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CHAPTER XIV. Continued.
All. though still legible, wero moro
or less Injured by tho Cory ordeal to
which ihey hud boou In some decree
subjected. Tho fire, which hail stopped
before reaching the upper pait of tho
body, had been sufficient for thin.
He ran his eyo on or them nRaln.
What was that? Something which
crackled as ho laid his hand upon one
f the papers nearest to him. It was
a sheet of foreign note paper, much
Hinged, nnd written only upon one
He pushed all the other papers to
gether In a heap. Then, with the
burnt letter before him, with an elbow
planted on each side, nnd his head
supported between hL hands, ho bent
hlnihi'lf to tho task of deciphering
whnt still remained.
At last, after at least an hour spent
In this way, ho niado a gesture of
"1 suppose. I must glvo It up. The
1ask is beyond me at least, this por
tion of It."
llo cast his ee again over tho
"They toll mo nothing as they nre.
They even servo to cast some Impllcn
1lon upon my father's honor, and "
He broke off abruptly, and tho color
forsook his face. What was it the
doctor id hinted at? Something dis
creditable in the past?
He glanced at tho paper again.
"But this speaks of something
worse "
He gave a hasty look round, as
-though he half-feared the possibility
of the presenco of a listener, as he
whispered tho words "Something
He took up his pen again, and once
more concentrated his whole attention
upon the burnt letter.
The paper before him contained a
-number of broken phrases tho be
ginnings end fragments of sentences.
The upper part of the letter had been
"Something I
Jnirncd away, and tho first word which
was decipherable was his father's
name "Silas."
Below this might he read, with
fiome difficulty, tho following inco
herent scraps of sentences, in which,
after all, there was a good deal of
guess work:
"Hrve not forgotten ... of
A twenty years ... on receiving
this letter ... at once for Dover
. . . expect to reach . . . Thcro
Is that between us which . . . not
allow you to deny ... I ask .
. . and many . . you alono can
... If you refuse I shall . . .
that you ... as tho criminal .
. . of your youth."
Heneath this last sentence ho could
make out whnt ho took to bo tho
letter J, which apparently stood for
the initial letter or tho Christian
name, but tho rest of tho signature
' was burned and obliterated.
At this moment something again ro-
f- called to him tho mysterious words
which he had heard tho night before
the funeral, nnd he looked round for a
possible Interpretation of them.
Ills eyo roamed from one object to
another! and his tonguo repeated tho
words "Tho spring at tho back of
the recess!" What recess? Whore?
lie rose from his chair and took a
sharp turn round tho room. Tho
recess! What was meant by tho re
cess? "Father." ho said, as though ad
diesslng somo one present. "Show
mo what you mean." Ho drew up his
halr and resumed his seat; but there
" was that in his behavior which sug
gested one under tho control of som
mesmeric influence, or who walked in
Ills sleep.
Immediately n front of him. lt'i
yo rested upon a small door To
lils surprise, ho now observed (or thu
first time that tho key was In the
lock. He turned It and saw papers
within, tied up In bundles n :it en
dorsed. Somo wero qulto yellow with
age, and Fome were more mod' rn.
.1 He went to work deliberately until
lie had quite cleared tho space. It
was not very largo, but now that it
was empty it formed a sort of
He did not finish tho word oven In
his own mind, hut began to pass his
lingers over tho panel at tho back,
slowly backwards and forwards, an
Inch at a tlmo.
At last, something seemed to catch
liii nail Bomothlng which projected
mer so slightly.
Ho pressed it the spring at tho
back of tho recess firmly. Tlicro
was a llttlo Jarring sound, and tho
back of tho partition fell forward, re-
r,.. Vrt-Atr.
tit I'utittthtna Company.
bystrttt A smith.
venllng another compartment behind
the first.
This at first seomod to contain noth
ing but a packet of old loiters, tied
round with a faded blue ribbon. They
wero his mother's letters, written be
fore her marriage, and treasured ever
A bundle of old love letters. Was
thut all?
No, there was something else. A
photograph, faded and yellow, like tho
letters. A photograph of a young
man, in tho dress, that now seemed
old fashioned and ridiculous, of twen
ty or thirty years ago. The features
were hardly distinguishable, but on
tho back was written a namo and a
date "James Ferrers, taken Juno,
The New Client.
Mr. John Sharp's offices wero situ
ntetl oft the Strand. And at 11 o'clock
one morning Mr. John Sharp wa3
rseatcd In his private room, expecting
a visitor, or, as Mr. Sharp would liavo
expressed it himself, n client. Wlillo
waiting for tho latter to put In an
appearance, .ho whlled nway the tlrao
with tho morning paper.
At the particular moment to which
wo refer, his attention was ongaged
by something in tho top right hand
corner of tho outside sheet, which
seemed to nfford him a considerable
amount of satisfaction.
"It certainly does rend well," ho re
marked to himself cotnplncently. "I
can't deny that, though I did draw It
up myself. "I wonder," ho continued,
rasping his chin with his forefinger,
"whether the gent who's niado the
appointment for It o'clock came from
tho advertisement, or whether ho was
The advertisement referred to was
as follows:
"Sharp's Detective Agency. Swift,
can do for you?"
sure and secret. All Inquiries con
ducted with tho greatest skill nnd dis
cretion. Hvldonco obtained on any
subject. All communications regard
ed as Btrictly private and confidential.
Mr. John Sharp promises to nil those
who honor hlra by seeking his ntd tho
experience of twenty years and the
secrecy of the confessional."
Mr. John Sharp, ns regarded his
outward appearance, was somewhat
or tho weasel order. As he himself
often said. "Shnrp was his namo and
sharp was his nature."
"My new client's late," he con
tinued, looking at his watch. He
opened a door of communication and
put his head through.
"When tho gentleman comes, don't
forget to tell hlin that I'm engaged
for tho moment, but shall be at lib
erty shortly;-and mind you como In
when you hear me bang tho door, and
nsk If I am disengnged and can seo
tho gentleman now."
Tho faithful Jennings performed
his duty to tho letter. "I think," snld
Mr. Sharp, rising and referring to a
memorandum, ns tho gentlomnn was
ushered In, "that I have the pleasure
of addressing Mr. Durrltt? Will you
be good enough to be bcateil."
The visitor admitted that was his
namo, and took the seat Indicated.
"Something I can do for you?" In
quired Mr. Sharp, placing the tips or
his fingers together Interrogatively.
The now cllont, who had with him
a small leather bag, opened It, and
produced threo artlclos, which he
placed upon the tablo beforo him.
Thoy consisted of a square, flat pack
age, a photograph and a ball from a
"Suppose you begin from tho begin
ning and tell mo all about It. I shall
not interrupt you," said Mr. Sharp,
ns ho opened tho note-book and mois
tened a stump of lend pencil with his
tongue. ,
Ho kept his word, though he made
copious notes, and for some moments
thcro was only tho monotonous sound
of tho one voice, as tho now client re
capitulated all tho circumstances
which had led to his seeking Mr.
Sharp's assistance, and which have
already been fully gone Into.
When ho had finished, "I thought
tho namo seemed familiar to me," said
tho othor. "To bo sure, I remembor
nil the clrcumstancos connected with
tho sad affair. And so you think you
havo hit upon tho guilty party?"
"I nm certain of It," was tho deter
mined answer. "I bellcvo I know his
name, and havo proof in my own
mind that ho committed tho dood.
What 1 want you to do is to traco him
for mo or, rather, put mo on hla
track nnd let mo nm him down."
"Phow!" whistled Mr. Sharp, softly,
under his broath. "This Is something
qulto out of tho common, this Is. Sup
pose," ho said, addressing tho young
man, "that wo examine tho ovldonoe.
This Is the bullet, you say; and thin
a photograph you found among tho
deceased gentleman's pnpors, Might
I inquire whnt this is?" laying his
hand upon the her article.
"That la tho letter I spoko or, which
made tho appointment which my
rather kept, nnd was thus, indirectly,
tho cause of Ills death. It Is partly
destroyed; but enough remains to
eIiow that thoro was" hero ho hesi
tated for tho first time "somothlng
of tho nature of a secret between
Mr. Shnrp ran his eyo down tho
page "Humph!" ho remnrkod;
"something vaguo and unsatisfactory.
It certainly seems to hint at some
thing of a suspicious nnturo botweon
tho two."
"Don't make nny mlstuke," put in
Ted llurrltt nt this point; "whatever
there may ho of that naturo does not
cannot apply to my father."
"Probably not! Probably not! But
you must allow a certain amount of
ambiguity of cutting both ways. If
wo could provo tho knowledge- of somo
ncfnriouF somo" hero ho rorerrod
to n sentence In tho copy of tho letter
"somo criminal proceedings con
cerning tho writer on tho part of tho
or thja unfortunnto gentleman who
was shot something which lay be
tween thoso two alono. Why, then,
wo should ho nolo to seo our way.
Suppose thoro was a strong provoca
tion. Suppose thoso two to bo alono
In a rtrst-class carriage. Suppose
that a sudden quarrel -arrises between
them; thnt tho deceased, ns 1 havo
Just said, Is provoked to utter throats
as to what ho may or may not do.
Suppose tho ono threatened, who car
ries a revolver, makes up his mind to
silence him onco for all by tho
mentis of n bullet through his brain."
His client nodded.
"Now," continued Mr. Sharp, "be
foro proceeding farther, Just lot us
como to an understanding aa to what
you want mo to do?"
"I wnnt you," was tho answer, "to
trnce this other from the tlmo that ho
was Inst seen."
"Very good," from Mr. Sharp.
"And to traco his history back
wards from thnt time."
"And tho party's name?"
Ted handed him tho photograph and
showed him what was written on tho
"Very good, sir. I think wo under
stand each other. And you would
wish mo to begin my Investiga
tions ?"
"At once!"
There was a little discussion hero
about terms, expenses, etc., which, be
ing satisfactorily nrranged, tho client
rose nnd prepared to take his depar
ture. "You will lcavo mo this" tho de
tective Indicated tho photograph
"ami your copy of tho letter?"
Ted nurrltt assented and replaced
the other articles.
"I shall mako a point," said Mr.
Sharp, "of going through the report
of tho Inquest again to refresh my
memory, and in case thoro should bo
any llttlo fact thnt may havo escaped
yours. You havo to prove" checking
tho Items off on his flngorB "First,
thnt tho man wo want wroto that let
ter; secondly, that ho was tho other
passenger, und, thirdly, that ho fired
thnt shot."
Tho answer was firm and concise:
"I don't require you to prove the
murder so much as to traco tho man,
nnd, when you have douo so leave
him to me!"
(To be continued.)
A Yankee Trade.
Tho old Yankeo skill at driving a
bargain is not being lost. A woman
visitor nt n fashlonahlo resort on the
Maine coast last summer wont to tho
Unlversnllst church In the placo tho
first Sunday morning of her slay, and
was politely shown to a seat. There
was no hymn hook, however, but tho
occupant of tho pew behind her
reached over and placed ono in her
hands. At tho close of tho servlco tho
visitor turned and thanked tho person,
saying as sho was to attend that
church all summer she would llko to
buy a hymn hook. "Well," said tho
other woman, "I guess you can havo
that book If you'll give mo a pair of
blnck gloves, No. 7." Very well,"
said tho visitor. Tho next day sho
went to Portsmouth, purchasod tho No.
7 black gloves for 11.50 and duly re
ceived tho mho of tho hymnal in ex
chnngo for thorn on tho following Sim
day. Boston Hornld.
One Thing to Avoid.
'Yes," Bald tho groat man, "I am
going to write a book of personal rec
ollections. I think I am prominent
enough to do that, don't you?"
"Oh, yes, you'ro prominent onough,
hut I'd llko to caution you about ono
"What's that?"
"For tho purposes of publication,
don't recollect anything about promi
nent men now living."
"But they're Just the people I want
to write about. Thoso are the kind
of reminiscences that will mako tho
book Boll."
"Oh, well, suit yourself, bur, remem
ber that I warned you."
"What's tho dangor?"
"Why, Just as soon as you bttg'ja. to
recollect things about thom they will
begin to recollect things about yoa."
"I hadn't thought of that," romark4
the groat man. Cincinnati Post.
Women Inventors,
Tho United States has grantod 3,500
patonts to women.
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Stole Collaretteo.
The vogue of the stolo collarette In
an established fact nnd Its number nnd
variety Increase day by day. Tho two
shown are among the best offered and
afford a choice of shape and style.
Number One Is mndo of mole skin
with trimming of ermine and Is shaped
to form n deep round collar nt tho
hack, with stole ends thut tiro nnr-
4609 Stolo Coll&ri'ttt-a,
ono olio
tower nt tho waist line nnd btoader nt
tho lower edge, where thoy terminate
in points.
Number Two Is shown In Persian
lamb cloth with black silk ornaments,
making a finish at the front. The col
lar portion Is nquaro nt both trout
and hack and tho stoles are wider ut
tho ends than at the collar.
Both designs arc available for all
the materials used for collarettes, fur,
lamb cloth, velvet nnd tho like.
To cut either ono will requite U&
cards 27 Inches wide. Tho pattern
1609 Is cut in the medium size only.
Apple Tnploca Pudding.
Suppose you put n half cup or tnpl
oca, to soak over nlRht. 1 have a
white-lined granite kettle, and put the
tnploca to soak In thut. In the morn
ing put a little wnter in; lot it sim
mer slowly, until transparent; put a
tablespoon of butter In, a llttlo salt,
nutmeg, a stick of cinnamon, sugar to
taste; then pare nnd quarter apples
and put In. Put In as many apples as
you waul, and cook until apples are
tender. You will havo something
pretty nice. You can havo rhubarb
and tapioca, strawberries nnd tnploca.
raspberries and tnploca. Cook on lop
of Ktovc. November First.
Seven Gored Skirt.
The seven gored skirt that flares
freely and gracefully at tho lower
portion retains all Its vogtio In pplto
of tho many novelties Introduced.
This ono ulluvvs of cither the inverted
plnlts or habit
h a c It . a nil i b
t r I m m o d with
Bhaped straps thnt
add much to Its
Btylc. As shown it
Is made of nut
brown hopsncklug,
with straps of
broadcloth piped
with velvet, and Is
stitched with cor
tlcelli silk, but all
4610 8vnn doled
lflaro Skirt,
22 to 34 wotst.
matorlals used for sklrta and for en
tire gowns aro suitable.
Tho skirt is cut in seven gores that
nro shaped to widen generously below
tho knees and to provide tho fashion
nblo flare. Tho back gores aro cut
for lnvorted plaits, but can be cut off
at indicated lines when the habit ef
fect Is preferred. Tho straps aro
pointed at tholr ends and aro ar
ranged over tho gores before the skirt
Is seamed.
Tho quantity of material required
for the medium stzo Is 9' yards 21
Inches wldo, 44 yards 41 or 4V6 yards
52 Inches wide whon material has fig
ure or nap; 3V ynrdn 44 Inches or 3,i
yards 52 Inches wldo whon material
lias neither figure nor nap.
Tho pattern 4C15 Is cut In alzes for
a 22, 24, 2G, 28, SO and 22 Inch waist
Violet Is a favorlto color.
Velvet meltings trim frocks.
Jeweled clasps aro much liked.
Painted wood buttons nro noted.
Tho best velveteens will not wear
Lnced effects in ribbon arc still
Walking skirts Just touch tho
Riveted steel arrows trim Binart
Oranges decorate a big brown fur
Lace Is conspicuous on somo of tho
now hats.
Many dcllcato tones aro beautiful
with brown.
Forty-flvo inches is tho poplar coat
It's a fad to havo tho slipper heels
match the gown.
Coat tails of laco aro clever on an
cvonlng toilet.
An odd panel skirt is arranged over
plaited skirt.
Latest in Linen Collars.
Stiff linen collars aro acquiring more
wonderful shapes each week, indicat
ing a largo rosorvo of Ingenuity among
their originators. Somo or tho latest
and also tho prottlost nro designed
with tho Idea of dispensing altogether
with tho supplementary bow or tie,
therefore, llttlo V-shaped extensions
In front, tho fastening, of course, be
ing effected nt tho back. Eminently
original Is ono composed of nltcrnnto
rows or the white linen nnd lattice
work, the latter threaded through tho
velvet ribbon to mutch the rrock or
blouse, ami tied in graduated bows In
front, while another, embroidered with
a heavy raised pattern in threadwork,
bonsted a triangular emplccement in
ft out an a substitute for the tto.
A Moonlight Dress.
Ono of (ho most charming flights
fashion tins taken Is In tho form of n
"moonlight dress." TIiIb most won
derful effect can ho achieved with
layers of filmy chiffon gauze, nnd
sheer glistening Liberty silk in theso
shades: stiver, whlto moonlight blue,
grny and other pale shades.
Thoro havo been sunset gowns In
purple, rose, retl gold, mnuvo cream
and turquoise blue, nnd autumn gowns
in the richness of color thnt season
suggests, also winter continues all
white and cold nnd sparkling, hut
never before u moonlight offtvt with
all Its poetic, fancy. Kxperts havo
proved how beautiful It can bo In
blending these requisite shades nnd
Advantages of Fur Hato.
Poverty Is sometimes a safeguurd.
Tho expensive and fashionable fur
hat has been found unwholesomo for
the hair, and ono worn as constantly
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Young girls nro nlways charming
when dressed In white. This pretty
waist combines crepo do Chlno with a
bertha of cream laco and is exceeding
ly effective. Tho shirred yoke Is a
fenture and the bertha gives tho broad
shoulder effect of fashion, wlillo tho
sloevos aro shirred to fit the nrms
snugly above the elbows, but form
soft drooping puffs nt the wrists. All
as any womnn finds It necessary to
wear a hat would soon mako tho
wearer bald. So women who havo
boon envying your wealthier sisters
this headgear comfort yourselves, for
If they havo tho hat you havo tho un
impaired head of hair.
A Sensible Skirt.
Tho best material for an overy-day
skirt is twilled tnffcta. It Is firm,
noiseless and soft onough to bo unpre
tentious, nnd, In splto of tho fnd for
checks antl plaids und Roman btrlpcs,
a black twilled taffeta, tlght-lltted and
plaited at the foot, escaping tho
ground a full two Inches, Is unques
tionably a modest and profltnblo pur
chase. Most Economical Gloves.
French kid gloves look fresh much
longer than sucdo ones, and a kid that
Is Boft and clastic Is better than n
hard one. ir when wearing kid gloves
your hands hecomo hot, breathe Into
tho gloves ns soon as you take them
off. This helps to prevent tho kid
from hardening.
Fashions for Wee Folks.
Palo green In tho soft, cool shades
is very pretty for Bashes, hair bows
and tho llko, to accompany whlto
Frocks for very small folk aro in
the French form, with long waist and
much abbreviated skirt, standing out
crisply In ono-pleco prlnccsso form.
Tho onc-plcce frocks take various
forms. Most of them aro plaited In
sldo or box plaits from collar band to
hem, and with them Is worn a bolt In
Russian style.
Whlto wool frocks aro effectively
trimmed with bands ot bright plaid
silk bordered by whlto fiber braid.
Stitched bands ot silk In plain colors
trim somo of tho plaid frocks, and
when, as Is often the caso, the model
has a sailor collar and scarf, tho model
has a sailor collar and scarf, this col
lar may bo of tho taffota, hoavlly
stitched at the edges, and tho scarf
will bo ot tho silk.
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Girl's Suspender Costume.
Suspender frocks make ono of th
latest novelties for llttlo girls and are
exceedingly charming. Thin one la
mndo with n box plaited gulmpo ot
whlto lawn, whllo tho dress itself Is
ot roso colored cashmere, stitched
with cortlcellt silk, and Is delightful
In color ns well as stylo, but tho de
sign can be reproduced In any of the
48M Ulrl'i Dos Platted Btupendtr
Cottiime, 0 to 12 rears,
season's materials, In nny shade thai
tuny be preferred. Tho suspenders,
which mako tho essential characterise
tic, aro delightfully childish In effect!
and nlso servo to kcop tho skirt lij
Tho dress consists of tho guimpo,
materials Boft enough for shirring are
appropriate and the design suits both
tho Beparato waist and the entire1
dress. The quantity of material ro-
quired for a girl of 14 years ot age lot
3?l yards 21, 3 yards 27 or 2 yards
44 Inches wldo with yards ot lace
A May Manton pattern, No. 4414, sliesj
12 to 1G years, will bo mailed to any
address on receipt ot ten cents.
skirt and suspenders, Tho gulmpo is
laid In box plaits that aro stitched at,
each edgo and is closed Invisibly be-
neath tho one at center back. The
sleeves nro plaited nbove the elbows,
but soft and full below. Tho skirt Is
straight and laid in box plaits whose
edges meet at the belt and flaro apart)
slightly as they approach tho lower
edge. The suspenders aro made In
two sections each, tho back ones cut
in points that overlap tho front, and
aro attnehed to tho belt by moans of
Tho quantity of mntcrlal required
for tho medium bIzo (10 years) Is 4,d
yards 21 Inches wldo, 3 yards 27
Inches wldo or 2 yards 44 Inches
wldo, with 1 yardB 3G Inches wide
for gulmpc.
The pnttern 4605 Is cut In sizes for
girls ot C, 8, 10 nnd 12 years of age.
Rich Velveteens.
Changcablo velveteens havo the lool
ot tho richest velvets from Lyons and
nro particularly fine and rich when onj
of tho colors Is black, This gives tref
mendous depth. Somo choice exam'
pics como at 75 cents a yard. ,
Readers ot this paper can aecure say Ms
Manton pattern Illustrated above by fllllogoua
all blauks In ooupon, aud mailing, with 10 cents, '
toE. . UarrUonA Co., 6J Plymouth Plaoe, Chi
taio. 1'altern will be mailed promptly.
Name ,
Pattern No . .
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Dut Measure (If for waist)
Age (If child's or miss's pattern).....
-Write plainly. Fill out all blanks, Enclose,
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