Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, September 20, 1914, EDITORIAL SOCIETY, Image 22
VIIK OMAHA STTXDAV REF- REPTEMRFR 20. 1014. MO HEART LOUIS VANCE JOSEPH t i V EIGHTH INSTALLMENT ' The photo-drama corresponding to the tn.'rtaCmenfS of "The Trey O'h'eartt" may nov be seen at the leading tnyvtng picture theater. By ihit vnujve arrangement vtth the Universal F'tm Mfg. Co. it it therefore not only possible to read "V:e Trey O'Hcarts" in thia paper, bet also to tee each installment of it at the moving picture theaters. (Ooprrtght, IPX, by Locta JiM(ill Tano.) . MOCK ROSE rrxor! ni a f Hmii la tha "9ibji aifir am- 1oyd trr IWiiw Trtaa In tha prim w of Ttnraance which, throurh hn aivy of Ma deuchtar faSltb, w mtn of violent paaalnna Ilk hl own, ho iN aalnat Abut Uw, ann of tha man (now W4 ) wo waa Ifinocantlr r ponatMa for tha aertdant wfclcti refill ri1 Trtna a halplora erlppla for Ufa. Alaa) la In lora with Una, JoMtb'a twin and doublo. though In aJI alaa bar appoalta. Judith vowa to compaa Alaa'a daaUi. bat ba hth bar Ufa under dramatic elrenmatanora and ao, nnwlttlnflr and anwlltinirlr. wlna hr lova. ThoraaTtar JartWh la br tnrna anlmattd by tha aid batrad. tha na lora, and jaalouijr of Baaa. I MAKE-BELIEVE. For npwards of three-quarters of an hour of that golden morning which followed the night ol his return to New York, Mr. Law wu permitted to esteem himself tho happiest of mortal. The beginning of the period waa synchronous with the slam of a taxlcab door that shut away a superfluous world from tha company of two who floved. That Bound spelled safety as well aa success In Alan's understanding. Furthermore, If proved a , signal for the taxi-motor to chant the opening meas ures of a song of a single sweet-tempered note. To this the car slipped smoothly away from the trarb, pursued only by a little gust of semt-lronlo cheers from the little company of working men who had witnessed as well as measurably partlci- pated In th putative elopement from the bouse of Trine. Vigilant for any Indication that their evasion had had a witness In that strange home of deathless hatred, Alan watched It through the little window In the back of the cab until a corner blotted out the vision of It; then with a sigh of relief sank down by the side of the woman to whom bis every thought, Impute and emotion were dedicated. "Rose?" he whispered, and tentatively touched i one of the hands that lay clenched In her lap. I She responded with never a sign to Indicate con sciousness either of his touch or his whisper. And reminding himself of the strain Imposed upon ber by the experience through which they bad Just passed, Alan excused her unresponsive ness on grounds of reaction, and for the time felt constrained to let bis sweetheart rest and regain ,ber normal poise: there was bliss enough for him In the consciousness that he had won ber safely away, that nothing now more than a short hour's drive across town and by ferry across the Hudson stood between them and the marring that should I prove the consummation of all their trials ... I Barring accident! i Alan bad too often suffered th penalty of dis appointment for over-Indulgence In this falling of I bis for depreciating the unforeseen, not to make the mental reservation, "Earring accidents! " with ,a little sbtver of dread. Had any of Trlne's household been cognizant of i his daughter's escape, Alan argued, Interference ) toast have been instant. I Despite the reassuring aspect, the preoccupation iof his companion ao wore upon htm that he was presently no longer able to refrain from disturbing I ber. "Roue!'' he begged again, closing a band tender ly over hers. "Dearest girl, don't worry another lnetantt Do calm yourself: remember we are safe now; we fooled them handily thanks to year faith and bravery, sweetheartl and everything la going to be well wKh us from now on. Over in Jersey the minister is waiting now to marry as; and down at the White 8tar dock the boat is waiting that is to carry us off to England the moment we're mar ried. Think of that sod that I lor yon. Nothing can possibly break the strength of that combina tion" "Alan!" she breathed gently. "It cant be troet I'm trying ao bard to believe out all the while I know it cant be true!" He converted a skeptic with the mete eloquence of' bis Hps ... Head upon his shoulder, the girl clung passion ately to him. "Tell me again that yon love me!" be prayed. "Promise me you'll never let anything come between us. Promise me, Alan promise me you'll be kind to me always, dear!" "Can you doubt I will be kind?" be murmured reproachfully. "I am afraid . . ," sbe whispered. "How could I be anything elee, lovtng you as I dor "Ton can't be sure. What if you were to find you'd been mistaken T" Sbe caught ber breath and added hastily. "That you didn't really love me, I mean.' "Oh, that's ridiculous?-. 1 cant be sure. Nothing in life is permanent What is love? Illusion of the senses! What Is happiness? A will-o'-the-wisp I What la life? A make-believe I " "Dearest!" He held ber mote closely still. "Ton are nervous and overwrought Ton don't know what you're saying. Ton cant mean what you're saying. . . . But say that It's so that life is all make-belter. Then make-believe you love me" "Ob, but I do, I do!" "And make-believe for a Tittle we've caught the will-o'-the-wisp only for a little until you wake tip and realise that Ira all real and true." She closed ber eyes again: "Tea," she breathed, "yoa are right Let's make-believe It's all true for a little longer . . . and forget . . He could by no meana account for this Strang's humor; but be did bis beet to comfort ber, none tha lees tenderly because of his mystification. And tor a long time abe let Illusion blind her, resting Quietly In hie arms.' making believe ... n THE RINO. Theirs was the last vehicle to swing between th gates before the last ware closed. And this waa quite as well; for Alan, rising for one last backward glance through the rear window, Started involuntarily and choked upon an exclama tion when be descried a powerful touring car tear ing madly toward the ferry-house, its one passenger half rising from th front seat, beside th driver, and exhibiting a oountenanc purpl with congested chagrin as h saw his car barred out of the car riage entrance. Quickly sensitive to bl emotion, th girl caught nervously at Alaa s tana. "What Is It, dnrr "Marrophat," he snapped. She uttered a hushed cry of dismay. "Don't be alarmed, howevsr," he hastened to com fort her. "He's lost the race: tho gates are shut evrn the passongor gates and there must be a company spotter somewhere near by, for th gateman is virtuously refusing to be bribed by a roll of money as thick aa my wrist!" At that Instant the taxlcab roTlwl abosrd the ferry-boat; the deck gates were cloned; a boarse whistle rent the roaring silence of the-clty; winches rattled and chains clanked; and the boot were pon derously out of its slip. "So much for Mr. Marrophat!" Alan crowed. Bit ting down. "Foiled again! He can't stop us now." "Perhaps . . ." "Why that perhaps? Why that toner be de manded sharply, struck by the foreboding her ao centf confessed. "This Inn't the only ferry. There's the Pennsyl vania and the Lackawanna and by hard driving he might even manage to catch the boat that con nect with this from the Christopher street ferry of the Erie!" "Impossible! I don't believe it! I won't!" "Let's not," she agreed. "But, Alan . . "Yes?" "Promise me If ho should manage to cstch np with us you won't let him talk to you. I mean, don't let him" "No fear of that!" he asseverated hotly. "If be tries to exchange one word with ma I only wish he would!" Nor was their taxlcab three minutes out of th forry house on theVersey shore though the chauf- V-rr- I i A $1'-- ' girt v.',' $six;&ki -r xi?vc ' ' - U I ' rw V:l: iTl ''3vf Y J 'C j -4 f V ';v.,-;. .... ., , rt,i , - -.: tetrr, stimulated by Alan's extravagant promise, waa doing bis best to fractur the speed laws and escape arrest when the girl's fears were am ply Justified; a shout from bohlnd drew Alan's head out of th window on one aide and the girl's on the other and proved to both that Marrophat had indeed found some way to make the crossing with out great delay. nis touring car was within fifty yards when they first were made aware of it; and Marrophat standing on the running board, was shouting in articulately and flourishing an imperative hand; while th distance between them was momentarily growing lees noticeable. As Marrophat's car drew abreast Alan nodded and said quietly: "Don't be alarmed; I can attend to this gentleman singlet-handed." . And this he proceeded to demonstrate with ad mirable ease, even though called upon to do so far sooner th,n he had thought to be thanks to Marrophat's hair-brained precipitancy. For, failing to Influence the taxi driver by shouted demands or threats, or to gain the least attention from Alan, Trlne's first lieutenant abruptly and surprisingly toot his llf in his hands and in one wild .bound bridged the distance between the two flyfng oars and landed on th taxi's runnmghoard. , "Stop!" be screamed madly. "Stop, I say! Ton don't know what you're doing! Let me tell yon " He got that far but no farther. In the same breath Alan bad flung wide the door and was at the fellow's throat. There was a struggle of negli gible duration; Marrophat waa rn no way bis an tagonist's match; within three seconds he threw out -both hands, clutched hopelessly at the frame- i work of the cab. and fell heavily to the street , The taxi sped on without pane, its driver deaf to the bails of innocent If Indignant bystanders. Alan pulled himself together and looked back Just In time to catch a glimpse of a number of loafers lifting Marrophat to bis feet and helping him te the sidewalk of an unsavory-looking tenement, be fore the cab took a corner on two wheels ..." "Not seriously Injured, I fancy," be told the girl in response to her eager look. "Wore luck!" b added gloomily. - But It seemed that h was to hav greater cans . than this to complain of bis luck, before that ride waa ended. Three blocks further on a tire blew out wlth a rport lik a cwuK-crcker, aa j t& tiLXl furched perilously, hesitated, slowed down, and limped dejectedly to the curb. Alan and the chauffeur piled out In the same In stant the one standing guard with an eye out as well for another cab while the other assessed damages. "Nothing for It but a new tiro, sir," this last re ported sympathetically. "It must hav been a broken bottle or something like that It but did rip the usefulness clean out of that shoe." "Oo to it," Alan advUd him tersely; "and If you make a qnick Job of It, 111 stand the cost of the new tire." The rapidity wltb which he'comploted the change of tires proved him aa excellent chauffeur, an adept at bis craft; but the delay was one disastrous for all that It worked together with what Alan par donably described as the devil's own luck to bring the touring car In Bight at th precis moment when th chauffeur was cranking np and Alan on the point of re-entering the cab. And though they were off again before Alan could close the door, the attempt was hopeless from the start No until they were well into the suburbs, with few dwellings near and no pedestrian to interfere, did Marrophnt's purpose become apparent Then, however end. it happened while Alan was looking back the touring car drew in swiftly and easily and Marrophat rising in his scat leveled a revolver over the windshield and fired. The crack of his weapon was practically coinci dent with, a mstnlllo thud beneath the rear seat of th taxlcab. Not for soma moments did Alan appreciate the rlciousness of the scheme. Surmising that the gasoline tank bad been punctured by the bullet, be was inclined to believe that Marrophat hoped to That Women r JaoTth, Not Rom," Shouted Marrophat, stop th taxlcab by depriving It, in course of time, of its fuI. And with this in mind he was pres ently surprised, as the cab took a corner, to see Marrophat's car stop at that corner and Marrophat himself got down. The brow of a hill Intervened, shutting off sight of the blackguard aa he knelt and lit a match. It was the girl who gave the alarm, suddenly withdrawing ber bead from th window to scream at Alan: "He's flred the gasoline! Ifs flnmlng along the street, following the line of th leak and catching up with us!" Without panslng to put his hand to th latch, Alan kicked the door open. "Jump!" he cried. "For your life Jump! As soon as that flame catches np with the tank Simultaneously the chauffeur, overhearing, shut off the power. The three gained the sidewalk barely Ir time: th tiny trail of flames, almoBt Imperceptible in the sunlight, was not a yard from the Jet that spurted through the bullet hole In the tank. In the flutter of an eyelash, tbe explosion followed. Had th cab been loaded with nitroglycerin its destruc tion could hav been no more absolute. ! There was a roar . . , and then a heap of smoking ruins. Without waiting to admire the spectacle, Alan caught the arm of the girl and hurried her up th street at the same time calling to the chauffeur to follow. And chance brought them to the next cor ner as another cab, fareless, hove into view. Prom ising Its driver anything h might ask, in or out of reason, Aian gav him th address, and helped the gtrl in. If Marrophat pursued Alan could see no sign of him, Th second car mad better time than tho first Unhindered, and as far aa could be deter mined, without being followed, it covered the brief remaining distance la a gratefully abort laps of time. Th suburb dropped behind a maze of streets where dwellings stood shoulder to shoulder and dooryards were scant The car swept np to a cor- tier bouse of modest and homely aspect Two n?ln nte mora, and Alaa w exchanging salutations with and making bis brtd4o-b known to Dtgbri good friend, the Reverend Mr. Wright, Emberraaornent worked cotrfWoa with, tbe yocng man's perceptive faculties. As this) moment ap-fT?-04- to slKdberria piie wh.o hod gone through fire and flood, literally as well as figuratively, for each other's sake, Incredulity drew a veil before his vision. He viewed the world as in a glass, darkly. . And then he was aware of a door that banged violently In the hallway; of the sound of a man's voice making some indistinguishable demand; that Rose's hand waa suddenly whipped away, before he could fit on the ring; that the study door was flung open and that this animal of a Marrophat had precipitated himself into the room. He opened his month to protest and Marrophat v silenced him with a cry. "You fool! Drop that ling! Stop this -farce! Don't you know whom you're marrying? That woman Is Judith Trine, you Idiot not Rose!" Blankly Alan turned to the girl. Her flaming face, her sullen eyes, her very pose, from which the manner of Rose had dropped like a cast garment, confessed the truth of Marrophat's assertion. And as if this were not enough, Judith confessed It doubly with a sudden outbreak of such rage as never could have been brewed in Rose's gentle nature. "You devil!" she CTled and threw herself in front of Marrophat with a spring as lithe as that of a leopardess. "Take "warning now from me: keep out of my way forever after this or take the consequences! God knows," she panted, "why I don't kill you as you stand!" He was in her way, between ber and the open door. She gave blm no chance to move aside, but seized blm so fiercely by the wrists that he instinc tively lifted to protect himself, and she fairly . threw him half a doren feet from ber. He brought up with a crash against the wall even as th door slammed behind the girL 4 I Whn Alaa, th first to recover, gained the side walk, so was already In tbe taxlcab. Whatever reward ah bad promised the man, be whipped his machine away as if from th fear of sudden death. And darting from the house hard on the minis ter's heels, Marrophat leaped Into his own car and, as if he had not heard her threat or received sub stantial proof of her earnestness, tor oft la pur suit , ni AND THE ROSE. Taking the daxed young man by the hand, as though he had been a child, the Reverend Mr. Wright led Alan back to his study and established blm In a comfortable armchair beside his desk. "Sit there and compos yourself, my dear young friend," he insisted In a soothing voice. At the elbow of the Reverend Mr. Wright a telephone shrilled imperatively. With a gesture of professional patience he turned to the instrument, lifted the receiver to his ear, and spoke in musical ly modulated accents. "Yes. . . . Yes:' this is Mr. Wright . . .' Ah. yes, Mr. Dlgby. . . Not coming? But. my dear sir, Mr. Law Is already here. I must tell you " He checked with a reproving glance for Alaa, who was twitching his sleeve Insistently. "If you please." Alan begged, "let me spesk to Dlgby at once. Forgive me" Reluctantly the minister surrendered th tele phone. "That yon. Dlgby V "Alan! Bless my soul, what are you doing over there? Is Miss Trine with you? But bow can that be posalbJer "Rose? No. What about herr Alan demanded, stsmmerlng with anxiety. "Why one of my spies has Just reported by tele phone. He was going on duty this morning when b saw a young woman either Rose or Judith wearing a rough coat over boudoir dress elimb out of one of the basement windows of Trlne's house. She was apparently la great distress of mind and anxious to escap without being seen from the bouse; but befor my man whose post of observa tion is in the third story of on of tbe houses op posite could get to th street she bad been caught by several rough-looking customers, who rushed out of Trtna's boose, seised th girl, and mad off with ber In motor-car bearing a New Jersey, license number. I am sending men to watch the) Jersey ferries. Call me up in an hour" Without a word of response, and without a word of apology to the Reverend Mr. Wright. Alaa dropped the receiver, snatched up his hat, and fled that house like a man demented. Rose, escaping from Trlne's house, overpowered and made the captive of Trlne's lowest creatures gunmen possibly, of the stamp of that animal whom Trine had charged with the assassination of Alan the night before! There was neither a motor-car in sight for him to charter nor any time to waste in seeking one. Alan could only hope to find one on his way back toward the ferry. It must have been upwards of an hour before he came Into a street which he recognized, by Its dinginess and squalor, as that In which be had thrown Marrophat from the running-board of the taxicah. And then, as he paused, breathless and footsore, to cast about him for the way to the ferry, a tour ing car turned a corner at top speed and slowed to a stop before that selfsame tenement of the un savory aspect to whose sidewalk he bad seen Marrophat assisted by the loafers of the quarter. t And this touring car was occupied by some half-a-dozen ruffians in whose hands a young girl writhed and struggled when, immediately on the Btop. they Jumped out and wrestled her out with brutal lnconslderatlon. Like a shot Alan had crossed tbe street but only to bring up nose to the panels of the tenement door, and to find himself seized and thrown roughly aside by a burly denizen when he grasped the knob and made as if to follow in. "Keep back, young feller!" his assailant warned him viciously. "Keep outa this, now, if you don't want to get into trouble." To the speaker's side another ranged, eyeing Alan with a formidable scowl. At discretion he stepped back and turned as if persuaded to mind his own business, then swung on his heel, caught the two In the very act of opening the door, and threw himself between them. An elbow planted heavily in the pit of the stom ach of one disposed of him for the time being. A blaw from the shoulder sent the other reeling to the gutter. And Alan was In tfie tenement's lowermost hall a foul and evll-odored place, dark as a pit the Instant the door was closed. Its murk relieved only by the flame of a kerosene lamp smok ing in a bracket near the foot of the btalrs. Sounds of scuffling of feet were audible on tbe first landing. Alan addressed himself Impetuously to the staircase, gaining its top in half a dozen leaps, and only in time to see a door slammed at the forward end of the hall and hear a key turned in Its lock. A cluster of men blocked his way. He dldnt pause to wait for It to be cleared, but threw him self headlong into their midst, and by dint of tho Eurprlsa had gained the closed door before they re covered and sought to stay him. Indifferent to them all, he shook the knob and shouted: "Rose! Rose!" Her cry camo back to blm, a muffled scream: Alan! Help! Help!" Backing away with a mad Idea of throwing him self bodily against tbe door and breaking It down, he was suddenly confronted by a hideous mask of humanity face of man all mlsshapened, bruised and swollen and disfigured with smears of dried blood and a dirty bandage round his templeB, but none the less vaguely recognizable. The words that streamed from its distorted lips drove recognition home. "Gee, fellers, look't who's here! If it ain't th guy what threw me off'n that girder this mornln. Stand back and let me kill th' " Without the hesitation of a heartbeat Alan swung heavily for the thug's Jaw. The blow went solidly home. The man fell like a poled ox. Pandemonium ensued. Rallying to their comrade, th ruffians attacked Alan with one mind and on Intent. Murder would have been done then and there had It not been for a rotten banlster-raTL which gave way, precipitating the lot to the ground floor of tbe hallway. Simultaneously the lamp on the wall was struck from Its bracket and crashed to the floor, its glass well breaking and loosing a flood of kerosene to receive the burning wick. The explosion followed instantly. In a trice the hallway was a lake of burning oil, and hungry flames were licking np th rotting wallpaper and eating Into decayed base boards and stair-treads. Still fighting like a madman, contesting every foot of the way, Alan was borne down the ball and out of the front door. A scream of "Fire!" greeted him as be reeled out Into the open. It was echoed by a dozen throats. He looked up, dashing from his smarting eyes tears drawn by the stifling clouds of smoke, and saw vaguely at the second story window a woman leaning out and shrieking for help. That it was hopeless to attempt the Btalrcase be well knew. Drawing aside, he endeavored to come to his sober senses, and cast about for some more feasible way to effect the rescue of his Rose. The tenement occupied one corner of a narrow street. ' Directly opposite, a storage warehouse stood upon the other corner. Before this last was the common landing stage for truck deliveries, pro tected by a shed-roof. And, suspended from a tlm ber that peered out over the eaves, a hoisting tackle dragged the ground with Its ropes. It was the work of a minute to convince a thick, headed policeman that the attempt was feasible and should be permitted. It was the work of less than another minute to rig a loop in the line and fasten round his body beneath the arms. Volun teers did not lack: a couple of husky longshoremen sprang to the ropes at his first call. They heaved with a will. His feet left the ground, he soared, he caught the eaves of the shed-roof, and shouting to ceasa hauling, drew himself up on this last backed a little ways down it and calculating bis di rection nicely, with a running Jump launched hlnv self out over the street. The momentum of his leap carried him well out over the heads of the throng assembled In th street and truly toward that window where Ros awful Instant he believed that he had failed. But with the last expiring ounce of Impetus, he was brought within grasping distance of the window Hauling himself up. he gathered her Into bis arms ... " A great tongue of tawny flam licked angrily out of th window as he swung her back to saftj, ilo be ontiauaiLi.