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OLOUD. NEBRASKA, CHIEF
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I 1 he Mystery or
Illustrated by IRWIN MYERS
CHAPTER XVII Continued.
"There wis it lot of malevolence In
Mr. Sidney's tone, u tremendous
amount of hate. Hlclinnl Dohson ut
tered the quivering, quavering little
try ngnln nut started to run. As In:
got under way, lie shrieked. It sound
til like an old woman's shriek.
"Mr. Sidney .started after film. He
had that cane you saw him take out
of tills room. That was the one he
was lienteii down with.
"I think for a moment he wanted to
kill Itlchard. He nourished the stick
ami yelled. Itlchard, being lu a fren
fcy of fright, was stronger on his lens
tliiin his brother. He was oft Into the
bush. Mr. Kidney stumbled and fell,
lie not up rather slowly, as If ho were
rltlicr hurt or as If his strength were
leaving him. I could hear Klchard
Mirlcklng farther off In the bush.
"When Mr. Sidney got up, he turned
toward the house, and I ran to beat
Mm here and found you."
Jed rocked n while, and I did not
I "I am decidedly shaken," he said
pfter u while. "I was very fond of
him, and I am a useless old man, an
flcohollc of no account except to him,
nd he Is dead."
, "There Is only one thing to do," I
Enid. "Itlchard Dobson must he on
Is way to freedom tomorrow. We
shall have to see to that."
Jed aroused himself for an Instant.
! "You copy-book moralist I" ho said.
rYou would Interfere with a genial,
ovublo man's magnificent hate Just
JeoiuiRo ho Is dead and your scruples
lave become Important. You ought
to choke. Let tho bruto Dick Dobson
ot In prison. It's his desert."
"It enn't be done, Jed," I said. "To
morrow we'll go to Alwlck prison and
For me to net without telling Mrs.
Kidney was Impossible, and It was al
' lioflt 'impossible for mo to take tho
mbject up with her. I saw her only
J 'or a moment, told her that, being ac
.'lualntcd with the facts, I thought I
mow whnt the conscience of tho house
Her world had been destroyed; her
Ight had gone out. She hnd no pride
pr herself; she shrank from the pos
Iblllty of a hurt to Isobel, but I hnd
Judged the conscience of the house
rorrectly. Sho would have protected
Mr. bidney ngulnst nil the equities and
lustlce In tho world thnt was her
iln In her own esteem. But now ho
rvas dend : Justice could be done.
I did not wnnt to net without Iso
ld's knowing whnt I wns doing. I
loped sho would npprovo of whnt I
ntended to do, though I Intended to
lo It whether she did or not. I hnd
to tell tho story.
"You nre right, John," she snld.
PBut how mngnlflcent father wns I
lie wns stark Nemesis, the cleanest,
purest Justice there lsl"
She was u bit ecstntlc. They teach
oung Indies too many generalizations,
thought. There was no rhapsody In
this; It was ugly.
Jed hnd one more f.nsh of spirit ns
we started for the penitentiary.
"You poor old copy-book fool of a
moralist!" ho said. "Why enn't your
Insignificant conscience be satisfied
without doing n lot of damage tc no
food end? Hang you moralists I You
wreck life. Richard Dobson can't "vo
Mr. 8ldney Started After Him.
hutslde tho penitentiary. He has no
Imonoy, no wny of making any, in
Ince to go, no friends. You . re go
ing to throw him nut of his home.
(You aro going to torture him with
tho knowledge thnt his life was wasted
In prison when ho was a freo mnn In
low. You ure going to destroy t'10 Sid
"Richard Dobson saw his brother,"
I said, "thnt night at (no pool."
"Ho saw n ghost," asserted Jed. "Or
If he -.un't see n ghost, hi must wnnt
to stay In tho ponltentlnry, If ho
knew It was his brother, why didn't
ho demand nn Inquiry nnd his fro
dom? Hither because he saw n ghost
w be does not want his freedom. You
ran have It either way you want. You
are going to force him out of the only
place he has to live, and ytu are go
ing to give him the tragedy of know
ing that his life was w coked."
"He Is a rich man," I said. "Half
I he old Dobson estate is his. All of It
N his. Ills brother was legally and is
now aetunlly dead,"
'You are a worse man thnn I was,"
mid Jed. "I never Interfered with Mr.
S dney's scheme of punishment. You
are trying to. Ills scheme was Just."
"What's the use of this debute?" I
exclaimed. "Ynu aro morally Incapa
ble of right doing."
"And you nre a foolish collection of
pious axioms" said Jed.
When we came to the penitentiary
entrance, we encountered Morgan of
the Metropolitan agency. He stopped
"You hod me fooled." he wild. "I
really thought you didn't know."
"I did not know," I snld.
"Didn't you I" he exclaimed. "You
are here to see Richard Dohson. I fol
lowed my hunch. I have the answer
to the thing. I know why this man
Sidney never was younger than twenty
years. You aro here to see Richard
Dohson becnuse you ure representing
"Arthur Dohson Is dead."
"I know he Is ns a iinme; but he
Is nllve as Sidney."
"Mr. Sidney Is dead." I said. "We
have come here to tell Richard Dob
son that he can go free. I did not
know who Arthur Dohson was until
As Morgan stood before us on the
penitentiary steps. I thought how true
Iiad been my conception of him as
(he Inevitable. Mr. Sidney had out
played fate, but It was by using the
trump card death.
Morgan's face showed some unpleas
"Whnt do you menn, that Sidney Is
dend?" he asked.
"He died Christmas night. I rend
his dlnry Inst night. Jed gave It to
me. It Is the one Drnvadn tried to
steal. We came here at once to tell
"Let his brother Arthur tell him.
Richard Is dead," said Morgan, going
on down the steps. "But I urn not
through with you people. Publicity is
Just ns good now as It was before."
He got into an automobile, and was
"Something always happens to these
moral consciences," said Jed savage
ly. "You'll learn life some day, young
fellow. Now keep your mouth shut
Inside here." "
The warden told us that Richard
Dobson had died the night before. He
had sustained a great shock the night
he walked out of the penitentiary and
was found on Mr. Sidney's grounds.
The adventure not only overtaxed him
physically, but It had nftected his lm
agination. When the guards found
him, after the message from nartley
house, he was Incoherent and In u fe
He never regained strength or rn
tlonallty. He had been quiet nt times,
but nt other times wns in delirium.
When delirious, he suffered chiefly
from the delusion that he hnd seen
his brother's ghost.
He died slowly nnd In grent misery,
the wnrden said.
"Now keep your mouth shut, you
fool," Jed ordered by merely prod
ding me In the ribs.
The wnrden wns affected by the
news of Mr. SIdney'B death. He re
membered him ns the pleasnnt man
who hnd called one duy. It seemed to
mo thnt our visit, so shortly after Mr.
Sidney's death, must appear ns n thing
strnugely without purpose to the wnr
den, but Jed wns so appnrently right
In nsklng for silence nt this time that
I ylplded to his prudential course.
The right nnd wrong of the Dobson
nffalr was In tho grnve. Our depar
ture from the penltentlnry was nwk
ward, I thought. The warden did not
seem to find It so.
On tho way back Jed presented, vi
ciously, the sharp edges of our trouble.
"You have that fellow Morgan to
deal with," he said. "If you nre going
to be moralistic, you will ruin the lives
of two ladles who have trusted you.
Morgnn has to be bought. You are not
doing anyone any hurt now. You nre
not keeping nn innocent man in the
penltentlnry. You are not disturbing
justice or defeating punishment. You
arc taking the surest means to the
protection of the Innocent by bribing
this man to silence."
Of nil the obvious things I might
have snld to this man who for n long
time hnd terrorized the Sidney house
hold, none seemed pertinent. They
would have been Imprecations nnd re
pronches. They would have denlt
with the pnst. no, ns If ho hnd a
clean slute, wns denting with the fu
ture. It did Mrs. Sidney nnd Isobel
no good to tell Jed thnt he had been
n rascal nnd was unfit to ndvlse.
"If you go to Mrs. Sidney," said
Jed, "she will sncrlflco herself nnd
everybody else, flo to Miss Sidney
and tell her that the family must pay
Mr. Morgan $20,000. He'll want $.r0.
000. He'll take twenty. Give It to
htm In five annual Installments. At
the end of five years he'll he harm
less. You and Miss Sidney will have
W W - Tl
established yourselves, and Morgan'
story will he a dried -up walnut."
The proposal was so repulsive that
I did not answer Jed. He said a great
deal more In a great dea'l of bitter,
ness, chiefly against me and what he
conceived to be my moralistic Ideas.
When we had returned to Hartley
house. Jed said:
"Do at least one thing, ask Mis
Sidney what she prefers."
I had no right mid no Inclination
to make a decision which concerned
the family and not me. I did not want
to speak to Mrs. Sidney Jed wns
right, her conscience might permit
only the answer which would expose
the family to consequences. I spoke
We compromised with Morgan. Jed
again was right. Morgan wanted $50,
000. He took $120,000.
Isobel had been Insistent. She had
been Impatient of any suggestion that
there could he anything Immoral or
dungerous in such compromising. Fem
inine morals are selfishly protective
of things near and dear. A general
ized Immorality, nn unembodied Im
morality, Is to women unimportant. It
Is less thnn unimportant; It Is Impos
sible; It does not exist. This Is a
part of the Instinct which nourishes
and protects the Infant,
"I don't understand you nt all.
John," she said. "Is there any ques
tion in your mind thut we ought to
protect my father's memory and my
mother's pence of mind? You ndmlt
that even now this man Morgan can
wreck the things we hold dearest.
You admit thnt a small payment can
protect these things. You know that
the one thing of which we have more
thnn we need is money, nnd you nd
mlt thut we nre not doing any person
any harm by using It to bribe this
Of course, I had to give In.
Mr. Sidney wns burled by the pool
on a bitter afternoon when the snow
creaked underfoot, and Uie sun, In a
cold blue sky to the southwest above
the hills across tho river, could hard
ly be regarded as a warm and sustain
The servants were pall bearers sad
ones; nnd we had the chaplain from
the penitentiary to read the service
In the room Mr. Sidney had used. The
sun came In the southwestern win
dows, nnd the canaries sang. Algol
wns afraid of strangers nnd hid him
self. Otherwise It was Mr. Sidney's
We carried tho coffln the half-mile
In the bitter cold to the grave which
had been dug by the pool with mat
tocks through the frozen earth. Mrs.
Sidney took my arm, but walked the
distance bravely. Isobel went ns If
she were a clear-eyed Spartan girl ac
cepting life without a quaver or whim
per, upon the terms offered. We left
Uie remnlns of our gracious gentleman
So genial a man could not die. ne
still pervaded the house. He hnd Im
pregnated It. His death could not de
stroy his Influence. Even his room,
his death chamber, remained Jovial;
but Algol attached himself to Isobel
nnd could not be parted from her. He
went to her room that night.
Necessity and delicacy both sug
gested that I go away for a while the
following morning, t was necessary
for me to establish myself In the city,
In material and physical facts of lodg
ing, and so forth, and delicacy Intimat
ed that I was an alien In the house
hold upon a strangely fictitious stand
ing. I went away In the early morning,
leaving word thnt I would return In n
day or two to sny good-bye. I enme
back the evening of the second day,
by automobile from the city. I had
been Impelled to go bnck nnd hnd so
far resisted the compulsion thnt I hnd
missed trnln time. Then the Impulse
reasserted Itself so Irresistibly that I
took an automobile for the 40-mlle
Jed met me at the door. Ills cor
diality was unforced. It wns tho din
ner hour. Jed suggested either some
biscuits and sherry In my room or an
omelet with mushrooms. Mrs. Sidney,
he said, had been Spartan, but was In
collapse. Miss Sidney was somewhere
about he did not know where.
I did not wnnt anything to eat nnd
went toward the library. Isobel was
sitting there by the fire.
I hnd often seen her thus before. It
was one of tho fnmlllnr pictures I
should remember. There were probn
bly a half dozen others none better
She looked up as I entered.
"I am glad you aro back, John," she
I could think only of a common-
"I did not Intend to disturb you," I
said. "How Is your mother?"
"Utterly and happily stupefied," sutd
Isobel. "Her pain wults for her."
"I can't find a tragedy In It," she
snld. "I feel a sense of terrible but
Inevitable loss. I hnd reconciled my
self to It. I enn't be a sentlmentnl reb
el ngalnst life. Ills life was happy tu
the end. Ho would ' hato us If we
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were morose, rleiisv sit down, .loan.
I did, hi a comfortable chair. We
looked nt the fire.
"I'll be saying good-bye tomorrow,"
"What are you going to do?"
"I have made some arrangements.
I'll build up a small practice. I may
go to a small town. I think that
would suit me. I haven't the tempera
ment for a city. It Is chill."
"You have really set yourself back
by coming here," she suggested.
"Possibly," I admitted. "In purely
material ways; hut I have lived the
wonder time of my life here. The sac
rifice was cheap."
"But It was a sacrifice?"
"In a strictly pragmatic fashion,
"You think of It as a sacrifice?"
"I do not. I think of It as my rent
"You Presume That I Am Not in Love
life. The rest of my existence will be
"You are a simple sort of a person,
"I presume so. I have no reason to
"Where Jdld you get your Ideas of
"I have no Ideas of women. I am
not presumptuous or, in that fashion,
"Yes, you are," she snld.
"I don't think you are right In say
"You are presumptuous about me."
"I am not I" I exclaimed In hurt
"You nre," she said. "You presume
that I am not In love with you."
WANTED TO "GO IT ALONE"
Many Years Ago Missouri Declared
Her Ambition to Become an In
Missouri once had Intention of set
ting up as an Independent republic
all by herself. The Session nets, state
of Missouri, 18,'58.18,'W), contain n me
morlnl to the congress of the United
States relative to the Santa Fe trade.
It tolls of an expedition of traders
to Santa Fe in 1812 from St. Louis,
though It Is not specifically stated that
they went over the Snnta Fe trail.
The early Session acts of tho Mis
sourl legislature, starting In 1824, con
tnln mnny Interesting resolutions nnd
memorials to congress on nil mnnner
of pollticnl and historical subjects.
Incidentally the Missouri constitution
of 1820 starts with the preamble thnt
the citizens of the state agree to form
and establish a free and Independent
republic by the name of the state of
Missouri was one of the pivotal
states In the history of this country.
It wns made such In the nnclent fight
In congress over rhe slnvery question,
which took up the admission of free
nnd slave states and considered the
balance thereof In congress. Missou
ri was also a pivotal stnte In yet nn
other nnd lnrger sense sho was the
Jumplng-off plnce for thnt wild nnd
unknown country cnlled the Wild West
the Innd west of the Missouri river.
She mndc the midway point between
the frontiersmen of Kentucky and
those Of tho great plains, occupying n
generation of history herself ns a
Value of Snakes.
Most people have n decided shrink
ing from snakes, which Is not to bo
wondered nt In tropjenl countries,
where their bite Is venomous and often
futnl. But the grnss snnke ought not
to bo confounded with tho rattlers,
cobras or pythons. Jt Is as harmless
to humlmlty ns n frog nnd a good deal
more tibeful. N'o grenter enemy fo
bugs Is In existence. And slugs nre
among tho most hurtful of garden nnd
riold pests. They keep down tho num
bers nlso of such other pests ns mice,
screws nnd other smnll rodents, nut
ns slug destroyers they deervo to be
cherished rnther than massacred at
sight, which Is their umial fnto. .
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LESSON FOR NOVEMBER 28
HOW JESUS THE KING WAS RE
CEIVED. UCPFO.V n:XT-Miitt. ll nnd 12
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ADDITIONAL MATKUIAIr-Lufce 7:18--!
lOllS'lo. 21. 2!, lliU.i'fi, si, 3:.
l'KIMARY TOl'IC-Thu Kind Deeds of
JUNIOR TOIMC-IVIoiuN and Knemlen
INTKRMHDIATK AND SK.VtOU TOPIC
l IioodIiik Jt'MUH ns Our Toaeln-r.
YOUNO I'KOPLI: AND ADULT TOPIC
-lliu UoenuitHo of Men to thu Ministry
The teacher should keep In mind
the progress of thought in Matthew
and present these lessons accordingly.
In chapters 0 to 7 we have the laws
of the kingdom; chapters S and I), the
mighty works to demonstrate the '
King' ability to administer the alTalrs .
or the kingdom; ehaprer 10. the prop
agatl.m of the kingdom through the
sending forth of the twelve; chapters
ii anu rj, now the kingdom wns re
1. Four Classes of Hearers (ch. 11).
1. Perplexed hearers like John the
P.aptlst (11:2-11). John believed that
Jesus was the Christ (v. 2), but was
.somewhat perplexed as to the manner
of the establishment ()f tbo kingdom.
In tho Old Testament predictions there
woro two lines in tho Messianic
prophecies; the one set forth Christ
as the suffering one, as In Isaiah nil.
nnd the other, as the Invincible Con
(lueror, as In Isaiah Oil. Indeed, In
Isaiah (50:1, 2 we have Mie two ad
vents In one view (see Matt. ,'!:l:i2).
He said that the nx la laid unto the
root of the trees and that there was
to be a separation of tho chaff from
the wheat and a burning of the chaff,
but now the King was occupied mere
ly with the opening of tho eyes of thu
blind, etc. John saw Christ as the
one who would remove the sins of tho
people by the shedding of his blood
(John 1:20), but ho failed to see the
Interval between the time of his suffer
ings and the time of hi triumph.
Slnco this Interval between the first
and second comings the nature of tho
nge lu which we live was not known
until Christ revealed It in the parables '
of the thirteenth chnpter, we do not
wonder nt John's perplexity. John's
faith was not falling him, neither did
ho send tills deputation to Jesus for
the snko of his disciples. He'wnn a
true prophot und a faithful man. but
ho wu3 perplexed. !
2. Violent hearers (11:12-10). These
were willing to receive the kingdom
according to their own wny, but were
unwilling to conform to Its luws. Their
ears wero closed to everything but
their own carnality. They would not
repent when called upon to repent by
John, nor rejoice when called upon by
Christ to rejoice (vv. 17-10).
3. The stout-hearted unbelievers
(11:20-24). In Cbornzln, IJethsalda,
and Capernaum, Christ hnd done most
of his mighty works, but the people
deliberately set their hearts ngalnst
him and bis message. It was not for
Inck of knowledge nnd opportunity
thnt they were unsaved, but for their
purposeful rejection of Christ. Tyro
and Sidon, Sodom and Gomorrah wero
filled with Immoral prolllgates and
Idolaters, but they will be more tol
erably dealt with in the day of Judg
ment than those who wilfully reject
4. Hcnrers who nre'bnbes In spirit
(11:25-30). There were some among
those who heard Jesus with childlike
faith, who believed thnt Christ wns tho
Messiah, and they opened their hearts
to receive him. Christ Invites those
who have the babe-like spirit to come
to him, nnd to all who come to him
aud receive him he gives rest.
II. The Antagonism of the Kingdom,
In chapter 11 we saw the shameful
indifference of the Jews to their King.
In this chapter wc see positive nnd
bitter antagonism manifesting Itself
against him, They are not only with
out u heart for him, but do their best
to destroy him. The Immediate oc
casion of their wicked determination
was Christ's relation to the Sabbath.
Decaus'e the hungry disciples plucked
corn and Jesus healed the withered
hand nn the Sabbath day, they sought
to destroy him. They accused him of
being In league with the Devil. Jesus
with unanswerable logic showed them
that they had blasphemed against the
Holy Ghost, and were therefore guilty
of an unpardonable sin. They did not
deuy the miracle but sought to account
for It without owning htm as the Mes
sluh. What Tenderness Is.
Tenderness Is the extreme suscepti
bility of the softer emotions nnd pas
slotis. It Implies the rellnemcnt ol
pity, tho sensitive delicacy of love, the
culture of sympathy, and the most
complete embodiment of n fervent,
dcep-sentcd, aud Impulsive gentleness.
A. M. A. W. j
Restrain U tho senses undei thu
Foveriiy of discipline, und give not
thyself over to foolish mirth. Thorn
as u Kemuls.
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Her parents hnd started with noth
ing; had succeeded In amassing a for
tune; had given lit-r a splendid educa
tion, and hnd sunt her abroad to study
music. She wns cultured, but her
parents were still ns ingenuous ns tha
day when they were married. They
went to see "The Passing Show."
When n pnlr of ncrohats did their turn
the mother became excited, and said,
so that everybody could hear her,
"Sadie, Sadie I Do you remember
what I said about them two fellers
I saw In tho hippodrome In Cleveland?
"Well, them there nre 'cm." Indian
"She snys she has an Ideal hus
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"Shucks; all husbands nre Ideal for
the first three weeks." Life.
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"Many romances occur in business
"I suppose so. Especially In a match
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