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Thomas Ardmore. bored millionaire ,
and Henry Maine Grlswold , professor In
tiife University of Virginia , take , trains
out of Atlanta. Griswold to his college ,
Ardmore in pursuit of a girl who had
winked at him. Mistaken for Gov. Os-
bornc of South Carolina , Griswold's life
Is threatened. He s * s to Columbia to
warn the governor aid meets Barbara
Osborne. Ardmore learns that his winkIng -
Ing ladyis the daughter of Gov. Danger-
field of North Carolina. He follows her
to Raleigh , and on the way is given a
brown jug at Kildare. In Raleigh he dis
covers that the jug bears a message
threatening Dangerfield unless Apple-
Weight , a criminal , is allowed to go free.
Ardmore becomes allied with Jerry Dan-
perfiold in running the affairs of the state
in the absence of the governor. A
Bcathing telegram Is sent to Gov. Os
borne. Griswold becomes adviser to Bar
bara Osborne , who is attending to her fa
ther's duties in South Carolina. Orders
are sent to the sheriff to capture Apple-
weight. Valuable papers are missing
from Gov. Osborne's office. .
CHAPTER VII. Continued.
"But you forget that you represent
Mr. Osborne. On the other hand I
represent Gov. Osborne , and if I want
the Appleweight papers I had every
right to them. "
"After office hours , feloniously and
with criminal intent ? " laughed Gris
"We will assume that I have them , "
sneered Bosworth , "and such being
the case I will return them only to
the governor. "
I "Then" and Griswdld's smile
broadened "if it comes to conces
sions , I will grant that you are with
in your rights in wishing to place
them in the governor's own hands.
.The governor of South Carolina is
now , so to speak , in camera. "
"The governor is hiding. He's
Efraid to come to Columbia , and the
, whole state knows it. "
, "The papers , my friend ; and I will
satisfy you that the governor of South
Carolina is under this roof and trans
acting business. "
"Here in the statehouse ? " demand
ed' Bosworth , and he blanched and
twisted the buttons of his coat nerv-
x"The governor of South Carolina ,
fche supreme power of the state ,
charged with full responsibility , en
joying all the immunities , rights and
privileges unto him belonging. "
It was crear that Bosworth took no
stock whatever in Griswold's story ,
but Griswold's pretended employment
by the governor and his apparent
knowledge of the governor's affairs ,
.piqued his curiosity. He stepped to
'an inner office , came back with a
packet of papers and thrust a revolver -
, ver into his pocket with so vain a
Jshow of it that Griswold laughed
. "What ! Do you still back your'ar
guments with firearms down here ?
It's a method that has gone out of
fashion in Virginia ! "
"If there's a trick in this it will be
the worse for you , " scowled Bos
; "And pray , remember on your side ,
'that you are to give these documents
Into the hands of the governor. Come
They met the watchman in the corridor
rider and he saluted them and passed
on. Bosworth strode eagerly forward
in his anxiety to prick the bubble of
Griswold threw open the door of
the governor's reception-room , and
they blinked in the stronger light that
poured in from the private office.
There , in the governor's chair by the
broad official desk , sat Barbara Os
borne reading a newspaper.
"Your excellency , " said Griswold ,
bowing gravely and advancing ; "I beg
to present the attorney-general ! "
"Barbara ! "
The papers fell from the attorney
general's hands. He stood staring un
til astonishment began to yield to
rage as he realized that a trap had
been sprung upon him. The girl had
risen instantly and a smile played
about her lips for a moment. She
had vaguely surmised that Griswold
would charge Bosworth with the loss
of the papers , but her associate in the
conspiracy had now given a turn to
Z > * the matter that amused her.
"Barbara ! " blurted the attorney
general , "what game is this what
contemptible trick is this stranger
playing on 3'ou ? Don't you understand
that your father's absence is a most
serious matter and that in the pres
ent condition of this Appleweight af
fair it is likely to involve him and the
state in scandal ? "
Barbara regarded him steadily for
a moment with a negative sort of
gaze. She took a step forward before
she spoke and then she asked quickly
and sharply :
"What have you done , Mr. Bos
worth , to avert these calamities , and
what was in your mind when you
pried open the drawer and took out
those papers ? "
"I was going to use the reaviii-
"How ? "
"Why , I expected "
"Mr. Bosworth expected to effect
a coup for his own glory during the
governor's absence , " suggested Gris
"How ? " and Barbara's voice rang
imperiously and her ey.es flashed.
"Send this unknown person , this
Impostor and meddler , away and I
will talk to you as old frlenda may
talk together , " and he glared fiercely
at Griswold , who stood fanning him
self with his hat.
"I asked you how you intended to
serve my father , Mr. Bosworth , be
cause you sent me this afternoon a
letter In which you threatened me
you threatened me with' my father's
ruin if I did not marry you. You
would take advantage my trouble
and anxiety to force that question on
me when I had answered it once and
for all long ago. Before this stranger
I want to tell you that you are a de
spicable coward and that if you think
you can humiliate me or my father or
the state by such practices as you
have resorted to you are very greatly
mistaken. And further , Mr. Bosworth ,
if I find you interfering again in this
matter I shall print that letter you
wrote me to-day in every paper in
the state ! Now , that Is all I have to
say to you , and I hope never to see
you again. "
"Before you go , Mr. Bosworth , " said
Griswold , "I wish to say that Miss Os
borne has spoken of your conduct
with altogether too much restraint. I
shall add , on my own account , that
if I find you meddling again in this
Appleweight case , I shall first procure
your removal from office and after
that I shall take the greatest pleas
ure in flogging you within an inch of
your life. Now go ! "
The Labors of Mr. Ardmore.
While he waited for Miss Jerry
Dangerfield to appear Mr. Thomas
Ardmore read for the first time the
constitution of the United States. He
had reached the governor's office
early , and , seeking diversion , he had
picked up a small volume that bore
some outward resemblance to a novel.
This proved , however , to be John
ston's "American Politics , " and he
was amazed to find that this diminu
tive work contained the answers to a
great many questions which had often
perplexed him , but which he had
imagined could not be answered ex
cept by statesmen or by men like his
friend Griswold , who spent their lives
He made note of several matters
This Work Contained Answers to a
rVit } , Great Many Questions.
he wished to ask Griswold about when
they met again ; then turned back
into the body of the text and had read
as far as Burr's conspiracy when Jer
ry came breezily in. He experienced
for the first time in his life that
obsession of guilt which sinks in
shame the office boy who is caught
reading a dime novel. Jerry seemed
to tower above him like an avenging
angel , and though her sword was only
a parasol , her words cut deep enough.
"Well , you are taking it pretty
cool ! "
"Taking what ? " faltered Ardmore ,
standing up , and seeking to hide the
book behind his back.
"Why , this outrageous article"and !
she thrust a newspaper under his
eyes. "Do you mean to say you
haven't seen the morning paper ? "
"To tell you the truth , Miss Danger-
field , I hardly ever read the papers. "
"What's that you were reading
when I came in ? " she demanded se
verely , withholding the paper until
she should be answered. "
"It's a book about the government ,
and the powers reserved to the states
and that sort of thing. I was just
reading the constitution ; I thought it
might help us I mean you in' your
"The constitution help mec Hasn't
It occurred to you before this that
what I'm doing is all against the con
stitution and the revised statutes and
all those books you see on the shelf
there ? "
"But the constitution sounds all
right. It seems remarkably reason
able. You couldn't ask anything fair
er than that ! "
"So are the ten commandments fair
enough ; but you're on the wrong
track , Mr. Ardmore , if-you're trying
to support the present administration
with stupid things in books. I don't
follow precedents , Mr. Ardmore ; I
create them. "
She turned to the morning mail
while he read , and opened the
envelopes rapidly. Such of the letters
as she thought interesting or impor
tant she put aside , and when Ardmore
finished reading a double-leaded tele
gram from Columbia , in which Ux
governor of South Carolina was quot
ed as declaring his intention of taking
immediate steps for the apprehension
of Appleweight , she was still reading
and sorting letters , tapping her cheek
lightly meanwhile with the official
"Here , Mr. Ardmore , " she said ,
drawing a paper from her pocket , "is
the answer to that telegram we sent
yesterday evening. Suppose you read
that next , and we can then decide
what to do. "
She was making the letters into lit
tle piles , humming softly meanwhile ;
but he felt that there was a storm
brewing. He read the message from
Columbia a number of times , and if
the acting governor had not been 30
ominously quiet he would have laugh
ed at the terse sentences.
"There must be a mistake about
this. He-wouldn't have used 'divert
ing' that way ; that's insulting ! "
"So you appreciate its significance ,
do you , Mr. Ardmore ? The iron en
ters your soul , does it ? You realize
that I have been insulted , do you ? "
"I shouldn't put it that way ; Miss
Dangerfield. Gov. Osborne would
never have sent a message like that
to you he thought he was sending it
to your father. "
"He's insulted me and every other
citizen in the Old North State ; that's
who he's insulted , Mr. Ardmore. Let
me read it again ; " and she repeated
the telegram aloud :
" 'Your extremely diverting tele
gram in Appleweight case received
and filed. ' I think it's the extremely
that's so perfectly mean. The divert
ing by itself would not hurt my feel
ings half so much. He's a good deal
smarter man than I thought he waste
to think up a telegram like that. But
what do you think of that piece in the
newspaper ? "
"He says he's going to catch Apple-
weight dead or alive. That sounds
pretty serious. "
"I think it's a bluff , myself. That
telegram we sent him yesterday must
have scared him to death. He was
driven into a corner and had to do
something to avoid being disgraced ,
and it's easy enough to talk big in the
newspapers when you haven't the
slightest intention of doing anything
at all. I've noticed that father talks
the longest and loudest about things
he doesn't believe at all. "
"Is it possible ? " whispered Ard
"Of course it's possible ! Father
would never have been elected if he'd
expressed his real sentiments ; neither
would anybody else ever be elected
If he said beforehand what he really
"That must have been the reason I
got defeated for alderman on the re
form ticket. I told 'em I was for
turning the rascals out. "
"That was very stupid of you.
You've got to get the rascals to elect
you first ; then if you're tired of of
fice and don't need them any more
you bounce them. But that's political
practice ; it's a theory we've got to
work out now. The newspapers are
a lot of bother.I spent all yesterday
evening talking to reporters. They
came to the house to ask where papa
was and when he would be home ! "
"What did you tell them ? "
"I didn't tell them anything. I sent
out for two other girls and we all just
talked to them and kept talking , and
gave them lemon sherbet and ginger
cookies ; and Eve Hungerford played
the banjo. But what were you doing ,
Mr. Ardmore , that you didn't come
around to help ? It seems to me you
don't appreciate the responsibilities
of being secretary to a governor. "
"I was afraid you might scold ma
if I did. And besides I was glued to
the long distance telephone all even
ing , talking to my manager at Ards-
ley. He read me my letters and a lot
of telegrams that annoyed me very
much. I wish you wouldn't be so
hard on me , for I have trifling trou
bles of my own. "
"I didn't suppose you ever had trou
bles ; you certainly don't act as
though you ever had. "
1 "No-one who has never been broth
er-in-law to a duke has the slightest
idea of what trouble Is. "
"I've seen the duke of Ballywinkle's
picture in the papers and he looks
very attractive. "
"Well , if you'd ever seen him eat
celery you'd change your mind. He's
going down to Ardsley to visit me ;
for sheer nerve I must say my rela
tions beat the world. I got my place
over here in North Carolina just to
get away from them , and now my sis
ter not the duchess , but Mrs. Atchison -
ison is coming down there with a
lot of girls and Ballywinkle has at
tached himself to the party. They'll
pass through here to-day , and they'll
expect to find me at Ardsley. "
( TO BE CONTINUED. )
Various Jewish Projects.
As long ago as 1666 Sabati Zevi set
the Jews of Europe preparing for a
return to Palestine. Not only the poor
er brethren but even the rich mer
chants of Venice and Leghorn were
seized by the excitement , and for a
whole century , the great bulk of the
people refused to be disillusioned. It
was not until the appearance of George
Eliot's "Daniel Deronda" that the Jew
ish nationalist movement received
another stimulus so strong as this ;
but in the meantime many schemes
were propounded , including an attempt
in 1854 to float a company "to enable
the descendants of Israel to obtain and
cultivate the land of promise. " Var
ious famous people have been inter
ested in the idea of establishing an in
dependent Jewish kingdom , not neces
sarily in Palestine. The Dutch West
India Company tried the experiment
in Curacoa , and Oliver Cromwell did
the same in Surinam. Marshal Saxe
proposed such a kingdom" South
America with himself as king , and , in
1860 , Judge Noah ' purchased Grand
island in the River Niagara with a
view to founding a Jewish state.
Professor of Columbia University
Makes Numerous Tests.
Physical Weli-Being of Mature Men
Little Affected by Its Use Appre
ciable Differences Between
Non-Smokers and Smokers.
New York. The results of an Inves
tigation of the effects of smoking on
students of Columbia university , which
was mede by Dr. George L. Meylan ,
head of the Columbia gymnasium ,
have been made public in the Popu
lar Science Monthly.
They show that on the whole those
who smoke are not injured seriously ,
If at all. Dr. Meylan "experimented"
on something more than 200 students ,
about 53 per cent , of whom smoked.
Dr. Meylan points out at the be
ginning of his article that his chief
aim was to determine if smoking ex
erted any influence upon the physical
and mental characteristics of college
students. He does not try to present
the moral or economic sides of the
question. He examined 223 students.
115 of whom smoked. The age at
which they acquired the habit varied
from one at seven years to 18 at six
teen years , 30 at seventeen , 16 at nine
teen and one at twenty-one.
The average physical measurements
of 145 students form the basis for a
table of their
development over a pe
riod of two years. Sixty-six students
who smoked gained about eight
pounds in weight , against a gain of six
pounds by 77 non-smok rs.
The same students made a net In
crease of 1.2 centimeters in height for
the smokers and 1.1 for the non-smok
ers. In lung capacity , however , the
non-smokers surpassed the smokers ,
gaining .20 as against .08. In total
strength the smokers were ahead
again , however , having an increase of
103 units , as against 101.
"It appears from the tables , " says
Dr. Meylan , "that there is no appreci
able difference between the measure
ments of smokers and non-smokers in
the matter of age , where the smokers
are the older. The slight advantage
in the average measurements of the
smokers is undoubtedly due to the
fact that they are eight months older.
The slightly larger gain made by
smokers in weight , height and total
strength during the first two. years In
college Is really too small to have any
In scholarship the non-smokers had
a distinct advantage. The smokers
averaged 80 per cent in their studies
at entrance , 62 per cent , during the
first two years , and 7 per cent , of fail
The non-smokers got 91 per cent In
their entrance examinations and 69
per cenS. in their first two years in
college , while only 4 per .cent , were
In this respect Dr. Meylan thinks
there is a distinct relation between
smoking and scholarship.
Of the same set of students 47 per
cent , of the smokers won places on
varsity athletic teams , while only 37
per cent , of the non-smokers could get
places. It was discovered that 56 per
cent , of all the varsity athletes at Co
lumbia were smokers , as compared
with 52 per cent , of all students.
In conclusion Dr. Meylan says :
"All scientists are agreed that the
use of tobacco by adolescents Is injuri
ous ; parents , teachers and physicians
should strive earnestly against its use.
"There Is no scientific evidence that
the moderate use of tobacco by
healthy , mature men produces any
beneficial or injurious physical ef
fects that can be measured.
"It has been shown that the use of
tobacco by college students Is closely
associated with idleness , lack of ambU
* ion and application , and how scholar-
ihip. " ;
Some Mahogany Logs From Africa
Yield $5,000 If the Grain
Shows Up Well.
Boston. A lot of round and square
logs piled high in a lumber yard , ex
posed to all changes of the weather
and apparently left there for want of
better use , would scarcely appear to
represent a fortune , but euch is the
case in lumber yards , which make a
business of dealing in fancy woods.
Such a yard is to * oe found in
Charlestown. There , tossed upon one
another as if by some giant hand , are
"sticks" of fancy woods from all over
the world. Some of the mahogany
"sticks" from Africa weigh as much as
six tons and cost the firm from $1,000
to $1,500 each in the London market
( which , by the way , controls the world
in fancy woods ) and contain from
1,500 to 2,000 feet of lumber.
The value of a log when cut up de
pends entirely upon the "figure" or
grain which the wood shows. Some
of the best logs have netted their own
ers as much as $5,000. These high
priced logs -are used entirely for ven
eer work ; that is , they are cut up
into very thin cardboard and used to
complete the finish of pianos and
high grade mahogany furniture , the
base of which is wood of a cheaper
grade. A great deal of the mahog
any * 3ed In this country comes from
South America and Cuba , but the big ,
fine "sticks" come from Africa.
In the same yard lie big logs of
Spanish cedar , used in the making of
racing shells , and this is an equally
In a corner of the yardp almost BUT1 1
NINETY-1HREE AND STILL > - . . > . . (1ll (
BIGELOW , lawyer , editor , sta tesmau , diplomat and historian , is a
living proof of the possibility of combining splendid scholarly and exec
utive ability with length of days. He has just celebrated his ninety-third
birthday , not as a worn-out old man , but as a still active worker. His two
volume biography of Tilden was published only two years ago and he is
now at work on still other solid and clear-headed writing.
Reclamation a Blessing in Re
sults Already Shown.
C. J. Blanchard , Statistician of the
Service , Points to Success Won
by Former Clerk , School
Teacher and Mechanic.
Chicago. "By demonstrating con
clusively that representatives of a
great variety of occupations can turn
farmers and prosper on the new lands
opened to cultivation through the ir
rigation ditches of the "United States
reclamation projects , " declared C. J.
Blanchard , statistician of the service ,
in passing through the city today on
his way to Washington , "these pro
jects have assured the success of the
government undertaking in accom
plishing its principal purpose.
"It was not the object of the recla
mation act merely to provide more
land for those already engaged in
farming , but to provide a way for the
people in congested cities to get back
to the soil and establish homes for
themselves where they can achieve
financial independence and live more
"There was some question , of
course , how these people , suddenly
turning to farming , Would succeed.
The results have been most encourag
"Take the Huntley project in Mon
tana as an example. There Is a young
man there whom I knew when he was
In the government service In Wash
ington as a clerk. He threw up his
position and went out to the Huntley
project , later taking his family , when
he had built a home. He told me re-
FORTUNES IN FANCY WOODS
rounded by the big fancy fellows , lies
all that remains of the once famous
Harvard elm , a piece of the trunk cut
at the point where it forked. As a
piece of an American elm It is , of
course , not a costly wood , but its as
sociations have been such that it is
kept among the rare woods , waiting
to be cut up and fashioned into fur
niture for Harvard college.
BEASTS ON SPECIAL TRAIN
Will Travel From Hamburg to New
Rome Zoo Giraffe to Exercise
on Long Journey.
Rome. More than two thousand
wild animals , bought from Hagenbeck
of Hamburg and destined for the new
zoological garden here , will be con
veyed in special trains from Hamburg
soon. The journey will occupy eight
or ten days and cages adapted to trav
eling have been built for many of the
If the giraffe in the collection was
permitted to stand with his head
through a hole in the car roof he
would be decapitated the moment his
train entered the first tunnel. So he
will be caged lying down and restrain
ed in that position. But the train will
halt occasionally to allow the giraffe
to take exercise.
The work of feeding and caring for
the animals on the journey is worrying
Hagenbeck , who contracts to deliver
them in fine condition. He said here
be does ivot care to undertake such a
task aga * \
s 5 r t&T BHK
cently that he would not take $10,000
for the 40 acres he owned , and the
crop of sugar beets he will raise next
year , on the basis of this year's re
turns , will bring him in more than
"Near neighbors of his are a former
locomotive engineer , a mechanic , a
school teacher there is practically no
limit to the variety of callings and
professions you find represented. You
may say that I hear only of the suc
cesses and ask what about the fail
"One test of failure would be the
cancellation of land on which the people
ple could not make enough to keep up
the payments. In all of the thousands
of instances where the reclamation ,
service has provided homes , I do not
know of any cancellation of claims
where the settler was a bona fide
home seeker , coming out onto the land
to work and establish himself. "
WAYS OF KILLING MOSQUITO
Honolulu Man Tells of Experiments
In Hawaiian Island One Method
by Use of Gas.
New York. Two new methods oi
exterminating mosquitoes , which have
been adopted with great success in
Honolulu , have been recommended to
the New York health department by
Ernest Mott Smith , secretary of the
territorial government , who is ma
king his first visit to New York in
five years. One of the new methods
of combating the mosquito is by the
use of gas , while the other is the em
ployment of mosquito fish.
The gas method , according to Mr.
Smith , was discovered by accident.
"We started using oil , " be says ,
"but there was complaint that thii
gummed up the sewage drains , and
then our chief sanitary officer hit
upon the use of calcium carbide. On
day in cleaning out his automobile
lamps he threw some of the calcium
carbide into an old bucket In which
were a lot of embryonic mosquito-
The next morning he discovered thai
the wigglers were all dead. He mad
some experiments and found that cal
cium carbide'was almost as inexpen
sive as oil and more effective , sa
since then we have been killing mesquites -
quitos by gas.
"Then we employ mosquito fish.
They are little creatures from an inch
and a half to two inches long. Yon
can take a jar so black with wig
glers that you cannot see through the
water and put one of these fish into
it , and in half an hour there will not
be a single wiggler outside the fish.
The fish are as transparent as glass
when empty , but after such a meal
their bodies are black with the wig
glers they have swallowed. "
Pumpkin Holds 200 Pies.
Grand Rapids , Mich. Monroe coun
ty claims the honor of growing th
largest pumpkin In the state. It wa *
grown by Carl C. Warnca , a farmei
living near Tomah , and weighing 93
pounds. An expert calculator estfc
mates that 200 pies "like mother used
to make" can tie made from this moiv
Twins Weigh Only Five Pounds.
New York. Twins , a boy and a gir |
weighing only five pounds between
them , were born the other day to Mra
Leon Herman. They were placed ia
incubators at Bellevue hospital.
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