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town on her knees went Constance at the thought, and she praved fer- vently to be set right, to bavi taken from her all that interfered with her husband's memory! But even while she prayed sweet strains seemed to By MARY R. P. HATCH importune her to listen, and the ail. o be haunting eyes of Primus Bdi Author of "The Bank Tragedy" looking into her very soul. The facts of Mrs. Hamilton - presand stiptrU 1'upyrigbt. !Ht2, lj ents to him had just become known in the neighborhood, and even ri ach ed to the ears A the Rev. Arthur CHAPTER IX Continued. experienced a faint uprising of curios- Hammerly, who had lately been ven to this time the lodger had ac- ity regarding the letter so close at Up to speculate how soon he might without questioning cepted these hand, and yet so far from any revela- turing with some Mrs. Hamilton approach changes as emanating from Mrs. Fry, tion to herself, unless Mrs. Fry had little attention whose gentle office it and had done many an odd job for made herself acquainted with its conmight be to fix her regard upon him her in return, but the coat puzzled tents. self. him. Taking it to her he said: She had. as her next wirds inHe heard of the strange Infatuation "I found it, but ii isn't mine. I formed her visitor. to exist in the mind of Mrs Hair, never had one like it." "I read it from beginnin' to end," said ilton for a humble workman at hei I if was "Well, you, I'd jest wear she said, calmly: "but, lor', it never Mr. Hammerly rememmill. uncle's it an' ask no questions." said Mrs was wrote to Edes in the world nevA man of downcast, him. bered as she a to child. would Fry, speaking er." brooding habit, quiet and orderly of But a look of decision flashed into "Why?" with nothing, it would the man's face. "Because it begun 'dear husband,' demeanor, but a wom"I can't wear it until I know where an' was signed "your lovin' wife,' an' seem, to attract the regard of Hamilton. an Constance like it comes from." he told me himself he never was marStay! Did he not resemble her hus"Oh, well, if you must know, Mrs. ried. So it stands to reason." band slightly? Certainly he did. Mr Mrs. Hamilton sent it over, it's Christmas, "What did she write?" asked could see it if nobody else Hammerly you know, or was last week, and she Hamilton, led on by her curiosity in did. If Mrs. Hamilton noticed him in thinks of of in them alone herself that's always spite was because of this. the world." "Oh. she was lonesome without him. any way it Mr. Hammerly called to Bee her With a sudden gleam of light in his an' wanted him to come home an' setleft her with a warmer eyes, the man left her and went into tle down, quiet like with her. Who- that day, and of hand than usual. Hut the pressure his room. It was Sabbath morning, ever 'twas wrote to. orter gone back and he never came out for hours. If to her. for you could see. plain as her thoughts were otherwise occupied and sue did not notice it. Mrs. Fry could have seen him with could be, she set her life by him." Constance Thus matters sfood. the coat on, sitting by his table pa"Ho you recollect the name signed twe a emotion; by strong to form it?" swayed the to letters after tiently trying "No. I don't. I've forgot it. Seem's men, by dreams of love and its fulfil Dan's copy, and again and again writing the word Constance, she would if 'twas I. or S it began with: jest, ment; a towering monument some times glistening 'neath the grudging have been puzzled. And the happy, one name it was." "L, you say. Was it Lenora?" for winter sunlight, but oftener merelj peaceful look on his face when he succeeded fairly well, would have puz- that name would live in her consciousgleaming purely, frostily white, with its full inscription now, Vane Hamilness she zled her, likewise, for Primus Edes forever, thought. " 'Twa'n't was not an imbecile in any sense. that, I'm pretty sure. ton, and ready for the cemetery when Mr. Swan had long ago learned that I've a good mind to open that letter. spring should open: a carping, prosaic Primus Edes came from a Western I will, if you say so." village, with buying and selling and "Oh, no; I have no right to it, any- eating and sleeping going on as it city, where for at least a month he had worked in a sash and blind fac- way, and I am ashamed of my curios- will to the end, while just outside its limits and that of the present an astory, that he bore a respectable char- ity." And so the letter went away, tounding event was walking straight acter, was deemed a little dull, though a good workman, and that a man freighted with a writing portentous in toward it in the person of a tall, handman who alighted, named Harrison Arkwright worked in meaning and possibilities, not alone some, the same factory at the same time, to Primus Edes, but to others, among unnoticed, from the train one afterbut was now gone away, so it was them the stately lady whose hand had noon in February. He was passing by the marble esimpossible to learn whether he was touched that very packet. the person who had owned the artablishment of Lisle & Allen when Mr. CHAPTER X. ticles of clothing marked H. A. or not. Allen was in the act of courteously Swan learned to his satisfaction opening the door for a lady to paijs The Cashier's Return. .that Edes neither sent off nor received out, and saying: letters. Indeed, as appearances indiEight months had slipped away "I am glad it pleases you, Mrs. cated, Edes could not write a legible since the mysterious disappearance of Hamilton." letter if he tried. His education must Vane Hamilton, and in all that time "Yes, it pleases me very well," said have been terribly neglected, he once not one word of tidings as to his the lady, in a sweetly modulated received. voice. been had said to Mrs. Fry with an air of ex- - whereabouts The gentleman in the street had stopped and was staring past them both at the gleaming marble at which they were looking. A curious, slightly humorous glance, followed by a graver one, came into his face as he nowoman. A slight ticed the black-clahesitation was manifest in his manner. He took a step forward and then halted. The marble cutter was Igffcv ing at him now curiously, and the lady's glance followed his for an instant. Then a shriek was wrung from her white lips and her voice rang out in the wild cry. "Vane Hamilton, my husband!" and she fell, or would have done so if Mr. Allen had not caught her and placed her in a large And still he stood there, though terribly moved, as could be plainly seen, until Mr. Allen, whose mind grasped the situation, said as quietly as he could. "Your wife has fainted. Mr Hamilton, for presume you are that gentleman." "I am:" but his eyes turned toward the name on the monument rather than to his wife's face. "Your wife thought by your long absence that you were dead, and this was to have been erected in the spring." explained Mr. Allen. "Yes. supposed so. My absence Staring past them both at the gleami ng marble. was unavoidable." replied Mr. Hamiltreme candor, and this remark she Grovedale, meanwhile, was busying ton briefly, and then he looked fully itself, as small active villages are apt at his wij for the first time since repeated to the detective. But he did not now ap"Oh, he's just what he seems, you to do, over a scandal of its own. And entering. Constance was the subject of it. proach her. may be sure of that." she said. (To be continued.) "Then you are willing to help prove Strange that the high-brereserved it, I suppose," said the wily detective. woman should give cause of it; but SAILORS' FAITH IN OMENS. she did. For her infatuation for the "Yes, I am." a find ever if scrap illiterate workman, known as Primus you "Well, then, Are Picturesque of writing, never so small, I want you Edes, was only too evident to any one Sea Superstitions and Many of Ancient Date. to send it to me. I will leave an ad- who chose to investigate the matter. Sailors' superstitions are usually She had not meant to succumb to dressed and stamped envelope." and Many of them are very he handed her an envelope prepared the strange fascination that Primus picturesque. of their beliefs are comold and many from the Edes first to seemed said. as he impress mon world over. To break a lookthe a be will it "I'll do as you say, but upon her faculties by his fancied reon shipboard means a shating glass see this to If semblance before her wrapper, time husband. you had long and after he tered compass. A sneeze invites misI guess," she answered, with a smile grown insensibly, sneeze to the right. at his folly. brought her boy back to her and ten- fortune unless you But strange to say the good woman derly carried him home, she felt, that The man at. the wheel under any flag can not steer was mistaken, for the day following gratitude could not be withheld any will tell you that he cross-eyepasstraight If there Is a Swan's departure Mrs. Hamilton longer. aboard. senger was see her. He never In to it intrusive: ailed indeed, Women are considered extremely was Constance herself who talked She found Mrs. Fry at work tnend-most, who was most to blame, it was unlucky on a warship or merchantthe lining to an old coat. said. He seemed, rather to avoid her. man and are supposed to bring squally 'You find me lo work. I've it weather and dangerous gales. Awaj ied an' threatened to take a day for she thought, and she reasoned e last month to mend up Edes' would do no harm lo be kind to him. back In the early '50s, it was custom for a captain in the navy to take ings. Why. his does is all off his So whenever she Went to Mrs. Fry's, ary or chanced to encounter him else- his wife and family with him on long ick. You never did see!" the women are where, she would invariably say a few voyages, but Mrs. Fry was given to exaggeration. home. at left An' to think." she said a moment words in a gentle, gracious way that e him seemed divine. St. Elmo's light are another source ter, "after all I said to that detec-t'.v- to She was a musician of more than of uneasiness to the sailor. They are feller, that I should find a letter the llnin' of the first coat I took to ordinary gifts, and when she chanced usually seen In the tropics and are to hear him playing one evening in probably due to electricity, but they ..nd." his room while she sat talking below certainly present a spectral sight on a "A letter!" Yes. crowded way Into the corner with Mrs. Fry, she was charmed into dark night at sea, when the little flames are the llnin'; went through the hole In forgetfulness of her errand by the globular, greenish-bluabove the and seen rare flickering melody. like.' floating most ,..e pocket, a bound I did not know he could at from play letter." "Why, jumping Is yardarms, the "Where like that?" she said, as the wonderful topsail yard to topgallant yard or dis"Over there on the table." appearing there. onr- to reappear on Constance glanced In the direction strains ceased. business-lookinmainmast. These the "Yes. of took he's truck nn' It's a the saw only lately Indicated, and It. up," said Mrs. Fry: "scl he says." phenomena precede a storm and beaddress, "Robert I). Swan." with come visible during a calm that Is "Is It possible!" said Constance. name and street number, which she As she took her way homeward the generally followed by a deluge of rain knew perfectly well. Turning it over passionate strains followed her until and an electrical display of unusual she observed that It was sealed. If want to." reached her own door, and she brilliancy. she it you can "You open knew that he must have opened his Originally known as Corpus Crlstl said Mrs. Fry, whose principles lights, the sailors have corrupted the accommodated themselves to window so that si e might hear him. Strange. Inexplicable man! Would name lo "corposants" and believe them Mrs. Hamilton's needs, satisfied that he have left her as Vane did with io be the souls of departed seamen thev could not go far wrong. But Mrs. Hamilton shrank from those mysterious journeys all unex- appearing to presage misfortune, uru hustil the loss of the ship It was for having a seal broken to a wrapper plained? Ah! but to doubt her now with the clods of suspicion morly a hard task to get a sailor Into and. besides, band the receiver, by provided "corposant" was weighting him down, with speculation the rigging while what right had she with the Hffl hp clouding his sainted memory! flicker iu,p aloft of Prfeu THE MISSING MAN -- light-haire- d d arm-chai- r. 1 1 to-da-y e s corre-pondenc- e NEWS SUMMARY Compromise on the ship subsidy bill seems to be in sight. The president's special message on Panama will be laid before congress December 17. The question of spelling undoubtedly will rec Ive attention at the hands af congress this week. The yellow fever situation in Cuba There is one case la is satisfactory. Havana and two In ihe interior. During the pa:'t week eight terrorists have been executed at Warsaw and eight others condemned to death A military raid on the Kakoff Iron works at Czenstoehova, Russia, resuited in breaking up an extensive rev olutionary organization. In an explosion of gas in the Baltimore mine of the Parriah Coal company, at Wilkesbarre. Pa., two men were killed and live others injured. Orders have been placed with the Nikolaeiff yards for the construction of four modern torpedo cruisers for the Black Sea fleet of Russia. Charles G. Washburn has been nominated by the Republicans to succeed ihe late Representative Rockwood Hoar, of Massachusetts, for the unexpired term. With the coming of the new state Of Oklahoma, it will require the of thirty-onlegislatures to secure from congress a call for a constitution convention. J. F. Culpper, former chief of police and widely known throughout the southwest, was shot and killed in e pistol duel with a negro named Brock at Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The Imperial budget, presented last week, adds $4,000 to the salary of the German Embassador at Washington owing to the increased cost of living at the American capital. A report made to congress by the governor of New Mexico shows that 26,195 voters in that territory favored joint statehood in the recent election, while 14,435 voted against it. , A letter received at Phoenix, Arizona, reports the stoning to death of an Apache squaw by tribesmen, one mile from Fort Apache. The natives charged her with being a witch. It Is reported that a side lead has been opened in the old Comstoek mine at Virginia City, Nevada, which bids fair to be richer than anything evei yet taken from that famous property Lulu Bridges, an girl, was and Los at lodged arrested Angeles in jail, charged with having accepted a bribe at Paris, Mo., for leaving the town to escape being called as a court witness. The Chicago Board of trade has decided by a vote of 566 to 277 to reduce grain commissions from 4c to V&c a bushel on orders filled for c to for outsiders and from members. The trial of Harry K. Thaw for the murder of Stanford White, the archi tect, will not begin until March or April of next year, unless District Attorney Jerome consents to rearrange his court calendar. It has been determined by the provisional governor of Cuba that Christmas gifts sent from the United States to officers, soldiers and American employees serving in Cuba shall be admitted free of duly. The Agricultural chamber of West Prussia has adopted a resolution empowering its executive committee to prepare to Import Chinese as farm laborers in order to relieve the present sarcity of such labor. As a result on the explosion of 14 boxes of blasting powder on the 21 level of the Quincy mine at Hughton Mich., two miners were killed, two seriously injured and a number overcome by the gas and smoke. A term of six years for the presi dent and the vice president of the United States Is proposed by Senator Cullom In a joint resolution introduced last week, providing for an amendment to the constitution. The biggest cavalry drill hall in the world is to be built at Fort Leavenworth, Kas. The quartermaster's department will soon ask for bids for the erection of the building, which will be 34"0 feet long by 140 feet wide O formal split has occured in the Polish Socialistic party at Warsaw A majority of the party has been formed Into a fighting organization while the minority has joined tho peaceful Socialists. The two divisions are now engaged in fighting each other with energy. Acting on rcHrts submitted by the interstate commerce commission, Attorney General Moody has directed that suits be brought against a large number of additional railroad companies for violation of the safety appliance law. Senator Kittredge has introduced a resolution desiring an Investigation by the department of commerce and labor Into the lumber trade of the country, to ascertain whether tin re Is In existence a trust or agreement among dealers LIFEBOAT ON pOLUTft CHEAP HOUSE OF PIANO rnvention BOXES They Can Easily Be Converted Into Serviceable Chicken House. How Piano boxes can easily be procured low cost and cheaply converted Into good houses for small flocks. The cut shows two styles of houses. Tht one at the right of the picture it made of two boxes set back to back Tho top and back of each are taken off and will give enough material to close in the ends and roof, also th6 floor. The top of one can be cut at a A RAFT. of Maryland Man Unique Combination. Is a In a wreck at sea when a storm Is raging lifeboats are often capsized by the tempestuous waves, and the occupants, who thought they were safe, are thrown into the water. In such cases the bottom of an overturned boat does not afford a very good hold for the hands. A Maryland inventor has solved the problem by making a combination lifeboat and raft. The latter is rectangu- - 4 ship-buildin- Piano Box Poultry House. down for a door and the houses should be set the distance apart of the width of the door, In the other end place tt window, or the same may be put ir the front. To make the house warmer cover with roofing paper. This makes, an ideal colony house for 10 hens, ot Individual brooder house, is Another plan of construct! shown at the left of the cut. This is a smaller bouse, built of one box. The front is removed and extended In height. For brooder house for small chicks the plan may be reversed, says the Farm and Home, aud the front of the house made the height of the back of the box. Two small nsh and a door complete the arrangement KEEPING OUT MITES. How the Poultry Raiser Can Keep His Hen House Clean. Supports Those Thrown from Boat. lar in shape and normally rests In the center of the boat as shown. The frame is constructed of a number of compartments and is open in the center. Suspended from the opening is a net and around the outer edges are rope handles, attached to cork floats. The sides of the raft serve as seats in the boat, and in event of the latter capsizing, it will float away from the boat, affording a means to those able to grasp It. By t using compartment! the raft will hold up several persons, and the net within affords a protection to stand within the raft. The rope handles are also easily grasped. When cast In the vicinity of drowning persons, it acts as a support until they can be rescued by the crew of the boat, who in the meantime may be engaged in the rescue of other air-tig- air-tigh- The successful poultry raiser has learned how to keep out mites. It may well be doubted if any successful poultry raiser can be found whose houses are teeming with mites. Among the ways of keeping off the mites are the following: LONG-LOSHave a house that is light and WATCH FOUND. large enough for the flock, and see to it that it is well ventilated. It Disappeared in War Times, Forty. Have the roosts, nests, dropping Five Years Ago. boards and all fixtures removable, so A gold watch lost by the Polk famthey can be cleaned perfectly, easily and often. ily many years ago was recovered Do not permit filth of any kind to recently in Sprlngfleid. Mo. The watch accumulate In this house, but make was owned by Dr. William J. Polk, an sure that it is cleaned often. uncle of James K. Polk, a former presThe advice given by some Is to ident of the United States. He lost treat the house once In two weeks to It during the war. lime and sula dusting with A Jeweler in Sprnigfleld, Mo., bought a gold watch recently from a stranger. phur. The boxes for the sitting hens The gold in it was worth $35 and that should be washed in kerosene or was the price the jeweler paid for It crude petroleum before being used Upon the Inside of the case was enin the hatching operations The straw graved: In such boxes should be burned after the hen Is through sitting. A legacy to : : Lastly, watch the entire poultry es : : Dr. William .1 Polk tablishment to make sure that mites : : from do not get a start. : Mrs. Sarah J. Polk. 1843. Hay for Poultry. : : From Dr. Polk The suggestion that hay makes a : : 1860. J. Allen to Polk, good winter food for poultry would have been ridiculed a few years ago A card in the back of the watch but experiments have proved that clover hay is now almost a necessary showed that It had been repaired by Thomas dowdy of Nashville, Ti'im. portion of a hen's cold weather diet. Clover hay for fowls should be cu' December, 1852. Under this card was very fine, not over half an Inch In a circular piece of white silk, which length, steamed and scalded and fed to one of a romantic turn voiced fonts once a day. A small quantity of corn tender sentiment of the past. A remarkable meal and bran sprinkled over the cui thing about this old timepiece is that it still hay will improve it. One reason clover and Is such an excellent food for hens Is runs. that it is rich in lime, a substance the The attention of Major Dorsey hens require In providing the shells Berry (who is one of the Polk family as called to for eggs. It Is about equal to corn on his mother's side) as a flesh producer and contains near the watch and he Immediately placed himself In Communication With Marly 30 times as much lime. It Is plentl fill on all farms and requires but little shal Mayes of Nashville. Tenn. In time In preparation. After the green reply he received a letter from a difood is gone It will keep the hens In rect descendant of Dr William J. laying condition and Increase the pro- Polk, expressing his appreciation of duction of eggs. his kindness and marveling over the strange recovery of the watch. Its Poultry and Bee Notes. had always been a mysin handling poultry disappearance the Carelessness supposition was that though tery, In flock a shor' It had been stolen will ruin the finest during the war. time. In the letter was a check covering the Nitrogen may be the costliest or the jeweler's price and a request that hs cheapest element of fertility, as you express It. to a granddaughter of Dr. like it C. B. T. William J. Polk, which was compiler! Paint the poultry house and have It with - Kansas City Star. an addition to the looks of the farm rather than something that detracte TREE IN STRANG! SHAPE. from the appearances. Scratchlvlty is a virtue to be en couraged in the hen because upon it largely depends layily, ami that is what most of us want. If a cellar stands too near the freez ing point for the bees, bring the tern perature up by making the cellar closer; but there will bo belter ventilation and better air by bringing the temperature up at such times by means of as mall tire. well-wor- Our Domestic Turkey. While there are differences of opinion regarding the origin of our domestic turkey, It Is cur. ntly believed that It came directly from the wild turkey of the I'nlied Sia'es and Canada. One wilier expresses the opinion that the Original variety Imported Into England In 1520 came from a variety that formerly existed In the West Indli and was afterwards exterminated by the natives. This is guesswork. There BO good reason for goiH apparently ing out of the way to hunt for any other origin than thai currently ac cepted. What Is known as the domestic tuikvy crosses freely with the wild variety, thus establishing a close relationship as having existed In the paBt. The illustration Is a picture of a peculiarly shaped tree near Ridge-town- , Ont. Some accident to the sapling has resulted In the peculiar formation of the (rank. Saved by a Celluloid Collar. Col. W. B. Wicker was sporting ft sore Adam's apple a lew days ago." Enterprise. says the Mulhall. okla "He had loaded a calf Into a wagon, , whereupon the calf kicked out and cawtht Hill In the neck with what came near being a knockout blow. A heavy celluloid collar no doubt did much to deaden Ihe blow The collar was torn oil of the buttons."