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"Mini" Han Maltland, on reaehlng Ills
Now Vurk baehulor rluli, met nil nitiiif
tlve young woman t the door. Janitor
O'llitgan riftfltircil hltn no one hnd henn
vtllhln Hint day. Dun dlneovered u wom
an' Hotter print In iliiHt nn MIh desk,
(iIoiik Willi a letter rrnni Ills attorney
Multlntiil illncd Willi ll.thherman, IiIh at
torney. Mum net mil fur tireotillehK to
Kcl IiIh family Jewel Miiltliinti. on
roachlng homo, nurprlM-il lnily In gray,
racking tlio wife coiitulnliiK IiIh gems
fihe. npp.trcntlv, took hltn for u well
known crook, lianlcl AnNty Unlf-hyp-Votlzed,
Mnlllanil opened IiIh safe, took
theiefroin llii' JcwelH, mill gave them to
pier, flrol forming a partnership In crime.
N'he real Man Anliilv, nought liy police of
llii' win lil. iipiiffirt'il. Alnllliitid overcame
lilin Ho anil (In- girl went to New York
In Iter nolo I In liail tlio JoueN. .She
'wns lo meet ti I in that lay A "Mr.
HmuiIIi" Introduced himself as ii deter!
tlw. 'I'd Klilclil tlio girl In Kray, Maltliinil,
iihoiit to ftliow lilin the Jewoln, Hiippimedly
liml, wiih (riled hy a hlow from "Hiuilt Ii'h
rm The latter proved to lin AnlHty
lilinm'lf ami It c acciircd tlio gemt. Anlsty.
SM'lio wan Maltlund'H diiulili', maiiiuerndud
a the latter. Tlio criminal kept Malt
ind'H engagement with the girl lit gray.
Iln i;ao her tlio Ki'iim. Tim girl In gtay
lulled Multland'H apartment1 during IiIh
iilmenco and returned gems Mnlllanil,
'wltlionl cash, called up IiIh home and
ticaiil n woman'!) voire expostulating.
.AiilMy, disguised nn Mtiltland, tried to
"wring from her the location of the gems,
A crash wan heard at the front door.
Mtiltland overwhelmed Hie crook, allow
Iiik lilin In escape to Hhlfld the young
rwomnti. Tlio girl In gray iimilu lier
rnpu, Jumping Into n cab. An liiHtnnt
later, hy working u rime, Anlxty wiih at
liur aide, lie took her lo Attorney IJnn
fieimati'H olllce. There, liy torlnre, ho
tried In vain lo wrhiK from her the loca
tion of the (tenia. I In left her a moment
hihI alio 'phoned O'llnwui, only KeltliiK In
tho woidm "Tell Mr. Mull land under the
lirflRH howl," the hldliiK placo In tho lilt
teili ronniH, when Anhdy heard her
voidR. Ilannerman also wiih revealed as
n nook, lie and AnlHty net out to Beeitre
the KritiH and leave town. The Klrl wiih
. The Price.
,' Slowly Mnltlantl roturni'd lo the
Bluily anil replaced the lump upon his
ileal! ; mid Htood lirlelly In Blloncc, Ioiik
fliiRvra Htroklnfi his wcllHhnped chin,
Ills fnco a Ilttlu thin and worn-look-Iiir,
n r.leatn of pain In IiIh oyus. He
So oho whs (Tone!
I! lauRhcd a trnco hnrshly. This
BiiiprlBo wiih nothing more tlinti ho
inlKhl have discounted, of course; he
luul hfon n fcKil to expert nnythlng
oIko of hor, ho was enjoying only IiIh
Just deserts hoth for having dared to
liellevo that tho good In human na
ture (paillculnrly In womnit'n imtnro)
would respond to decent treatmont,
mid for hiivlng acted on that iiHlnlne
flo slio was gone, without a word,
without a sign!
! Ho sat down at the desk, sldowlso,
one arm extended along Its edge, lln
geis drumming out a dreary little tune
on the hard polished wood; and
thought It nil over from tho begin
ning. Nor Hpnred himself.
' Why, after all, should It bo other
wise? Why should she have stayed?
Why should he eompllmont himself
by believing that there was aught
about hint visible through the eneor
nrqulied in a Hcoro and odd years of
liurposelesH existence, to nt tract a
young and pretty woman's heart?
He enumerated his qualities spe
c Ideally; and condemned them all. Im
;iilnils, he was n conceited ass. A
fascinating young eilmlnal had but
to lobs her head at him to make him
think that she was pleased with him,
to make him forget that she was what
eho was and liellevo that, because ho
whs willing to stoop, sho was willing
to climb. And ho had betrayed him
Rolf so mercilessly! How she must
have laughed In hor sleovo all tho
'time, whllo ho pranced and bridled and
ineoued himself tinder her eyes,
lillnded to his own Idiocy by tho llnmo
of a suddon Infnruation how she must
Undoubtedly she bad laughed: nnil.
measuring his depth or his shallow
iiofls had determined to use him to
her onds. Why not? It had been her
business, her professional duty, to
make use of him In order to accom
plish her plundering. And because
Hhe had not dared to ask him for tho
Jewels when lie left her in the morn
ing, sho had naturally returned in tho
evening to regain them, very con
fident, doubtless, that even If surprised
a second time, she would get off scot
tree. Unfortunately for her, this fel
low Anlsty hnd Interfered. Maltland
presumed cynically that he ought to
be grateful to Anlsty. The unaccount
able scoundrel! Why had he returned?
How tho girl had contrived to es
cape was, of course, more easy to nn
doihtand. Maltland recalled that sud
den clatter of hoofs In tho street, and
ho had only to mako a trip to tho
window to vorlfy his suspicion that
tho cab was gone. SJio bad simply
overheard his concluding remarks to
tho cabby, and takoa pardonable ad
vantage of them. Maltland had footed
tho bill. Sho was welcome to that,
howovor. Ho, Maltlnnd, was woll rid
of tho wholo damnable business. Yos,
Juwols and nil!
What woro the Jowels to him? llo
yond tholr sentimental associations, ho
did not hold them greatly In prize. Of
courso, since they had been worn by
Ills mother, ho would spare no ex
pense or effort to traco and ro-collcet
thorn, for that dim utilutud memory's
Hako. Hut In this case, at least, tho
traditional usago of the Maltlands
would iioror bo carried out. It hnd
boon faithfully obsorved when, nftor
lilu mother's death, the stones hat1
Maltland Woke Up. "What's
been removed from their settings and
stored away; but now they would
never be reset, even should ho con
trlvo to reassemble them, to adorn tho
bride or the Maltland heir. For ho
would never mnrry. Of-courso not.
Maltland was young enough to be
lieve, ami to extract a melancholy sat
Ifcatlon from, this.
Puzzled and saddened, his mind
harked back forever to that carklng
question: Why bad she returned?
What had brought her back to the
ilat? If Hhe and Anlsty were confed
erates, as one was inclined at times to
believe If such were the case, Anlsty
hnd the JewelB, and there was nothing
else of any particular value so per
sistently to entice such expert and ac
complished burglars back to his dat.
What else had they required of htm?
His peace of mind was nothing that
they could turn Into cash; and they
seemed to have reaved him of nothing
Hut they had that; unquestionably
I hey had taken that.
And still the rlddlo haunted him:
Why had she como back that night?
And, whatever hor reason, had she
como In Anisty's company, or alouo?
One minute It seemed patent beyond
dispute Hint tho girl and tho great
plunderer were haud-In-glove; the next
minute Maltland was positively as
sured that their recent meeting hnd
been altogether an nccldent. From
what ho had beard over the telephone,
bo had believed them to bo quarreling,
although at tho time ho had assigned
to O'Hagan the mnscullno side of the
dispute. Hut certainly thero must
have nilsen somo difference of oi.n
Ion between Anlsty and tho girl to
have drawn from her that frantic neg
ative Maltland had heard, to have
been responsible for the overturning
of tlio chair an accident that seemed
to argue something in the nature of a
physical struggle; the chair Itself lay
upon its side, mute witness to a hnst
and careless movement on somebody's
Hut It wns all lnexpllcnblo. Event
nally Maltland shook bis bead, to sig
nify that ho gave It up. Thero was
but one thing to do to put It out of
mind. Ho would read a bit, compose
himself, go to bed.
Preliminary to doing so, ho would
take stops to insure tho Ilat against
furthor burglarizing, for that night at
least. The draught moving through
the hall stirred the portiere and re
minded him that tho window in the
trunkrooni was still open, nn Invita
tion to any enterprising snenk-tJflet or
second-story man. So Maltland went
to closo mid mako It fast.
As ho shut down tho wlndow-snsh
nnd clamped tho catch bo trod on
something soft and yielding. Wonder
ing, ho Htooped and picked It up, and
carried It back to the light. It proved
to be (ho girl's handbag.
"Now," admitted Maltland In a tone
of absolute candor, "I am damned.
How In the dickens did this thing get
there, anyway? What was sho doing
In my trunk closot?"
Was It possible that sho hnd fol
lowed Anlsty nut or tho Ilat by that
routo? A ver much liiyHtllled young
That?" He Questioned Sharply.
man sat himself down again in front
of his desk, nud turned the bag over
and over In his hands, keenly scrutin
izing every Inch or It, and whistling
That year the fashion In purses was
for capacious receptacles of grained
leather, nearly square in shape, and
furnished with a chain handle. This
which Maltland hold was conspicu
ously of tho mode neither too large,
nor too small, constructed of tine soft
leather of a gun-metal shade, with a
frame-work and chain of gun-metal
Itself. It was new and seemed well
filled, weighing a trllle heavy in the
band. One fnco was adorned with a
monogram of cut, gun-metal, tho In
itials "S" and "G" and "L" Interlaced.
Hut beyond this tho bag was irrttat
Undoubtedly, if one were to go to
tho length of unsnupplng the little,
frail clasp, one would acqulro informa
tion; by such facllo means would much
light bo shed upon the darkness. Hut
Maltland put a decided negative to the
No. He would give her tho benefit
of the doubt. Ho would wait, ho would
school himself to patience. Perhaps
Bho would como back for it and ex
plain. Perhaps he could llnd hor by
advertising It nnd got an explana
tion. Pending which, ho could wait
a little while. It was not' his wish to
pry Into her secrets, even If even ir
It was something to bo smoked over.
Strnngo how It nnected him to have
In IiIb hands something that sho had
owned nnd touched!
Opening a drawer of tho desk, Mail
land produced an aged pipe. A brazen
jar, companion piece to tho ash re
ceiver, held his tobacco. Ho tilled the
pipe from the Jar, with thoughtful de
liberation. And scraped a match be
neath his chair and ignited tho tobac
co and puffed in contemplative con
tentment, deriving solaco from each
mouthful of grateful, evanescent In
cense Meanwhile ho held tho charred
match between thumb and forefinger.
Becoming conscious of this fact,
ho smiled in deprecation of his absent
minded mood, looked for the ash-re-celvor,
discovered It In placo, Inverted
.beneath the book; and frowned, re
membering. Then, with an Impatleut
gosluio Impatient of his own In
firmity of mind for bo simply could
not forget tho girl he dropped the
match, swept tho book asldo, lifted
After a moniont of Incredulous awe,
tho young man rose, with eyes
n-llght and a jubilant song in the
heart of him. Now ho know, now un
derstood, now bellovod, and now wns
justified or his faith!
After which depression enmo, with
tho consciousness that she was gone,
forever removed beyond his reach
and Influence, and Hint by hor own
willful net. It was her lntelllglbln
wish that they should never meet
again, for, having accomplished hor
errand, sho hnd llown from tho pos
sibility or bis tliankB.
It was so clear, now! Ho perceived
It all, plainly. Somehow (though It
wii3 hard to surmlso how) sho had
found out that Anlsty had Btolen the
n -l. iJ
iwii. somehow fund one wondered
il wh.ti risk) sin- hud contrived to
il.o tin in from hltn and bilng them
tack to their owner. And Anlsty had
Poor little woman! What had she
.nl ciiffi'ied. what perils had she not
irawd. In prove that there wns honor
nen In thieves! It could have been
i no inconsiderable dangei u dan
er not Incommensurate with that or
obblng a tigress of her whelps that
he Iriil managed to filch his loot from
hat pertinacious and vindictive soul,
Mill she had accomplished It; and
II for him!
If only he could find her, now!
Then- was a clew to his hand In thnt
'ing, of course, but by this act sho
inrever removed from him the right
o investigate thai.
If lie could only find that cabby.
Perhaps If he tried at the Madison
(tinre rani;, immediately
Ite.sldes, It was clearly his duty not
o remain in the flat alone with the
levels another night. There wns but
one attainable place of safety for
them, and thnt the safe of a reputnblo
hotel He would return to the llur
'hnldl at once, merely pnuslng on his
.ny to Inquire or the cnbinen If they
-ould send their brother-nlghthawk to
.Maltland shook himself Into his top
out, Jammed hat upon heud, dropped
tho jewels into one pocket, the clgu
lotto case Into another, nnd on Im
pulse Anisty's revolver, with Its two
unexploded cartridges, Into a third,
ml pteHved the call button for O'Hu-
-tan. not waiting, however, for thnt
worthy to climb the stair, but meeting
him In the entry hall.
"I'm going back to the Hnrtholdi,
O'Hagan, for the night. You may bring
me my letters and any messages In the
morning. I should like you to sleep In
ho fiat to-night and answer any tele
"Ylss, Mlsther Maltland, sor."
"Have the police gone, O'Hagan?"
"There's a wholo bottle full yet, sor."
"You've not been drinking, I trust?"
The Irishman shiinied. "Shure, sor,
an' wild that be hosphltlblo?"
Laughing. Maltland bade him good
night and left the house, turning west
to gain Fifth avenue, walking slowly
because he was a little tired, and en
joying the rather unusual experience
of being abroad nt that hour without
company. The sky seemed cleaner
than ordinarily, the city quieter than
ever he had known it, and In tho air
was a sweet smell, reminiscent of the
countryside reminding one unhappi
ly of the previous night when one had
gone whistling to one's destiny along
a perfumed country load.
"Good 'covings, Mister Maltland, sir!
It ciirn't bo you!"
Maltland looked up, bewildered for
the instant. The voice that hailed hltn
out or the sky was not unfamiliar.
A cab that he had waited on tho
corner lo let pass, wns reined back
suddenly. The driver leaned down
from the box and in a thunderstruck
tono advertised his stupefaction.
"It aren't in nature, sir it yer'll
pardon my mentionln It. But 'ere I
leaves you not ten minutes ago at tho
St. Luke building and fluds yor 'ere,
when you 'aven't 'nd time "
Maltland woko up. "What's thnt?"
ho questioned, sharply. "You left mo
where ten minutes ?"
"St. Luke bulldln', corner Broadway
"I know It," excited, "but"
" 'nvln' took yer thero with tho
young lady "
" that comes outer tho 'ouse with
"The devil!" Maltland hesitated no
longer; his foot wiib on tho step as ha
spoke. "Drive mo there nt once, and
drive for all you're worth!" ho cried,
"ir there's an ounce of speed In thnt
plug or yours and you don't get It
"Never fear, sir! We'll mako It In
"It'll bo worth your whllo."
Maltland dropped Into his seat,
dumfounded. "Good Lord!" he whis
pered; nnd then, savagely: "In tho
power of that infamous scoundrel!"
And felt of the revolver In ills pockot.
The cab had been headed north; tho
St. Luke i ears Its massive bulk south
of Twenty-second street. Tho driver
expertly swung his vohlclo nlmost on
dead center. Sltnultnneously It ca
leened with tho impact of a heavy
bulk landing upon the step and falling
In a heap on tho deck.
"My worrd, what's that?" enme from
aloft. Maltland wns nltogother too
startled to speak.
Tho heap sat up, resolving Itself
Into tho somblnnco of a man; who
spoko hi decisive tones:
"H yoh'ro goln' there, I'm goin' with
yeh, 'r yeh don't go see?" ,
"Tho sleuth!" gasped Mnltlaud, as
founded. (TO ItH CONTINUUM.)
Bright College Yearn.
"Smith tells mo ho has been gradu
ated from nn automobile school."
"Yos; ho feelingly rcfors to it as
alma motor." Puck.
Hurlng tho early dnvs In the ne
rlod of the growth of the grain crop In
Western Cnnndu, as woll as throughout
the ripening nnd garnering period,
there Is yearly growing nn Increasing
Interest throughout the United Stntes,
as to the results when harvest is com
pleted. These mean much to the thou
sands or Americans who have made
their homes In somo of the three Prov
Inces thnt form that vast agricultural
domain, and are or considerable interest
to the friends they have leH behind.
The year 1.)0!) Ik no disappointment
Tho crops of wheat, oats and barley
have been harvested and It Is now
safe to Bponk of results, direful .a.
tlmntes place the yield or spring wheat
A Central Canada Farmer Finishing Cutting His 70-Acre Field of Whea
nt ,!0 bushels per acre, winter wheat at' wero never better and throughout tho
over 40 bushels, and oats exceed CO, district the people are assured of a
bushels per acre. Hurley also has" most prosperous year "
proved nn abundant yield. Whnt will It would be unfair to closo this ar
attract tho reading public moro than, tide without quoting from an expert
volumes of figures will be tho fnct that crop-correspondent regarding the two
those who have been induced through Iluttlefords in Central Saskatchewan,
the Influence of tho Government to nc-lon the line of tho Canadian Northern
copt of 1C0 acres of free grnnt land; , Hullway. Writing on August 18th of
or, by tho persunslon of friends to
leave their homo Stnte of Dakota, Min
nesota, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, In
diann, Ohio, Nebraska or the other
States from which people have gone,
have done well. Financially, they are
In a bettor position than many of them
ever expected to be, nnd In tho mat
ter of health, In social conditions, they
have lost nothing.
One person who hns Just returned
from n trip through
the Lcthbridgo Dis
trict, where winter
wheat has n strong
hold with farmers,
"We saw some mag
nificent sights. The
crops were, in fact, all
that could bo desired."
In a tow years from
now these great plains
over whose breadth for
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Ii ' fVHiyMiizssL ' 1 c,ty Church
I Is i a irHflHBiik ln Centra
!tii nllljiwSHH. 4 Canada
1 M&mmiTWKMMrxmbZzmm i
tie, tollowlng the millions of buffalo ot the river. This district has much
that onco grazed their grasses, will the best wheat crop prospect ot any
be a solid grain field covering a i I have Inspected this year, consld
territory of over 30,000 square miles, jerlng sample and yield. The weath
nnd very little of It but what will yet or conditions for the wholo season
bo worth from $40 to $60 per acre. AI- have been ideal and the result Is what
ready the homestead and pre-emption might easily be termed a bumper crop.
lands are being well filled,
In the district of Calgary, south, east
and north, which comprises Nanton,
High River and other equally Impor
tant districts, a correspondent or the
Winnipeg (Mnnitoba) Free Press
says: (Aug. 21) "The grain in this
district Is going to mako some money
for the farmers this year. All the
crop 1b now crowding along and Is good
onboth Irrigated and unlrrigated hinds."
There aro to bo found those who
spenk of a "pioneering" life In west
ern Canada, but as ono man said, "if
A Specimen Group of Eleva
Many Towns in
this Is pioneering I don't tor the life
of mo see what our forefathers had
to complain of." He didn't know,
though, for the pioneering of his fore
fathers was discomfort and hardship,
Tho opening up and development of
western Cannda, with its railroad lines
to carry ono to almost tho uttermost
part or It, the telegraph lino to flash
tho news to tho outside world, tho tel
ephone to tnlk to one's neighbor, the
dnlly and weekly mall service which
brings nnd cnrrles letters to the
friends lu distant parts;, the schools
headed by college-bred and highly cer
tificated teachers; tho churches
manned by brilliant divines; tho clubs;
tho soclnl and festlvo life; what Is
thero about any .of this to give to tlio
mun who goes thero to mako his homo
tho credit ot being a ploneor? Noth
ing! He might ns well bo In any of
tho old middle-west States. In other
f- ' ' ' . ''';' '
parts of the world the production of
wheat is diminishing today; but iib It
diminishes Canada's will Incrcnse;
therefore, It Ih safe to predict that In a
few years from now u large part of tho
world will be looking to western Can
ada for Its wheat supply, and espe
cially will the United States. In many '
parts of western Canada It Is possible
to have a hundred-mile nquuro of
wheat, without a break. A writer says:
"We were driven west nnd north or
Moose Jaw through 20 miles or dead
ripe whent. acres of stockH and well-
worked rfuinnier-fallows. One of these
fields would yield 10 bushels to tho
ucre, nnd another man had oats that
would yield 1)0 or 100 bushels to tho
litre. In this district wheat will aver
ago HO to IIS bushels The conditions
this year, he says:
"It Is necessary to drive about six or
seven miles out of tho town of North
Battletdrd In order to see tho best
crops of the district. This morning I
was driven about 20 miles to tho
north nnd west of the town nnd In all
the drive did not see a poor crop. I
saw one wheat crop which the owner
estimates will yield 40 bushels per
acre, and I believe It."
He then crossed the Sas
katchewan river to the South
town, or Battlcford proper,
and continues his report:
"Conditions around the old
a! " .'t?3l
til,-Ijv.mc9w5 1 town are us good it not oei-
1 tor than thoso to the north
V sample sheaf brought in from the
farm of Georgo Truscott was shown
to mo which spoko for Itself. This
farmer Is said to have sixty acres
which will yield 45 bushels per acre.
In stating an average for tho dis
trict of South Battleford I would say
that the wheat will yield 30 bushels
per acre. Tho oats will yield about
45 and barley 3."5 bushels per acre."
A correspondent summing up a trip
over tho Canadian Northern Hallway,
rrom Dauphin to Battleford. says:
"As I Inspected the crops In the' va-
tors That May Be Seen in
rious districts I found tho fnrmers and
other citizens without exception
filled with expectant enthusiasm over
this year's prospects. No district was
found which could not boast of fields
or ,'JC bushels per acre wheat, or 50 to
GO bushelH per acre oats, and of 40
bushels per acre or barley.'
It is not nn unusual thing lu many
partB or western Cannda for a farmer
to havo 10,000 to 30,000 bushels of
wheat. In tfio Houlenu district It Is
suld that thoro aro sovoral farmers
who will have 20,000 bushels of oats
any many fields will return one bun
dred bushels to tho acre.
It takes nn army of men to handle
theW ostein Canada crop, and it is es-
tlmated Hint 30,000 peoplo havo boon
brought In this year to assist In tho
great undertaking; there being excur
sions from tho outside world nearly
every day for tho past six weeks.
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