ha rder yet to confess
the truth to Donald. I bad gone no
further in my thought when he came
"I am picking up the ends of a rath
er tangled skein, King," he said easily,
"but little by little it is straightening
We waited for, perhaps, five minutes
in silence, Donald seemingly buried in
thought. The lieutenant came in with
Donald descended first, after light
ing the lantern nnd throwlug the Illu
mination well down the shaft. I fol
lowed, with Dunn loitering in the
rear. We grouped together at the
loot of the ladder, all alike dreading
the possibilities of the dark passage.
Donald advanced n step or two, hold
ing the lantern high so as to throw
the rays of light forward. There we
saw revealed an outstretched baud.
We were used to death death by vio
lencebut this discovery In that place,
our nerves already strained to the ut
most, came like n shock. It was a
ghastly sight, that one white hand
showing there in the ray of light.
Dunn gave utterance to a single cry
of horror, but Donald nnd I pressed
forward silently, determined to know
the truth. A dozen steps and we
stood beside the body, able nt a glance
to comprehend the whole story.
Daniels, in his old campaign Jacket,
his hat beside him. li! seamed, rugged
face upturned, lay dead at our feet, n
knife wound in bis throat, .lust be-
yotin, Willi ncnu siikhu.v oinmeu 011 .1 ; . . .. 1 j
a distinct swagger, bis sword clatter-, protuberance of rock, lay :i woman. , .,
tng against the door, as he stllfly came hiT slender figure draped In a failed j ,...,.,, ,iv.
onald smiled, gazing nt I red wrapper, her gray, straggling locks n.i(.! ,; ) )iv y .1V,
"Kindly take that chair, Lieutenant
Dunn," ho said, "and 1 will detain you
for only a moment. Is it true, as I
have always been led to believe, that
your mother died twelve years ago?"
The mnn's face changed Instantly,
his hands gripping the arms of the
"My mother! Why why do vou ask
"Because Lucille said something yes
terday which aroused my suspicion.
I hnve Just returned from Dartonvllle.
The records of the asylum show she
was taken away from there, uncured.
by your father. Is this true?"
"Yes," the voice scarcely audible.
"Did she die later?"
"Where lias she been kept concealed
nrl these years?"
Dunn wet his Hps, his hands trem
bled. "In the west attic," he admitted at
last. "It it was fitted up and she has
beeu confined there ever Bince. It has
been our family secret."
Ilowever much Donald may have
sympathized, his face expressed noth
ing, and he went coldly on with his
"Your mother is not now in the west
attic. The men who have met their
death In this house have been attack
ed by a woman. Did you know this?"
Dunn rose to his feet, trembling.
"Not until a short time ago. Colonel
Donald. I feared it might prove to be
my mother. Whatwhat can 1 do?"
r'Go with us iu search," and Donald
Dunn hesitated, glancing question
rhgly toward me.
"Is it necessary to have this man
with us?" he nsked.
"1 see uo reason why he should not
be. lie already knows the circum
stances and. besides. Is a gentleman
to be trusled. it may require the j
three of us to handle her safely, and
I greatly prefer King to any of the !
He crossed the room to tl'.e hall, its
if the affair were settled, and we fol- .
lowed without exchanging n word or a I
glance. Much as I despised Dunn I j
could not now but feel a certain syin- :
pathy for him.
"We'll try the Juunel, King," said j
Donald swiftly. "Lift the nudlron.
Who do you suppose closed the trap?"
"Jean probably, for fear some one
mljAlit notice." i
The secret door swung as easily as
ever on its pivot, revealing the in
terior. "The niun never took the lantern!" I
exclaimed in surprise, straightening
up and pointing at the shelf. Uur
eyes met in understanding. Iu our
minds was the same thought perhaps
just below we were to discover un-
hnlf concealing her IVce. Between
them was the knife, a thin blad-d.
The stupefaction of hernr g! Ipped M(j
us ns we stood staring (town tu trie
sight. For n moment no one cf ns j
grasped the full met'iilns of this : ;
Ing tragedy. Then Donald knelt 1:11 1 ;
touched the bodies. I
"Roth tlcad." he said soberly and
looked up at us. "Xo dmilit Dinicls (
died first from the kuife wound, hut 1
he must have reached her In the strug
gle, hurling her down with him. As
she fell her head struck the rock and
the knife dropped from her hand."
1 Tenderly he pressed back the gray
I hair, revealing the woman's face.
Death had softened its expression, giv- ,
ing a younger look, yet even uow It
retained the appearance of suffering.
A throb of pity came to me ns I looked.
"I remendrfr her now," Donald said
gravely. "Rut how the yorrs have
changed her! Calvert, she was your
For answer Dunn dropped upon his
fcnees and bov. ed his head over the mo
We bore thr bodies out by tho way
with the news f her' husband's death
and brought her and the eldest boy
back v.-itti hii to sit beside the bedy.
There remained nothing for ine to do,
and. depressed and lonely. 1 returned
to the descried library and waited.
I wr.s si:;i a prisoner, and 1 won
dered what Donald intended t do with
tne. Without doo.K be und;-rtoed by
new l'.iy eiiiKieetion vlth .lean, and he
might not feel so lenient toward me.
: Where was Jean? Could s!l- be avoid
I ing nie. jishanied of her avowal and
fearful lest I should have taken In r
hasty words seriously? Donald nilulit
; have coin In -ed ihe pirl It was beMcr
I we should never licet again.
The whole thing came to ine l'.i a
' Hash. Donald had reason to fear
Dunn ard not mo. My marriage, to
Jean Dcnslow was a norvDo which he
! was willing to repay. I'revious to my
j appearance ihe love between t hose
1 two was hopeless, the girl's father l'a
1 voting Dunn's suit and forcinj.: her to
j immediate marriage. 1 had blocked
! that by pure accident. Delay was In
evitable, lor the form of a divorce
would have to be gone through with
before Dunn could again claim her.
All this was to the advantage of Don
ald. Ills only immediate desire would
be to get rid of ine, leaving him in
possession of the Held. It was not
pleasant to think about to realize
that the girl was being played with in
tills manner and that 1 was utterly
helpless, if she cared ior me the sit
uation would be different, but my love
was of mi service while her heart be
longed to another. I'layed with? Be
yond question she was part of the
play, acting her role at Donald's dic
tation, as nt.xious as tie was that I
should disappear from the stage.
I had readied this gloomy conclu
sion when the man himself came In,
closing the door behind him and cross
ing the room to stand with his back
toward me looking out of the window.
Finally be turned and looked at. me,
his own face in the shadow.
"King." he said gravely, "as a Con
federate oll'n eii it is no doubt my duty
to hold you as a prisoner of war. 1
suppose that when Dunn recovers I
from his present shock and his old na
ture returns he will make some Rort
of report of this matter and endeavor
to get me Into trouble. The fellow
dislikes you cordially, and. from all I
hear, with good reason. Ilowever,
what he thinks doesn't affect me, nnd
j I am going to give you a horse and
safe passage into your own lines you
and your wild Irishman."
"I thank you very much. Colonel
Donald." rising to my feet nnd speak
ing rather stillly.
"Not nt all. lieutenant. I believe I
owe you my life, out that counts even
less with me than Joan's desire. I
have promised your release to her."
1 o:!ld r.ny nothing, and he went on
"I have Just been given the details
of what occurred at Denslow's plan-t-Oi:i
aid v-'i- connection with tli
affair. It makes a very peculiar
story. I had heard it hinted at be-
110 reason to Mippi:o
Mav I ask. do yon
antaj'e f this situ-
My own relntions
i was true, but tail not in the way
you thought, l isten to me. I wish to
tell you a little-.lust a little -about
my own life, then you will under
She paused witli eyes cast down, her
"My biith t x 1c pi. ice lifteen miles
east i)!' here on Clear creek, in the
uuiiniains. I.ot;g b.'fore then my fam
ily had become involved in a lend that
h;.s lo.t many lis t s. My father was
not if a nature to keep this up. but
was compelled to defend himself, and
for some years the other side was iu
the asu'i'dant and used its power
: eriorsolessiy. When I was but a child
our home was burned to the gt ootid
ami ray mother, with me iu her arms,
driven to the mountains. My father
was away nt tne time, and the ex
posure of the night cost my mother's
I could see the tears In her eyes nt
the memory, yet she continued speak
ing. "It seemed as if this loss of Ids wife
temporarily crav.ed my father. It seem
ed to change his entire disposition, and
he lived only for revenge and to drive
the other faction from this region. For
the time he appeared to lose all Inter
est in me and passed his days and
nights In the mountains with the few
he could gather to his cause
taken to the home of an aunt, my
mother's sister. 1 must have been n
lovable child, for I won her affection
nnd that of her husband. They Insist
ed upon adopting me ns their own, and
as my real father had no home, no am
bition other than revenge, he consent
ed, and I became legally Jean Dons-
T . M
- JUST RECEIVED FROM HEW YORK A -
; SUPPLY 0 LINENS
lit" t'rr '-ud
itm it 1 "iti
Sheer Handkerchief Linens
Round Thread Linens for hand embroidering
Plain Satin Damask
Brown Dress Linens
White Goods of all kinds
Nainsook Dimities India Linens
Linweaves and Longdoths
The undersigned, Ailministrut-
1 w,,s ors of lite estate of the late An
drew K. Taylor, will sell at Pub
lic Auction, on Ihe farm, one
mile east and one-half mile
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 1912,
low. No girl could have had a happier
life than mine or greater kindness and CoiniiiciicinK at D O'Glock A. M.,
cure. Itut it is true I love Colonel Hie following: described personal
Donald, for lie Is my fattier.' ,,,,l,,,,- i,,.uii
Ti ,1 1 ... t 1.1 1. I 1
11 seenieu I(. iW i tmim u"i wpcuiv. unraM anA Mi.Ia
The words rushing to my lips choked
tne. Wiat could all this mean, this
confession, this acknowledgment? In
confusion. In eagerness, I succeeded in
"ButTMinn? You were engaged to
"Yes," her eyes uplifting to mine.
One span of mules, 3 and i
years old, weight 2,000.
One span of mares, in foal, hay
and black, weight 2,700.
One span gray mares, in foal,
One gray gelding, coining 4
'It was the wish of my foster father, years old, weight 1,300.
and then I knew no better."
"P.ut now? Since then you have
learned your mistake? You do not love
"You forget. I am a married wo
I sprang forward, clasping her hands.
a sudden confidence mastering me.
One bay mare, coming years
old, weight 1,050.
One bay mare, coming 3 years
One bay mare, coming 4 years
One hay gelding, coming 3
"Jean, tell ine the truth-air the years' old.
truth! What Is it your heart says?" One roan mare, in foal, coin-
Shall I ever forget what I read iu jug 3 years old.
ihe right to ask
the depths of those blue gray eyes or
those words In which she answered
"I love my husband."
'I LOVE MY nUSDAND."
of the caWu entrance, taking them
' nt.i cware of that. Colonel Den
ial will a:-v.ef Irankly. I mean
to make every amend in my power.
1 respect and admire Miss Dcnslow
siiici lei.' 1 :..l v.il! irver soind In t'l '
way of her happiness. I pledge you
my void to tli.s and as!; your cotdl
"Yo'.i certainly have that. King." h.
said heartily. "I feel that I can trust
I yen both. This Is an occasion when
1 the blue and the gray can clasp
hands.' and he . held out his own.
"Your horses are at the steps, and
! the more promptly you get nwUry the
better. It may be we shall uever
uie-i again, but I wish your remem
brance of me to be n kindly one."
"It could not be otherwise."
We passed out Into the hall to-
I get her, and the light rested on his
handsome, genlnl face. It was indeed
easy to understand how she had
lea rued to love him. Words seemed
to choke mo I was about to leave
behind all my inspiration and hope.
At the foot of the stairs he stopped,
his hand pressing my arm.
"Jean wishes to speak with you be
fore you go." he said calmly. "She
is In the parlor."
Then he turned and walked away,
leaving me standing there alone fac
ing the closed door. The blood surged
to my face; I could feel the trembling
of my fingers as they grasped the
knob. I had not expected, uot even
hoped for this. She was standing
waiting me in the center of a room
full of sunshine a slender, white robed
figure, with smiling lips and smiling
"I asked Colonel Donald to have
you come to me before your depar
ture," she said firmly, "so there might
lie no misunderstanding between us,"
"You refer to the words spoken yon
der. Miss Dcnslow?" nnd It seemed
to me an icy hand gripped my heart.
"There was no misunderstanding, I
assure you. I realize that what you
wild was merely to save life, spoken
on the spur of the moment"
Her eyes fell, the blood Hooding her
"It wns not that I meant. Lieutenant
King; It was something very different.
I have not really deceived you, hut
but 1 hnve permitted you to deceive
Touniolf. I thought I could let you
go nwny without any explanation, but
I I find I cannot, and Colonel Donald
thinks 1 bad lietter confess the truth."
"I hope you also think so."
"Yes, I-I believe I do. only I hard-
Basket Ball Last Night.
from Saturday's Dally.
Principal of Ihe High school,
I'rof. Oscar Larson departed for
KlnnVfiod last evening fin No. 33
via Louisville and Weeping Wat r
with eighl members of Ihe basket
ball lentil. Two games were to be
ployed before the hoys return to extra good ones.
Platlstnoulh. last night the Elm
wood leant was to be played and
lo-nighl Ihe Nebraska Gily team.
One gray mare, in foal, 8 years
Three gray mares, in foal,
weight 1,200 each.
One black mare, in foal,
One bay mare, in foal, weight
One hay driving mare, weight
One sorrel inure, in foal, com
ing 5 years old, weight 1,350.
One mule coming 3 years old.
Ten mules coining 2 years old,
Five mules coming 1 year old,
extra good ones.
One Jack "Missouri King,"
old, 15 hands
The members of the team going onimnu- r venrs
j t it this tour were: Evan Noble, high.
t otiraii fM-niator, men r.ttwanis, one jack, "Orphan Jny, coin
Don Arried, Elmer Erans, Ralph jMp 4 years old, 15j hands high
Larson, Lesler Dallon and Major
News wtis received in Ibis city
this morning to Ihe effect that the
Mniwood- al hlclcs won Ihe con
test, last night by a close margin,
both Into the main house. Dunn re- ly know how to begin-how to make It
malued with his mother, thoroughly all clenr. When you told ine once that
broken down by this revelation, and you cared for me I said that I loved
Lucille Joined ' him. Donald himself, Colonel Donald. u remember that?"
forgetful of the feud, went to Maria "Yes," eagerly. "Wns It not truer
the score being l'lnllsinoulh 28, soon.
One black stallion, "Lord
Ityron," coming 10 years old,
Cattle and Hogs.
Eour good milch cows.
Two heifers, 2 years old, fresh
One truck wagon.
One set iron truck wheels.
One 8-horse power and -i-hole
Eour sets of work harness.
Two sets buggy harness, one
One man's saddle, a good one.
One boy's saddle, a good 0110.
One set single buggy harness.
"New Ohio" land roller,
One (i-hole corn sheller.
One new "Lawson" gasolio
engine, 12-horse power.
One 2 -row cultivator.
One riding cultivator.
Four walking cultivators.
One 1 0-inch walking plow.
One separate lister and drill.
One disc sharpener.
One single shovel plow.
One "Janesville" disc, 16xt6.
One "Peering" mowing ma
chine. One "Clreat Western," 70
bushel manure spreader.
One "Sandwich" hay loader.
One corn drill.
One "Monitor" press drill,
One 2 -row riding lister.
One "Avery" corn planter, with
One corn elevator.
One "McCormick" corn hinder.
One cream separator.
One 12-inch "Emerson" gang
One 1 4-inch "LaCrosse" gang
Many other art icles too numer
ous to mention.
All sums of .$10 or less, cash.
Sums over 910, one year's time
if desired, purchaser to give ap
proved note, hearing 8 per cent
interest. All property must be
settled for, either by cash or
note, before being removed from
Lunch Will Be Served on the
Grounds at Noon I
W. L. TAYLOR,
G. II. TAYLOR,
Robert Wilkinson, Auctioneer.
John R. Pierson, Clerk.
Doty Wins at Union.
Unite an interesting wrestling
match took place in Union Thurs
day evening between F. E. Poly, of
Weeping Water, and "Husk Yall-
ery, from near Mynaru. Doty was
to throw Vallery twice in thirty
minutes. The contest resulted in
Poly winning the first fall in 11
minutes and the second one in 7
minutes. There was a very fair at
tendance, all of whom were among
Ihe most enthusiastic admirers of
the great game. Poty had a con
lest on for Avoca tonight, but tho
severe weather will prevent him
from getting there and the same
will he postponed.
Two spring calves.
One Durham bull, coining 2
years old, eligible to register.
About 50 head of hogs, weigh
ing from 50 to 150 pounds each.
One Mitchell farm wagon,
three and one-quarter inch.
One farm wagon, 3-inch.
Change of Dates.
On account of Ihe snow drifts
Frank Anderson, the Veteran
Horseman will not. be able to
make Elmwood, Mauley, Louis
ville, Murray and lMuttsmouth on
the dates as advertised but will
he in Elmwood March the 11th,
Manley the 12lh, Louisville the
'3th, Murray the 15th and PlalU
mouth on the 10th.
Farm Sells Well.
(Seorge Oilmore sold his 80 acre
farm, three and one half miles
north-east of town to Tom Wiles
for $15,000. This is one of the
very best 80's in Ihe county and
the price of $187.50 per acre in
dicates it. The farm adjoins Mr.
Wiles and nnything adjoining a
Wiles farm is in danger of being
annexed at Ihe rate of one to Iwo
farms per year. The Davis Ilros.,
T. L. nnd F. J. made the sale.-
Weeping Water Republican.
Does Artistic Work.
Miss Marie Kanfmnnn has on
exhibition in the window of Wey-
rich & Hadrabd" specimens of her
artislie skill in pen drawing.
There are two as fine pictures on
display there as one would see in
many days travel. One in pen
drawing and the other Automatic
Shadu Pen Lettering. Miss Kauf-
mann takes pupils for instruction
in the art, see her.
AS long as these bargains last
we've got to keep talking
Suits and Overcoats, worth $15 to $16.50 jj- Q
Suits and Overcoats, worth $18, $20 and !M A
Suits and Overcoats, worth $25, $27.50 C-l O
and $30, now I O
As soon as you're ready to se
lect your Spring things to wear we'll be glad to
see you and show you. Suits for men and young
men; new weaves, new models; new colors and
patterns. New fresh ideas in Manhattan shirt
patterns. New shapes in John B. Stetson hats;
new Heid caps.
mi'" 'hi alii ntw
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