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T 1 fl.ounht rattn in Christianity understand a Cau cloak. you situply it?" "I think do." ! He took her hands, looked into bet Constance sank iao. a i v. as gon-down Into her chair and began tc By MARY R. P. MATCH it. silently. Bui 'here was joy iu hei Author of " The Bank Tragedy " lears, joy for herself and Vane, but sorrow for the one who had left her; l Copyright, lX't'J, liy l.re and .ho had gone out with the world .igain because he must. Waal would be the end of it all? CHAPTER XXIII. Continued. now you thrust me back into bell,' he She arose, and with compressed "Your question Is h si range one, said, with terrible significance. lips hid the closely written sheets in from you to me. If she were my wife, The womanly, element pitying drawer, and she did not read nothing should drag her from me. awol.e iu her soul now for the first her I hem for two weeks instead of one Bui if she were not my wife, no hop time. She approached him and laid Meanwhile, Mr. Carter was alone in nor her beauty, should allure me. her soft hand on his arm. 'he great home, with Tilly only for Your question has made me doubt, "Victor," she said. "Brother Victor, The man known as Pri company I and will open my heart to you. as I can love you. I do love you as a mus Edes was in prison, but with never have to mortal before. I loved brother. I forgive you what you have that won:an profoundly once. It was ('.one. everything, if ou will now f?t comfortable surroundings and cheeralter she donned black for her hus- mr tiers right. You have done wrong, ed by a message from Constancf couched in four words. "Courage! band. I had always derived inspirabut we will forget all that and love T.iere is hope!" while she was s till tion from her presence at church; vou. Vane and I." with Mrs. Fry. but when he failed to return, I allow to For the moment she ceased No one wondered at the absence oi ed my heart to lead my hopes along. think him a forger, a perjurer. She Mr. Hamilton, not even the minis'er You think, perhaps, that I am iniorgot everything in her pity. no one had the least suspicion and of love such as you feel, but capable "How could you do it, Victor?" was that he would never return no one 1 tell you no one can understand her next womanly cry. but Constance. what I suffered in wrenching this love at saw cower him and She shrink from my heart when you came here. her words, and she said, soothinglv. CHAPTER XXIV. But I did it. You can do it, if it is "Tell me, tell Sister Constance, about a sin to cherish It." it. Victor." The Confession. Mr. HammeMy arose to depart, and There was almost divine pity iu T am the twin brother of Vane Hani the two stood u moment, face to face. her voice. Her wrath was all gone ilton. and when an infant I was stolen Then each reached forth his hand. when she saw him dejected and peniSolomon Marks and his mother in by "Good night," "Good night," they said tent before her. He had not confessthe hopes of receiving a heavy ranand parted. ed. There was no need. She knew as my father was a very wealthy som, "No use, no use," said the minister. he had dropped all disguise before But there was "I laid bare my heart for nothing. She her and would never seek to deceive iran at that time. raised such a hue and cry that Marks must be mistaken." her again. did not dare approach the offers of Mr. Carter came into the library "Will you not tell me," she said I was hidden away fot restoration. end found Mr. Hamilton in deep r:gain, "how it all happened?" and then months, my father had fail A new light struggled into his face. thought, evidently, for he did not in business and my abductors frit, ri look up. am not 'I all he said. "Constance," T think I will go to bed. Vane," he bad. I am indeed Vane's brother, and that the hope of reward would scarcely balance the fear of being brought I said. long ago knew of his search for roe. to was kept conjustice. Therefore I I "All right, I will a but am a close up the bank defaulter, forger, to grow up among cealed and allowed house," was the reply, and soon Mr. im not a murderer." i heir evil associates in the midst of barter was asleep and dreaming. Constance drew back. She had if not in squalor and criminals, One of his dreams he recollected in excitein the about Ienora wretchedness. the morning as a little curious. It ment of the interview. Now the dreadMarks and his mother were uniwas of Vane going by his door, light ful charge came back with terrifying in hand, all dressed in fine black and force, and she could not prevent tht formly kind ta me, and as I grew up, Marks thought he saw in me means gleaming linen, tall, fair, and grand, .epellant movement. of gain to himself, for he fancied handsome as a prince. And so he is But No. as heaven my witness. went on, down the stairs, and Mr. Car- cf what use are vows in one like me. had talents which might be made useter went on dreaming, but nothing Here are my written words. They ful. Accordingly I was sent to a good school, where. I remained until I was I wrote will tell you all everything. quite so realistic as that. But it was not a dream. Mr. Hamit long ago, for I meant to give it to fourteen, when I returned to Marks, ilton did pass down the stairs and out Vane; only your beauty kept me in who had a partner at this time named The door, dressed with care to look suite of my will to go. I came here Soule. No doubt they were engaged his best, and he was exceedingly to give you this paper for in nefarious undertakings, but I did it until I handsome. that, and nothing else; but you see I rot know anything about Then I was invested He saw a light at Mrs. Fry's, and be was led out of my resolve when I was sixteen. with some of the secrets of the gang of which Marks and Soule were the leaders. I do. not recollect that I shrank from their enterprises, which were chiefly such as required great skill and ingenuity not actual robberies, schemes of lest, pro-- i bur, dishonest ounced nature. Marks had an office and organized a peculiar kind of He sent out letters to business. busines men informing them that on such date their buildings would be to consumed by fire, professing know through the medium of clairvoyance that such attempts were At first no notice was meditated. but taken of the communications, after several warnings were followed the by the predicted conflagration, matter began to be inquired into and rhe police interested themselves in Marks was taken intc the matter. custody, but he appeared innocent ol any criminal knowledge, laying it all Lo a peculiar gift by which he could tell when such fires were meditated; that was all, and he was released wretch is my husband, and you are Afterward a new feature was added "Nevertheless, that sickly, not." 'o these communications. Marks pro fessed to receive impressions that it saw Mrs. to see Will you went there and asked you promise me one such sums as he stated were sent to Hamilton. thing?" a given address no fire would take "Please say I want to see her alone, "I think so. Let me hear your re- place. The sums were not large, and ard on important business," he said, quest." If all went well. If not paid "if she is still up." "Let this interview be secret and ;he paid, buildings were burned. "Yes, she's up. She don't sleep do not read this paper until a week (To be continued.) Mrs. Fry, has passed." no great nowadays, said beWhat could she do? She was a One throwing an accusing look at him Passenger Would Have to Go. weak, loving woman, whose sympafore she left to deliver her errand. John McCarthy, a husky, well-buil- t thies outweighed her sense of jus"Walk this way," she said, returna conductor on the Newton was man, ing in a few minutes. "She says she tice. She had in mind the Savior's (Mass.) electric railway. One day to conducted one words Mrs. who had and broken the while will see you." Fry running from Newton to Wal-"Neither do I condemn thee. him to the sitting room, which had law: he was very busy collecting ham Go, and sin no more," and she said, been given up to Mrs. Hamilton's fares, and by chance happened to ring was and chilly, gravely eanrnestly: occupancy. The night In only seventeen fares when there "I promise not to read it till a and a light gleamed from the open were eighteen people on the car. grate of the little stove upon the lap week has passed. Would you like to A man who was looking at. the cash and white hands of Constance as she see Clare and Perley?" as John was ringing up the register "Yes, if I may." sat before it. But her face was in fares looked through the car and the of Without, speaking she led the way counted the shadow, out of the range As John eighteen people. She did not to the room where lay Clare in her to the rear of the car this lamp, feebly burning. was going look up when he entered, and he own bed and Perley in his crib, picman said: "Haven't you made a mis.strode to her side and gazed down at tures of childish grace and Innocence. take? There are eighteen people on "1 was once like that," he said, her before speaking. Then he said, and you have only rung up car. this bending over and kissing them tender-ly- . seventeen fares." almost with fierceness: "Clare loved me from the first," "Look at me, Constance." John paused a moment, surprised, he said. "What can you tell her?" She raised her eyes and let them and the other man asked: "What are "I shall tell her that you were her fink again. Then, as if wishing not you going to do?" Is older The conductor looked up and down to anger him, she said, "Will you Uncle Victor, and when she she will understand, perhaps." the car, then replied: "One of them be seated? I think you wished to see "How changed you are, Constance! will have to get off." me on business." Once so repellant. now so forgiving." on was It I did. "I did, Constance, "It was because you were trying to "Unto the Third and the Fourth." lhe business of my utter happiness deceive me. I almost hated you at me to at look to I asked Helen was in the habit of saying her or misery. times for that, but now it is different. see whether you could doubt me. Am You are changed." evening prayers at her grandmother's I not the exact Image of the man you knee, but as she heartily disliked go "Yes, I ahi changed; but I scarcely ing to bed, the sumomns to prayer married?" (now what has changed me, unless was not a very welcome one. "Yes," she uttered faintly. it was the ring my mother left me. huslike more At first she contented herself with look your I not "Do the childark-haire-d my different surroundings, the Creator's blessing upon invoking band than the sickly, dren, your womanly influence. Per- the Immediate family, but with wretch in prison? Tell me that." It was all combined, and persians In wisdom she conceived the "You do. Nevertheless that sickly, wretch is my husband, haps I am not naturally bad." idea of postponing her bedtime by "That is it." said Constance, oager-iy- : lengthening her prayers. and you are not," said Constance, "and you will go away where you The lengthening began process rising to her feet and confronting cr.n liTe a good, honorable life, will with the aunts, une'es and cousins him with blazing eyes and checks. : ou not?" me then the intimate friends of the famll' "O, Constance, don't look at "Is It not too late for that?" were honered. and finally she extended like that I How can you. when you "It Is never too late never. Way, her petitions to Include the neighbor. know 1 love you so? Have you no ou have only to ull back the ImOne e vening when she reached the iovo for me?" of your nntur Inherited from very end of her list she said: "God pulses she said, pitilessly. note." "No, Yon are not nat-i- . bless Mrs Brown, God bless Mr She turned away and there was your good parents rally depraved, like some." Crandma, have they got a silence between them. Win n she think I should like to be dog?" Llpplncott's MagntiM. "No: next looke.' up she met a fare so Evil has no attraction for me. kpod. her. It Ore startled changed that I was nurtur-- i I knew no better Dear sir, It I Just as bad to say was such a Inst, despairing loo!; In But - ht 'I talents whi I'mi My .icrwo with others ai Ih'nes upon wlrkednqgs. hollow was It, and bis voice did it S to eat things that disagree with were coined Into evil dermis. spoke. I had no yourMlt "Yon have showed me heaven, and act believe in honesty THE MISSING MAN DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES ISSUED . Seventy-Eight- ference Christ Annual General Conthe Church of Jesus of Latter-dat'laints a Memorable one. of Mii-par- 1 n 1 dark-haire- i 1 1 PRESIDENCY 1 l dark-haire- 8! FIRST Salt Lake City. The chief feature of the opening session of the seven-- : annual general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which convened in this city on April 5, was the reading of the declaration of principles and its' approval by the thousands of members of the church present at the morning session; together with the address Of President Smith, which was largely in' the nature of a review of the work of the church during the year. Addresses were also made by Apostles Hiram Smith, George A. Smith. 1). O. McKay and George F. Richards. Their addresses were devoted large-lto theological themes. The tabernacle wa crowded, at least 8,000 people being present. With the assertion that the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-daSaints are living better! lives than ever before, that they paid' more tithes during 1900 than In any other year in the history of the church, and that as a result the bonded indebtedness of the church has been wiped out. President Joseph F. Smith opened his address. President Smith denied the charges that have been made to the effect that the officials of the church have been diverting the tithes to their own personal use, by saying: "Not one general authority of the church draws a Jollar from the tithing fund for bis jwn use and profit." President Smith then proceeded to xplain where this money goes, saying: faster than he gets knowledge. Mormonism Is not destructive of the sanctity of the marriage relation. Marriage was not designed as merely an earthly union, but a union for eternity. The generations of people born and reared in Mormon homes will compare favorably in Christian virtues with any community iu this or any other country. The charge that the church aims at absolute domination in commercial affairs is untrue: it is true that the church claims the right to counsel and advise members in temporal as well as spiritual affairs. This has been done without exercise of arbitrary power and has resulted from wise counsels, persuasively given and willingly followed. It has been the policy of the church to foster home industries. Government by consent of the governed Is the rule of the church. The ecclesiastical government exists itself by the will of the people; elections are frequent anil members are at liberty to vote as they choose. The elective system operates by than rather popular acceptance through popular selection. Ail church officials are answerable to the church for their conduct Suon a government cannot be classed as a tyranny nor considered a menace to free institutions. The tithing system Is not an oppress sive tax. but a system of free will offerings. It is a voluntary offering for religious purposes and not a scheme of extortion for the enrichment of higher officials. Neither in mental attitude or in conduct has the church been disloyal to the government. The only conduct seemingly inconsistent with the profession of the Mormon people as loyal citizens is involved In controversies concerning The law against plural marriages. polygamy passed in 180? was conscientiously disregarded by latter-daSaints in their observance of a principal sanctioned by their religion, and as being contrary to the constitution. The supreme court decision did not obtain until 1878, and no attempt was made to enforce the law until six years later. Surely, this toleration binds the people of the United States to the exercise of patience and charity In dealing with this question. What the Mormon people did in disregard of the court decision was in the spirit of maintaining religious rights, and because the law developed a conflict between a duty to God and a duty to The Mormon people government. have now bowed in respectful submission to the laws enacted against plural marriage. The union of church and state, domination of the state by the church, ecclesiastical interference with the political freedom of citizens are contrary to the policy of the church. This doctrine is predicated upon the understanding that there shall be no Interference by the state with the church. Mormonism is in the world for the world's good. no y "I want to take you into a secret. In the past money belonging to the hurch has been used to help start d number of institutions, such as the Z. C. M. I., the sugar factories, and other enterprises. Every cent of the amount so invested has been returned to the church, the stock of all these concerns is now paying dividends and from these dividends the expenses of the general authorities of the church re paid. We are not using one cent of your tithing except for the purpose for which it was intended. When rou go home and hear some of the old charges about what is being done ftith the tithing fund, I want you to say that we are not using this fund for the purposes which they accuse us of; that the tithing fund is intact lnd we have a little to spare. And I would like to say to some of those who have charged us with misappropriation of this fund " 'Put that in your pipe and smoke it.' In referring to the general financial condition of the church the president said: "Today the ohurch does not owe one cent to anyone that it cannot pay. We do not want to borrow money and we do not have to borrow any. We expect to see the day in the near future when we will not have to ask you for one cent in donations that you don't wish to give with the freest kind of will, I hope to see the day while 1 yet live in the flesh." President Smith referred to the declaration of principles which had been formulated by the church authorities, and immediately after he had finished nis address the document was read by Apostle O. F. Whitney, and adopted by the members present, a rising vote being taken, the vote being unanimous. The document is quite a lengthy one, and we are unable to give it in full, but the following covers the pertinent points: Declaration of Principles. The principles and purposes of the church are widely misrepresented and seriously misunderstood The religion is founded on the revelations of God. It teaches pure Christianity and Its theology is based on the doctrines of the Redeemer. "If it be true Christianity to accept Jesus Christ as divine, to revere him as the Son of God through whom alone mankind can attain salvation, accept his teachings as a guide, to precomply with the requirements scribed by him as essential to membership in his church if this be Christianity, then we are Christians." The theology of our church is the theology taught by Jesus Christ, the theology of scripture and reason. Those who accept of Mormonism are among the best men and women of the nations from which they come virtuous and honest, industrious, reverent. They are opposed to vice and crime by instinct and training. There is nothing in Mormonlsm to attract the selfish or the vile. The Mormon people are not good, honest but misguided folks and their leaders the personification of all that Is bad. Priesthood and the people are inseparable and stand together. The charge that the church rellet on duplicity and shuns Investigation, Is contrary to reason and fact is the Enlightened investigation means by which the church seeks to promote belief In its principle The history of the church and the precepts of Its leaders ar" sufficient proof that the charge that Mormonlsm is opposed to education is false It tls impossible for a man to be saved in Ignorance. A man Is saved President's Policy Endorsed. Salt Lake City. An auditing com mlttee has examined Hie books of the Mormon church and ha clared th it the "accounting In the various do partmenta la properly done." thai "every dollar receie, has been correctly ent red and that the disbtn ments under tho imi of President Joseph P. Smith nave been economically and Judiciously made for the exclusive benefit of the various Interests of the church " Tr- managt ment of President Smith is heartily r-- Second Day's Session. Salt Lake City. At Saturday's sesconference sion of the seventy-eightof the Church of Jesus Christ, of latter-day Saints, Apostle Reed Smoot was the principal speaker of the day. Apostle Smoot made no referenco to his recent experiences In and with the federal senate further than to declare his belief that many persons who were convinced at one time that he should not retain his seat, now have acknowledged their error of judgment and are glad that the senator voted as they did. Apostle Smoot delivered an interesting address; one ol ihe features of his talk was the recital of a list of instructions which, he said, his mother had given to him, and which follows: Pray to God for guidance and blessing. "Faith In Take for your motto: honesty and industry." Inscribe in your homes this motto: "Luck is a fool; pluck Is a hero." Re careful from what source you take your advice. Rise above the envious and willful liars. Place your ambitions above the goal you Intend to reach. Remember that energy and determination are the levers that move the God. world. Don't drink, chew, smoke, swear, deceive, read trashy books or pay attention to vicious and lying newspapers. Be in earnest. Be Re generous. civil. Love truth and virtue. Ixive your country and pray for Its success. Re strong. Shun not the struggle. Stand up and speak out bravely In GodV name. John R. Winder, a member of the first presidency, siioke at some length Tim drirt of his remarks was that it were far better for the church to represent Itself than to bo misrepresented by others. Other speakers of the day were President Joseph P. Smith, Apostles Ileber J. Grant and Rudger flawson, II and Elders Rulon S. Wells, B. Roberts. J. W. McMurrin and Seymour GREAT CROWDS PRESENT. Trangs Gather in Z'on at Annual Conference. With three meetings, comprising anfive sessions, the seventy-eightnual general conference of the Church Saints of Jesus Christ of Latter-dacame to a close Sunday afternoon. Sunday's services in the taberuaclo were attended by numbers that found the vast auditorium Inadequate. President Joseph F. Smith invoked the blessing of the Divinity on the people of all the world, particularly those who dwell in Zion; he prayed that mercy be extended lo the enemies of the church. Anthon H. Lund, second counselor of the first presidency, dis cussed the subject of marriage and the growth of the Mormon people. Apostle Oron F. Whitney talked about the duty of the church membership in sustaining the authoriti s. wao, he declared, were appointed according to the will of God. Apostle Francis M Lyman urged the necessity of assign ing properly equipped men to the missionary field. Apostle .1. H. Smith spoke on the evil resulting from the indulgence in an excess of worldy pleasu res. Il is estimated by a man who took account of the number of Sunday's attendants in the tabernacle, assembly hall and outdoor meetings that there were 18,000 in attendance. y President Smith Asks Mercy for mies of the Church. Ene- Joseph F. Smith, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-da- y Saints, delivered a brief address ai the afternoon session of the conference on Sunday. President Smith's remarks were in the nature of an invocation of the divine blessing upon the people of all the world in general and those of the Mormon faith In President Smith said in particular. substance. "I pray that the blessing of God be upon the people of Zion. upon the officers of the church, upon the people of the world. pray that, the blessing of God be upon tlie presi dent of the United States, upon his cabinet and upon our brethren ami our sisters wherever they may be. I pray that the mercy of tJod be upon our enemies. It is my hope and our hope that these enemies will see tho errors of their ways and be led to repentance. The church does not wish them misfortune, nor the suffering of a penalty they will bring upon themselves the retribution which all must endure who transgress the laws of God and of man and who deal unfairly with and maliciously malign their neighbors. This retribution will be In extent as the degree of offense has been. The great judge will measure the punishment that is to be meted out to the enemies of his people." President Smith referred to no one specifically as bearing animosity toward the church, but. included all who criticise adversely its works, its creeds and dogmas under one head The speaker declared that the church was following the will of God Almighty as proclaimed by Jesus Christ, his son. President Smith, said that Zion was growing constantly and that presently there would be demand for more room. "We will not be confined by the restricting boundaries of a valley between two mountains, nor valleys between many mountains. Our people and our doctrines and our teachings are spreading and will, with the help of the Ixird, cover the whole 1 earth." Zion's People Increase. Roosevelt's President agitation race seems suicide to against have inspired Mormon fathers and mothers, for during 190(5 there wi re r.4 2 more births in the stakes of Zion than during the previous year. This fact was pointed out in an address by Counselor Anthon H. Lund of tho first presidency at the conference. El dor Lund gloried In the fact that the Mormon people are increasing their numbers and prayed that all of the children would be brought up in the faith and eventually become leaders of the hosts of Zion. Flour for Famine Sufferers. The Mormon church will send twenty tons of flour to the famine sufferers In China. This was decided up on at the conference Sunday forenoon. A resolution President authorizing Joseph F. Smith, trustee In trust for tlie church, to supply this donation, was Introduced by John R. Winder of the first presidency, and was second II ed by Elder Rrlgham Roberts. Twenty tons of flour, according to avoirdupois measurement of weight, means 40.000 pounds. the Divided, quantity Is 800 sacks of 50 pounds each. Women Sorry for Their Action. Salt Lake City. During the course of his address at the general confer once Senator Reed Smoot said: "I have met many of the leading women of the nation. They have asked me concerning my belief and the doctrines of the church. I have B. Young. talked to them and tried to tell them At the general conference the are. Many of what our of the present officers of the them have principles had told me that church was OODCUTMd In The audit- signed a petition against me,they but that exIt committee had ing reported that they had signed It under mlsapprc amined 'he accounts of the trustee In henslon. and that they would do all trust and found that the books were they could to undo Ihe wrong the kept in excellent form. had done. Believes In Seven-daReligion. SUSTAIN PRESENT AUTHORITIES. "Wo Invite an honest Investigation of our teachings, and If It Is made Leaders of the Mormon Church Se- both the Investigator and we will b lected by a Unanimous Vote. the gainers. Some of the thinking Salt Lake City. The conference on men of the country are deploring the Saturday unanimously 'sustained the fact that there nppears to be some of the church. pres' nl authorities In tho present day re President Smith read the names of thing wrong It seems to affect peo and that llglon. the appointments and asked those I who favored them to signify their pie's lives on Sunday only. would gflproval by raising the right hand not give a 'shuck' for any religion He thSB asked those who disapproved which Is nrit a seven-dareligion and of the selections to Indicate such tn docs not enter Into the evcry-dalife he their opinion, but no one raised of the man who claims to believe In his hand protect. In It."