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THE OifAIIA SUNDAY BEE: APRIL in. 1010.
GIVING AWAY SPRING DATS I
AoS'Sal FanctlOQ for Soae 5ew York
Ea&t ci(e Gir's
STEA3GE P20CTSSI0N IS XOTXD i
frlse Wlaarri ar tha aday
NEW TORK. April . . One afternoon
ouite renemiy t'-.ere a a etrance proce- !
i"n that wound Its v f;om Baxter iree'
t,A ff'.A r.. . ... ...
and Munroe. even further afield from the '
Front xtreet wet ion of Brooklyn, from un. t
charted rea-iona in Patft Heath and Conar '
lianil. It crime in iris f;e. not In bai
taiiun It a-a feminine and ur.hutted.
I; declination ta the home of M.-s.
Icajic Ijiwntnre on Ejt Ninlie.i tr-et.
f ar T:t avener.' a -.tie ef the M rayed
eiplamed to a f I : f i J ' y pn.ir' nian. i;n
either iide of h'-r head, snavms m the
artton brefze ,,f '.he a:y Ap::l a.'ter
Dooa, were two enorrrou bu of t:;prd
(.Copyright. lSli. by Bobba-Merrill" Cu.
I was In the house for a week. Much of
that lima I spout In composing and de
si roving letters- of thanks to Miss West,
and in growling at the doctor. McKnight
dropped in daily, but h was ies cheerful
than usual. Now and then I caught hire
eyeing m as If ha had something to aay,
but whatever it was he kept it to himself.
Ocos during th week he went to Baltimore
and saw the woman in the hospital there.
From th description I had little difficulty
in rr-c-oania.ng the young woman who had
been wua the rtudered man in Plttabui-g.
But ah was still unconscious. Aa elderly
aunt had appeared, a gaunt person in
black, who sat around Ilk a buzzard on a
Xenc. according to McKnight, and wept.
In a ixuxed figure, into a damp handker
chief. On the last day of my imprisonment h
stopped in to thrli out a case that was
earning up in court the next day. and to
Play a gam of double solitaire with roe-
"Who won the ball gamer' I aavked.
"W war licked. Ark me something
pleasant. Oh. by ths way, Bronaon s out
"I'm triad I'm cot on his bond,
pessimistically. "He il clear out."
"Not he." McKnigiii pounced
ace. "He's no fool. Don't you
he knows you took those notes to Pitts
burg? The papers were full uf It. And
h knows you escaped with your life and a
broken arm from the wreck. What do ae
do nextf The common wealth contmuea fhe
case. A. deaf man on a dark night would
know thok notes ar missing.
"Don't play so faat." I remonstrated. "I
have only on arm to your two. Who la
trailing Bronaon T Did you try to get
"I asked fur htm. but ha had some work
"The murder's evidently a deaad Irsue." I
reflected. "No. I'm not joking. The wr-ck
destroyed all th evidence. But I'm firmly
convinced thou nut a will be offered,
vither to us or to Branson very soon
Jabnaou a a blackguard, but he a good
detective. He oould n.ake hi fortune as a
gam dog. What a he doing'
McKalant put down hia crde. and r.s
lug. went to the wiudow. Aa he held the
curtain back hia customary grlu locked a
"To tell you the truth, Loille." he said,
'for the last two day he bw. been watch
ing a well kn.wn Waxhmcion attorney
earned L.tm Blake iey. lie a acroaa the
It look a moment for me to grap what
"Why. Il s ndiculoua." I a-serted. "What
would they trail me for? tio over and t-ll
Joiinaua to t wut of tnrie. or I 11 pot at
ti:in with my rerun or."
"Taw can tell hira that yourself." Ms-
.V. Si Saw ae SI 111 1 -waaaa-. - - " ar tr
yellow, min sinking than !
od she held by the hand "Mtie
j who eas a.o entitled by virtue;
, of h.gh marks In atte-idanee. pollter.ess.
I f''nr,!,,l"3r ,ml K,rr ' oi-ver .;-ard.r,a
l ' rr'' to Pr'vt'ege ef rh oing from
some rive:4-ura spring hat the nn she feit
Mo be most in ccor4 with her wt'iiitr
sty of beauty
Sh and sister
Sunday Kir,Jerearien aseor atum and wr?
I var a nx-itiy of phiianthroplcally-minded
j ladies who do not believe t.iat evil uge
1 'ton lurks in efiluw plume, nor because
on ii decked with a wreath of poppie on
j an cru-tinted !: una must necessarily
be wnr'd;y-mine"ed meet for several day
ar.d trim hat. the result if their r.dnr-
or" being distributed to the prise memhir
' ,h aforementioned ai-e-K-iatkm.
The drawing room of I-ar'iice a
Homr. ;.,kra l.L lVi mtl .il.ff .-rKi .
P"l"'ir drrtment atoia on bargain da;. . .
x ep. fr t.e fact that the hats are m.l
d,','" "J !n raen and on piiiented :
i stan'lf. rm are ranged In (teometrlrally
lrfct row ;..ns the f'.ijor uf the d raw
it: K room and dininc r)m and on tne ma
ho.jr.y tile. Kvery t hliiK. even to the
ut:in j.urtant nieter-.ai of thread and thim
bic. ha been do.i;H by verJ depatt-
mnt .'teres n ttie c:ty. wh earn year '
-etid t.oe of ktufr to be ud for the
Itindcrffarten children haia. There is not
a wrap of ieft-over materral employed and
very nat i frh. its trimminsa H
fir.Ti;y enough ro
'l-aa and. aith
er.t:.-e . oiler; ion
;he ni'd of the
:t)itand the ha.-dem
fw exception, the
a-iapted .or ,
:u.e an e e
Knight paused and bent forward. "Hello. ,
here's a visitor; little man with string:
"I won't see him." I said firmly. "Tr
i been bothered enough with reporters."
I We lurtentd together to Mr. Klopton's
' expostulating tones in th lower hail and
1 the creak of the boards as she cam heav
i lly up the stairs. She had a piece of
j paper in her hand torn from a pocket ao
j count book, and on It was th name, "Mr.
i Wilms Budd Hotchkiss. Important busi
! "Oh, well, show him up," I said resign
! ed'y. "Tou'd better put those cards away,
. Richey. I fancy it's th rector of the
' church around the corner."
But when th door opened to admit a
i curiously alert little man, adjusting hi
glasses with nervous fingers, my face must
; have shown my dismay.
It-was the amateur detective of the On
I shook hands without enthusiasm. Here
i was the one survivor of ths wrecked car
; who could do me any amount of harm.
There was no hop that he had forgotten
! any of th incriminating details. In fact,
, he held In his hand the very not book
j which contained them.
His manner was restrained, but It was
: evident he was highly excited. I intro
1 duced him to McKnight. who haa th
( Imagination I lack, and who placed him
at once, mentally.
"I only learned yesterday that you had
: been er eaved." he said rapidly. "Tcr
I nbie aire .dent unspeakable. Dream about
t ail mcht and think about it all day.
i "No. He Just wears a apiint to be dif
ferent from other people." McKnight
I drawled lazily. I glared at him: there was
nothing to be gained hy antagonizing th
I "Ye, a fractured humerus, which trn't
las funny as it sound.'
Humerus humorous' Pretty good." he
; cackled. "I must say you keep up your
j spirita pretty well, considering everything."
"You seem to have escaped injury." 1
'parried. He aas fumbling for something
in his pockets.
I "Tea. I escaped." ha re a led ab rainnll'v.
i "Reniarkabis thing, too. I haven t a doubt
1 I would have broken my r.ec!:. but 1
; landed on you U never guess what! I
iandtd head first on the very pillow which
i was under inaper'.ion at the time of th
' wreck. Toil remember, don t you? Wher
idid I put that packager
He found it finally ar.d opened it oa a
; tabic, displaying wi:h some theatneahe-a
i a rectauguiar p-ec of muslin and a t.m .aj
patch of strrped ticking.
"You raaogms it?" h said "The sia.i,
you see, sud the hole mad hv the dirk,
tried to bfti.g away the entire pillow, b i
they thought I was sieaiing It, and mad
me gtva K up."
Richer touched the pieces) giagerlv. "By
laWllf K m il . r ,t . a r- f k.l
hu been k wt t the dewvends of beaut, a I
well as to that erf utility.
Pel ween th rows . f hai. "ispplng
lia-htlv a rati". w,k :h honor llrt. t:ii(
sre Umitlnl mia the house hy two and i
Hirer. p-mitterf a nwiwan f.r a-
lection, then with their orinr bonnet
tlsh'lv ctasnd to (hr throbbintr brais '
ii hoonl out. while the next In lire "
We recorn :t the-re Annie Blandest", who j
ha an awful mnmfit when she discover i
that the rar.ama he haa ee'ected tiimm"d I
with a pk wreath and Nui1 streamers. I
iot omtr. o rtiirh in the crown or aids in
the br:m a the dare bin and brown mixed
straw with lia buncfi of scsrlet poppies
right at the cunning little pace where It i
turr.s up. Tots over and I faatened down.!
Arr.i- puts the matter up to the third .
president of the society. C A . de
Lvn .chol.. who he'rwd the ladlea trtm
"" helped them arranre. -elect and j
distribute everything In fart but trim, and!
he. w:in mawunna pr-.inac.'iy. pe'p'exe? ,
Annie t:!l more by tellinK her that if
owild ni:d a Tim o'?1iant;r It b
metre wr-lcfahle and in hotter tate. A ,
Tarn o Chanter for a xprtnif hat, did any I
one ever hear uch noiifn: Annie look I
at him aiih reproach In her eye. To that
moment he had occupied the pedest'al that I
a teacher occupie to a ptipil: from that I
time he begina to doubt man omniciene.
Annie cizj the pa:: a ma of earl;- selec
tion, cafta a loni'.ns 6-anc at the brown i
and blue mi mixed, and diapte!ir. de-
u,unnR .round Mr
Nicnoll ample form '
and e eslxKse as if he f- ared that In ,
t-pite of her cram lie wm:!d, be forced I
to the humiliation of walklne doan IJxtcf
atreet and up Norfolk in a hated Tarn.
Later on Annie in the areaa av. lurroundr-d
by three nun maid and perambulator.
four policemen, sn wray rata and four
crap ahootem who have discovered that
something Is doin'.' wrap up her ha: in
a newspapr. pina It with trvo afrtle5. tie
it aith a bit of coid leaned by a police
man and makes tracks for the E.ist s.de
with a triumphant errort. :
Josephine Perez, who la in deep mourn- '
j init. tiptoea from the red straw and its j
' ribbon bows of cense, which looks aa if I
1 it might be very becoming to her brunette
' r-omnic-rlon and l.ir dark eves to the Dale i
green with its garniture of floating gf asses (
I :n which are imbedded here and there
1 apple bloaaoma She Is a.ked by on. of the !
I -.... ie n.rh.r.. . m.ov. or . I
bit and white, or even a Dure white I
.ootd not-erh more in keenina- with !
V. t K.ra ( a roarkMt heltatlon in IWU
lng of anything so personal aa mourning. I
but Josephine declare that when she
leaves it off she's going Into "colors" right
away and the question having destroyed
i indecision picks out th acarlet dream.
She does not try it on. in fact. It Is
noticed that none of the children think
i of that rather necessary adjunct of the
! occasion. They se.ect with an eye to color I
i and form rather than to Individual suit- j
: ability. They eschew usefulness aa far i
as possible to their ideas of beauty, even
thougn that aomrtHIng is in every way
Little characteriatic qualities are shown.
There la the girl with the weak, undecided
thin and wandering eyes who takes what
is suggested, though a veiled expression
! shows it is not what she wants; there
is the one who will not be hurried or
driven, who Is careful, conscientious and
weighs scrupulously the points of each
chapeau. It would be a good peg on which
to hang an ethical lesson to state that she
gets ths gem of th occasion, but ahs does
not. Overcautlon leads her to a something
around in your pocket W hat if you should
mistake it for your handkerchief T
But Mr. Hotchkiss waa not listening. Ha
stood bent somewhat forward, leaning over
tho table, and fixed me with his ferret
"Have you seen the evening papers, Mr
BlakeJeyr he inquired.
I glanced to where they lay unopened,
and shook my head.
"Then I have a disagreeable task." he
said with evident relish. "Of course, you
had considered the matter of th man Har
rington's death closed, after ths wreck. I
did myself. As far aa I was concerned, 1
meant to let it remain so. There were no
other survivors, st least none that I knew
of. and In spit of circumstances, there
were a number of points in your favor."
"Thank you," I put in with a sarcasm
that waa lost on him.
"I verified your identity, for Instance, as
soon as I recovered from th shock. Also
I found on inquiring of your tailor that
you invariably wort dark clothing."
McKnight cam forward threateningly.
"Who ar you, anyhow T' he demanded.
"And how is this any business of yours r
Mr. Hotchkiss waa entirely unruffled.
I have a minor position her," he said,
reaching for a visiting card. "I am a very
small patch on the seat of government,
McKnight muttered something about cer
tain offensive designs against the said
patch and retired grumbling to the win
dow. Our visitor was op-mng the paper
with a tremendous expenditure of enercv,
"lieia it is. Listen.'' He read rapidly
J "The Pittsburg police hav sent to Balti
more two detectives who ar looking up
the eurv Ivors of th Ill-fated Washington
j Flier. It has transpired that Simon Har
l ring-ton, th Wood street merchant of that
I city, waa not killed in th wrack, but was
! murdered In bis berth the night preceding
! th accident. 5honlf before th collision.
-John Flanders, the conductor of th Filer,
.sent tlii teiesn-ara to the chief of police:
i " 'Body of Simon Harrington found
I stabbed In hie berth, lower ten. Ontario.
I at 3 this morning.
j " JOHN FLANDERS. Conductor.'
I lt is hoped that the survivors of the
I wrecked car Ontario will be found, to tell
what they know of the discovery of th
! "Mr. John Gllmoie. head of th steel
'company for which Mr. Harrington was
pttrchasirux agent, has aigarfied his lnten
tlon of sifting the matter to th bitiom."
".So you see," ii jich a C-wclmied.
"there a trouble brewing. Ton and I ar
'hi. only survivors of that unfortunate
. did not contradict him. but I knew of
two thera. at least: Aiiaon West, and th
! woman a had left beaid th road that
' morniikg, babbling lneohereniiy, her black
hair luaabung over her whit reea.
Le -K' 1
a w or
"Mart. mart, quite contrart.
unbecoming and weighty and the chances
r that she will waik to Sunday kinder- j
garten .meeconeej wnne jiosie. wno sraias
cl conteraptuou. glance around.
negligently dropa hrr band on the nearest
" ",r- whlf-h happena to be a perfect
beauty of ecru tinted straw and dainty
,1- " " " " "
cu'lrmjr on the block.
There is. too. the Little Mother, b ess h-r
generous soul, who deliberately picks out
a hat for some on at least eight years
younger than herself and driven to a cor
ner, admits that aha is going to take it to
sister Instead of selecting one for herself.
There is Josie Charron. who perches the
Napoleon tricorne on her fluffy hair and
marches with military step to the door, j
wrapping her pink plush coat about her. I
beneath which she has concealed the torn
brim of her winter's felt, of which she is
There is Angelina Caprielll. aged It who
stands in the door and demands "Wher
la the reddest one?" and there is Lull
Lappl. who also has an altercation with Mr.
Nlcholla. Li II is not high In rank, and nat
urally her choice Is limited to th small
number left aa the clock strikes 4. th fes
tivity, beginning at 1 having lasted without
Intermission to that moment. There is no
doubt that th selection mad by Mr.
Nlcioil Is determined by good faith and
bis wish to dear ths Lawrence horn of lta
"Unless w can find th man who occu
pied lower seven," I suggested.
"I have already tried and failed. To And
him would not clear you. of coarse, un
less we could establish som connection
between him and the murdered man. It is
th only thing I see, however. I have
learned this much." Hotchkiss concluded.
"Lower seven waa reserved for Creseon."
Cresson: Wher) Alison West snd Mrs.
Curtis had taken the train!
McKnight cam forward and suddenly
held out his hand. "Mr. Hotchkiss." he
said, "I I'm sorry if I hav been offensive.
I thought when you came In, that. Ilk
th Irishman and the government, you
were forninsf us. If you will put those
cheerful relics out of sight somewhere. 1
should be glsd to have you dins with me
at th Incubator." (His name for his
bachelor apartment.) "Compared with
Johnson, you are the great original pro
toplasm." The strength of this was lost on Hotch
kiss, but th invitation was clear. They
went out toget her, and from my winduw
I watched them get into McKnight-s car.
It was raining, and at the corner tho Can
nonbail skidded. Across the street my de
tective, Johnson, looked after them with
his crooked smile. As he turned up his
collar hs saw me. and lifted his hat.
I left th window and sat down in th
growing dusk. So th occupant of lower
seven had got on th car at Cresson, prob
ably with Alison West and her companion.
There waa soma on she cared about
noush to shield- I went Irritably to the
door and summoned Mrs. IQopton.
"You may throw out tho rosea." I
said, without looking at her. "They ar
"They have ben quite dead for three
days," she retorted spitefully. "Euphemla
said you threatened to dismiss her if shs
By Sunday vercni, a week after th
wrack, my forced lnactloa had goaded me
to truay. Th very sight of Johnson across
th street or lurking, always within sight
of th hosts, kept me constantly ax asper
ated. Jt waa oa that day that things began
to com to a forma, a burning glass of
events that seemed to canter oa ma.
I dined alone that evening la no cheer
ful rarne of mind. There had been a pols
: gam th day bef or and I had lent a
; pony, which Is always a bad thing to do.
jAnd she had wrencned her shoulder, be
; sides helping to lost tha game. There was
. no ocs in town: th temperature was .
j and climbing, and my left hand persis
tently cramped under it bandage
Mr, Kioptoa herself saw m served, my
broad buttered and cut in tidbits, my meat
ready for say fork. Sh bevered around
m maternally, obviously trying to cheer
Th paper says still warmer." ah ven
tured. "Th thermometer is IS now."
"And this coffee is M," I said, putting
down my cup. "Wher is Euphwnia? 1
haven't see her around, r beard a dish
smash all day."
"Euphrmia Is In bed," Mrs. JCopton said
gravely. "It your meat cut email enoughs
Mr. Lawrence?" Mrs. K lop ton ean throw
I aior mystery Into an ordinary sentence
than any ona I know. Sh ean say. "Ar
your sheets damp, air?" And I can toll
I from her ton that th house serosa th
street has been robbed, or that my left
I hand neighbor has appendlcltla. 9a now
1 looked up and asked the queativ eh aas
"What's th matter with Euphemla?" I
"Frtghteced into her bed." Mrs. Klopion
said la a stag whisper. "She s bad thre
hot water bottla and ah hasn't don a
thing all day but moan."
"fch oughtn't to tak hot water bottles."
I aaud ha say ton. "On woaid
;i .14 a
gveata. o that the interrupted routine of
the household may go on, but hia choice
is certainly unfortunate.
On cannot blame Lily for not raring to
tak a brown straw trimmed with brown
ribbon and one yellow primrose when she
haa aa alternative a pale blue chip with a
pink roe that looks nstural enough to
smell good. The declaration that she ail!
show better sense by selecting the dark
straw, aa It is more suitable to her age.
anger her. A woman is never so young
inat she can stand that allusion without
"Suitable to my age. Mr. Nlcholls." she
remonstrates, "why, it i years too old." i
She leans over, snatches the pink and blue
and run. j
The Sunday Kindergarten assoctat.on !
meets at present in a restaurant situated j
near Worth street, after several pere- i
grinatlon from hall to hail. Here the
tables and chair, and the fact that it is a
"temperance" place have offered Induce
ments for temporary refuse. There i a
branch In Brooklyn on Front street, near
the bridge, and all told some 309 children
attend th sessions every seventh day. the
curriculum entirely different from that of
the daily school, and the instruction along
th lln of philosophy and aesthetic, based
on Hegel's doctrines, which it is claimed
ths children, even those of the tender age
of 19 and XX ar Interested in and study
make me moan. Tou need not wait, I'll ;
ring if I need anything." i
Mrs. KJopton sailed to the door, whero
she stopped and wheeled Indignantly. "1 ;
only hop you won't laugh on the wrong
aid of your faco some morning. Mr. j
Lawrence, she declared, with Christian
fortitude. "But I warn yo.i. I am going
to hava the police watch that house next!
I waa half Inclined to le!l her that both
it and w were under surveillance at that
moment. But I like Mrs. Klopton. In spite
of the fact that I make her life a torment i
for her. so I refrained. j
"Last night, when the paper said it was
goinar to atorm. I sent Euphemla to the .
roof to bring the rugs in. Elira had slipped ;
out, although it was her evening in.
Euphemla went up to tho roof it was 11
o'clock and soon I heard her running
downstairs crying. When she got to my
room sh just folded np on the floor. She
said there was a black f'gur sitting on
th parapet of th empty house next door
and that when sh appeared it rose and
waved long black arms at her and spit, of the Udder I stopped and looked up.
cat." J Above me thera waa a gray rectangle of
I had finished my dinner and was light- Lky dotted with stars. It occurred to m
lng a cigarette, "it there waa any one up that with my on serviceable hand hold
ther, which I doubt, they probably me the ladder, I was hardly In a position
sneezed." I suggested. "But If you f cl
uneasy. Til take a look around the roof
tonight before I turn in. As far a
Juphatnia goes, i wouldn t be uneasy
about herdoesn't she always have an at
tack of som sort when Eliza rings in an
extra evening on her?"
So I made a superficial examination of
the window locks that night, visiting parts
of th house that I had not seen since 1
buught It. Then I went to the re.f. Kvl-
dently it bad not been intended for any
purpos aav to cover th house, for nniilte
th houses around, there waa no ataircaa.
A ladder and a trap-door led to It, and it
required some nice balancing on my part
to get up with my useless arm. I made It,
however, and found this unexplored part
of my domain rather attractive. It was
cooler than downstairs, and I sat on ths
brick parapet and smoked my final cigar -
Its, Th roof of th empty house ad
joined min along th back wing, but in
vestigation showed that the trap-door
across th low dividing wail was bolted
Thsr was nothlhg out of the ordinary
anywhere, and so I assured Mrs. Klopton.
Needless to say, I did not teil her that I
had left the trap-door open, to see if it
would Improve the temperature of the
house. I went to bed at midnight, merely
j becaus thera was nothing else to do. 1
turned on the night lamp at the head of
my bed, and picked up a volume of Shaw
at random (It waa "Arms and the Man,"
and I remember thinking grimly that I
was a good bit of a chocolate cream soldier
myself), and prepared to go to sleep. Shaw
always puts ms to sleep, I hav no apolo
gies to make for what occurred that night,
and not eve an explanation that I aiu
sur of. I did a foolish thing under Im
pulse, and I hav not been sorry.
It was something after I when th door
bail rang. It rang quickly, twice. I got
up drowsily, for the maids and Mrs. K'.op
ton always lock themselves beyond reach
of th bell at night, and put on a dressing
gown, Th bail rang again on my way
downstair. I lit tha hall Kkht and opened
th door. I waa wid awake now. and I
saw that It was Johnson. His bald head
shone ia ft light his croaked mouth was
twisted in a smile.
"Good heavens, man." I asud Irritable.
Tos t you ever go bom and go to be"
He dosed the vestibule derar behind him
and cavalierly turned out the lighu Our
dialogue was sharp, staccato.
"Hav you a key to th empty house
next door?" hs demanded. "3 :metudy' in
there, and th latch is caught "
"Th houses ar alike. The key to this
door may fit. Did you se mem go inr
. There s a light moving up from
"No por-s are aioned. ' npii rj one of
j the tea her, "except thona that are com
j natibla with the Ixird a day aid boy of
the IncorriKit'e' c'aa ara tem:y pro-
hilled, a thi 1 not -a p'are for di-I
rtplina."' Tlie di'trtrt wht.-h It rea.lr cnv. !
er I pract'eailv the Mulberry Hend ere.
tlon uf Manhattan and the !um ef Brtik
hn. a th radiatlna linea to further rhunta. i
ahiie the name ' K.nderaarten" haa been
rhoen rt!ir f r t'. popular meaning and
in a f'.guretive ren that for arty 'n
In the (JinmiT month the kindergarten
r"i"pitlc. Th children are taken to
the letropolitan Mueeum of Art and on
patriotic observation tour. Including the
Morria-Jumel man.-ion. the elrante. Fort
Georce and the GraO mansi.'n. The
j or Klr.al rdea of the kindergarten w.-vie partly
I der-ved frtm that of Ami Brnnenn Ai
j cn1t' remarkal'lo e hool for children held
: in the Masonic temple in B.wt in. a hile Its it i ald that one of the honor pupils ran
port!ve teaching may be t-a. ed to the rrdte It bai kaard and another in her etrep
i writir. and netvinai atinerintendeflv e of Thi "atfr tatement. however, i not
William T Hrr:a. former l.'nlted State , vouched fer. but it sounds reasonable
j rn!timwi(iiifr of eliii-at on. aho a a r-m- Answer:
jne-:tod a th t.'.e Ciuord i-h.o! of Philo- "Ir.toi Intuit ioiia ;! and utilitai ians T.-.e
! "Phy. :ntuitl:na.iit make Hie inner light of re-a-
13s.dr the pr:ng donation of hat there on ihe criterion of conduct. The utiii
I an annual Twelfth NiKlit party, at larian Uok without, and a s that action
which pr.ee are aian distributed, the line i is nglit which brins t lie grrai'st hppme
not so closely drav n between liunor scares; , to the greatest number of people. Knt
. there is also a Thankeciv It.g dinner and as an intuit .onal.st and an aa Si.
the iatcst census of affair shows that Thomas A-jinna bef r him. as ae'l as
moie than M.'Wa worth of r wards and g:ft ; IVwarte A utit '"ointe. John Stuat t
wrre distrihiite-d dtir'rit the last twelve I Mill. Herbert Spencer ai.tl m-. st agnostics
months, inrludirg c'oihini and aorks of are ut.lltar.an."
"rt- Charles Wilbur de I.y-m N choii m-H-
T!:e smali boy of . lassie fame, asked if tly aiim:ts the auihorstnp of the primer,
he would prefer to rrt-ite a icxt :n the B ble I and the Ladies of the Spring Hat Sew-ng
or to reeeive
gingerbread nut. aiaa s i
answered tl.at he would p-' fer to ree ie
a text, and th. n aa Invariably rewarded
by receivrr two nuts. There I really no
j analogy between this story and the Sunoay
, kir.ijcrsarten clse. for eflrr r-adirg over
the primer, wh:cl ex cupie most of their I
study hour, it i quite eaev to ee that
I no chiid in her senses but would prefer to 1
"WHICH 13 THE
room to room. I saw something like It last
night, and I have been watching. The pa-
trolman reported queer doirgs there a week
or so ago."
"A light:" I exclaimed. "Do you mean
"Very likely." he said grimly. "Hav!
you a revolver?"
"All kinds in the gun rack." I replied, the hand had been. It was gone now:
4nd going Into the den. I came ba k with I there was a faint rustle In the darkness
a Smith and Wesson. "I'm not much use." below, and then silence,
I explained, "with this arm. but I'll do I held up my own hsnd in the starlight
what I can. There may be somebody there, land Blared at a long scratch in the palm,
The servants here have been uneasv-." "A woman"' I said to myself stupidly,
Johnson planne-i the campaign. He siig-j "By all that's ridiculous, a woman!"
gested on account of my familiarity with' Johnson was striking matches below and
the roof, that I go there and cut off escape swearing eoflly to himself. "How the devil
in that direction. "I have Itohison out do you get to the rocf T' he called. "I
there now the patrolman on the beat." he think Tve broken my nose!"
said. "He'll watch below and you above.
. while I search the hous-. Be as quiet as.
I was rather amused. I put on some
clothes and felt my way carefully up the
! stairs, tho revolver swinging fre In my
pocket, my hand on the rail. At the foot
i to defe.nd myself, that I was about to hoist
' a body that I am rather careful of Into a
'danger I couldn't sea and watra t partlcu-
laxly keen about anyhow. I don't mind j
saying that the seconds It took me tn
scramble up tha ladder were among th j
most unpleasant that I recalL
I got to the ton. however, without In
cident. I could see fair'y well after the ,
, darkness of the house beneath, but there
' Wss nothing suspicious in sight. The roofs,
; separated by two feet of brick wall,
stretched around me, unbroken save by an
j occasional chimney. I went very softly
j over to the other trap, the on belonging
to th suspected house. It was closed, but
j i imagined I could hear Johnson s foot-
' steps ascending heavily. Then even that
j au gone. A near-by clock struck S as I
stood waiting. I examined my revolver
then, for the first time, and found It wag
I had been rather skeptical ' 'ion.
I had had ths usual tolerant a '. uJi of
tha man who Is summoned from h s bed
to search for burglars, combined with ths
artificial courage of firearms. With the
discovery of my empty gun, I felt like a
man on tie top of a volcano In lively erup
tion. Suddenly I found myself staring 1n-
credulously at the trap-door at mv feet.
:i had exammed it early in ihe evening
and found it bolte-J. Did I imaeine it. or
j had it raised about an inch? Wasn't it
moving slowly ss I looked? No, I am not
a hero: I waa startled almost Into a panic.
I had one arm. and whoever waa raising
that trap-door had two. My knees had a
queer Inclination to bend the wrong way.
Johnson's footsteps were distinct enough,
but he was evidently far below. The trap
raised perhaps two Inches now, remained
stationary. There was no sound from be
neath it; once I thought I heard tvo or
thre gasping respirations: I am not sur
they war not my own. I wanted desper
ately to stand on on leg at a tim and
bold the other up out of focus of a pos
t did not se the hand appear. There
was nothing there, and ther. It was there,
clutching the frame of the trap. T did the
only thing I could th.nk of; I put my foot
There aas not a sound from beneath.
The next moment I was kneeling and had
clutcht-d the wr:t just above the hand.
After a a-cond s strtigcle. the arm wss
nil. With something real to face, 1 a aa
"Don't move, or I'll stand on ii, trap
and break your arm." I panted. What else
oould I threaler.? I couldn't shoot. I
cou.du t oven f'ght. "Joimeon!" I cailcd. J
Aad than I rea-ized ti.e thing that stayed i
with ms for a month, the thing I ean not t
memor re and rct th. than to b tua
rertplent of a mera aprlrg hat. hir1wa :.
mtifie bo. piano muaic. :raie of oran.
four 5"ra Anaeih aa. perf :me. Tar a:i
brit buckle, toy ptto!. an ll paint, ng
by Iten All H.it n. cabinet paintn-g be
t;nn Newe l, dor n fruit platf. ate. a 1
of which ari:i-!e and many more hava
been ret-ived and dutributed from t.ire t
One of ti e q:.etir. in the prim i
fcr'ed to i:
"tllva a few mo.e areat name in l.ur-
af.ire of authors a ho were mental 1etui
"Define nomina;l?m. ralifm and
Into what t o '.a.-e are m.-rtaj
opwipter eiiinmoiilv divided'"
The anwer to thi deervr nuolation. a
claea ikmi that they do not at-
tend the ri;uiar s-ssions of tlir- stiinday
Kindrsarten association T-- hats
rak. however, in s '.crt e'oi" " "( tin T
deep rroteel interest.
think of even now without a shudder.
The band lay icy cola, strangely quiesceit.
Under my fingers, an artery was beating
feebly. The wrist waa aa slender a t
held ths hand to th light. Than I let it
"Good Lord." I muteereet. and remained
on my knees, staring at the spot wher
I He found the ladder after a short search
and stood at the bottom, looking up at m
"Well. I suppose yo-i haven't seen him!"
' he Inquired. "There are enough darned
j cubbyholes in this house to hide a patrol
j wagon load of thieves." He lighted a
' fresh match. "Heilo. here's snother
By the sound of his diminishing foot
steps I supposed it was a rear staircase.
Ha cam up again in ten minutes or so,
this time with the policeman.
"He's gone, all right," he said ruefully.
"If you'd been attending to your business.
Rbbison. you'd have watched the back
"I'm not twins." Roblson waa e-.irly.
"Well." I broke In, ae cheerfully as I
could, "if you ar through with this jolly
little affair, and can get down my ladder
without having my housekeeper ring the
I burglar alarm. I have some good Munonga-
! hela whisky eh T"
j They came without a second Invitation
i across the roof, and with them safely away
j from the house I breathed more freely.
Down In th den I fulfilled ray promise,
' which Johnson drank to the toast. "Cora,
j lng through the rye." He examined my
, gun rack with ths of a connoisseur,
and even when he waa about to go he cast
1 a loving eye back at the weapons.
"Ever been in th army r ha inquired.
"No." I said with bitterness that he no
ticed but failed to comprehend. "I'm a
chocolata cream soldier you don't read
Shaw, I suppose, Johnsonr
"Never beard of him," the detective said
Indifferently. "Well, good night. Mr.
Blakeley. Much obliged." At the door he
hesitated and coughed.
"I suppejae you understand, Mr.
: Blakeley." he said awkwardly, "that this
1 er-eun-eillar.ee is all in the day's work,
' I don't Ilk It. but it's duly. Every man
j to hia duty, sir."
"Sometime wben you ar sn an open
mood. Johnson." I returned, "you can ex
plain why I am being watched at all."
On Monday I went out for the first tin;e.
I did nut go to ths office. I wanted to
walk. I thought fresh air and exercise
would drive away the blue devils that had
me by th throat, McKnight Insisted on a
long day in his car. but I refused.
"I don't know why not." he said suikilv.
"I can't walk. I haven t walked two con
secutive blocks m thre year. Automo
biles hav mad legs mere ornaments and
auiue not even that. We could have John
son out there chasing us over the country
st 15 an herer"'
"He can chase us just as well at f.v
miles sn hour." I ssld. "But what gets
me, McKnight, is why I sin under surveil
lance at all. How do the puilre know I
was accuse-J of that th.ni"
"Th young lady who sent th rowers
the isn't likely to taik. is she
"No. That la. I didn't say It was a lad v."
I groaned as I tried to get my splinted arm
tutu a coat. "Anyhow, soa dldn t tell." I
finished with conviction, and McKnigtit
(To Be Coat.nued )
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