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!8y) MARGIN BARBER, , "A Speck of Diamond Duat Could Not Have Escaped Us." SYNOPSIS. The story npena with a ecraam from Ixirothy March In the 0 ers box vt Mm. Mlaaloner, a waalthy widow It la oc-raalnnaj oc-raalnnaj whan Mn. Mlxnlonar'a m-c klaca braaka. scattarlns; the diamonds nil over tha floor. Curtis Orlawold ami Hrualon Hun. In. society men In love with Mra. Mta-aloner, Mta-aloner, (talhtr iii tha Kama, (irlawi.lil slaps on what la euppoeeti to tia tha ccle-bralad ccle-bralad Maharanaa ami rruahes It A Hindoo Hin-doo dmlttrea It waa not tha K-nulna. An upert latar pnmounraa all tha stones eul.atltutaa fur tha original. I letecllvee lonn!ly anil t'araon InveatlKate. They deride that tha theft of tha original I'm" waa arcompllahed by aoma una In the houea. Mlaa KUnor Holi-omh, confidential companion of Mra. Mlaatunar. la aua-pected. aua-pected. Una of tha nilalnK dlnmonila la found In bar room. Mra. Mlaaloner pro-taala pro-taala that Kllnor la Innurent, but aha la takuii to prlaon, Muanljuie, In an uptown up-town manVnn. two fflndoos, who ara In Amerlra to recover tha Maharanee, dla-eue dla-eue tha arra.it. I (elective Hrlts takaa up tha raaa Ha avldantly bellevee KUnor Innocent In-nocent and aaka tha co-operation of It. Uwrtnra Fltrh, har fiance, In runnlnaT down tha raal rrlmlnal Ha advlaaa F.Mnor not to eeek ball. Ilrlll tnveatlataa affaire at tha Mlaaloner home. Ila laarna that Mra. Mlaaloner had tha dlamonda In Parle with har. I'arla police Inform him that 0 up Ileal a of tha alonaa wara made thare on tha ordar of Kllnor Holcomb. Hrltl Intarvtawa Mlaa March and laarna who of har frlanda ran draw. Orlawold ahowa aoma proficiency aa an artlat. While walking. walk-ing. Hrlts la aalied and thrown Into an automobile. Ila la bound and druKkd by hla Hindoo captors. ) CHAPTER XII. The Empty Apartment. When Hrltt groped hla way out of the soundest sleep he bad known In many a year, It waa In absolute Ignorance Ig-norance of his whereabouts. He gasped desperately apteral times before be-fore he returned to anything like bis normal breathing. Mingled with the peculiar taste of the smothering dark waa a faint odor nnllke anything In the headquarters man's experience It had a ierslstence all Its own, and when he tried to persuade himself his sensory nerves had played a trick upon him, It wreathed Into hla nostrils with unmistakable Individuality. Hrltt needed no effort to rlso to tell blrn he still was bound hand and foot, and In the first Instant of his full awakening he realized the silken gag still held his speech In thrall. He bit the ball of allk savagely, and strained his tongue until tbe roots ached In endeavors en-deavors to force the gag out of his mouth. As well might be, helpless as to hand and feet aa he waa, have tried to shake off a gorilla's grip at bis throat. Yet the seeming bopeless-.. bopeless-.. peas of bis plight did not disturb hlru greatly. He had been In worse places. V It was a question of patience, perse- verance and pluck, and when It came I to virile qualities, tbe famous Central C office man waa abundantly and alllt- eratlvely equipped. V He tented his bonds gently at first, S " then vigorously, then with all hla f strength. X le was not a Sandow, but he had " abundance of pliant and serviceable strength. After many minutes passed In rain efforts to free himself, he relaxed re-laxed his body and limbs for a short but complete rest, meanwhile bending hla mind to tbe task of determining where he was. Tbe result of hi mental men-tal endeavor waa aa fruitless as tbe other. All he knew at the end of It waa that he lay on a bare floor In a room which, from the aound of bis beds on the boards, be judged was small. That thought auggested to him a means of summoning help other than vocal. He legan drumming on the boards with his heels. It was tiring work, for his anklea were held so close that, with hla feet beating In alternation, he could not make much noise. To make a sound likely to carry far, he bad to raise and lower his heels together to-gether an achievement that sou mis easy until one baa tried doing It many times. With all bis endurance he could not keep It up for many mlnu-utes mlnu-utes at a stretch. In the Intervals he strained bis hearing for a response. None came. Hrltt rolled over on his face. As ols hands were tied behind his back, bis chin rested on the floor, and he had little leverage by which to lift himself. Several times he tried to rise to bis knees, only to slip and bruise his fare on the hard floor. Those mishaps were painful, but not diseoursglng to a man of Hrltt' resoluteness. reso-luteness. Again and again he made the, attempt; again and again be failed, , but at las, with a mighty heave that left htru panting, he ralaed himself tyy a catapult movement and sat lark on bis beels, waiting to cat cV tils' breath. It" waa harder task to get on bis feet'1 lie) de!d not do It In the middle of the' Slowly, carefully, he worked hla way on hla knees to tbe w all. jujatoat, which he braced himself. 1 hB, Ut,ljf bit, be bent bis feet forward for-ward in a demilune until his weight wu on knees and toes. His progress as gainful as It waa slow, for the irk scarf compelled bla anklea to bend In nnlaon, if 'At all. and even whea h bad bent bla toes to the requisite polLt It was a great strain to keep Lbem -there. - . TU detective, after a brief pause to gather bis strength, set .his shoulder shoul-der against the wall and threw all hla f-rr Into a single,' Vigorous push. The movement almost threw 'him to the floor agum.'bot be recWtrxl bla polae quickly and stood , y0r a few momenta hw we erm(e-rt to revel la Ah Mlaaabioo that ! -ti !. c- br:(a) w-h-mj V c arter bis long continuance In a cramped and prostrate position. Then a second's forgetfulness, natural enough to one accustomed to hia freedom free-dom of movement, almost undid the work of the last half hour. He tried to step away from the wall, oblivious to tbe scarf that bound hla ankles, and pitched forward heavily. He did not fall to the floor, however, for something sharp and hard stopped Mm. He found himself wedged between be-tween a metallic framework and the wall. A venomous hiss and the contact con-tact of his bound hands with hot metal told him he had fallen on a stuam radiator, and as the hitting sound Increased be guessed tbe shock had broken the little safety valve cloee to the top of the curved pipes. If the detective's position bad IxH-n perilous before it waa eitra hazardous hazard-ous now. He waa gripped In the Jaws formed by the radiator and the wail, and neither hands nor feet at liberty, It itemed next to Impossible for him to free himself. He kicked and struggled strug-gled furiously, the hiss of tbe steam constantly growing louder, and in his endeavor to escape, be bent forward for-ward until hla face was scalded by the rushing steam. Tbe pain of that mishap mis-hap aided him, however, for the Involuntary In-voluntary recoil It caused culminated in a final effort that loosed tbe grip in which be waa held and aent him staggering In a series of two-footed hops along the wall. Ilracing bis shoulder once more . '.gainst the wail, Dritz began another series of vigorous attempt to break i the silken scarves, or to slip out of ( them. Exerting all his strength, he i strained alternately at wrist and ankles, and ground between his teeth the little ball of silk that blocked bis voice. Hut it was all to no purpose. His captors knew their tnule, and the clinging bonds, while yielding, did not : give at any point sufficiently to set the sleuth at liberty. Suddenly a thought, i swift and keep as a saber fltmh, clove Its way straight through bis perplex- , Ity. That which Imperiled bis life should give him liberty. He sidled i along the wait until he stood beside i the radiator at the end away from the ( safety valve. Pressing against the , edge of the metal the scarf that held hla handa, he began swinging blmself from side to side. The corrugated edge of the ornamental Ironwork served as a saw, and although more than once the man gasped as clouds of steam whirled about his head, In fewer minutes than would seem probable prob-able the metallic edge gnawed Its way through tbe allk, and tbe kerchief parted with abruptness that sent 1 Hrltt reeling back agnlntit the wall ' and crashing headlong to the floor. His hands were free! And as that welcome realization followed the jarring jar-ring Impact of his head against an angle of the baseboard, Lieutenant Iirltz laughed softly aa wlih busy Angers An-gers he loosed tbe scarf about his ankles, snatched tbe gag from his mouth, and, with a single shake of his shoulders that rippled the kinks out of hla cramped muscles, .strode to the window and flung up the sajih. One deep Intake of good, cold air, then half ! a dozen more, and he felt as fit as if be had not been close to a distressing and altogether Ignominious end. He gripped the sill and leaned far out, looking first downward, then all around In quest of a landmark. There 1 were not many light on that side of the building, but a faint gleam In tbe depths enabled him to judge that he 1 waa about at the tenth story, and that 1 the building was In an unfrequented 1 uptown street. Withdrawing his head 1 he pressed the button of a pocket electric elec-tric torch and explored the room. Prom the style of Its finish It evident- I ly waa a section of an unoccupied i apartment In a new and rather pre- 1 tentlous building, a room planned to I be cut off from the rest of the suite, i for It seemed to give directly on the i hall and was separated from Its neighbor neigh-bor by a fireproof door of massive steel. He seized the handle. It i turned readily, but tbe door did not i open. Tbe same was true of the door I between tbe room and the hall, lie I shook both doors with all bis i sitength. but they bad been locked 1 too stoutly to yield. It was apparent i the kidnappers bad made him a prls- oner In full knowledge? of the unlike- i 1 1 hood he would be released speedily, i That they had plotted bl death was I not certain, but It wa unmistakable i they had given themselves little. If any, concern In that respect. Hrltt thought of tbe possibilities of fire a i he had lain bound on the floor, and an I unpleasant sensation passed over i him; but be hastened back to tbe i window and examined the outside of the building with a view to escape in i that direction. He did not expect to i overtake hi abductor quickly, nor was he even of a mind to devote the bulk of hi time to that purpose. Hut he regarded the capture of bis recent i captors aa an Important side enter- I prise to tbe solution of tbe great dla- I mond mystery, and habit made him ! eager to begin working w ithout delay, i There waa a fir escape on the floor i whence be looked out a thoroughly modern contrivance with flat steps, I and a realty errlcable handrail but ' it did not ran to tha window at which i be stood. However, Brits bad more i thaa one attribute of Cm lyax, and tt 1 "Well, you see. Swaml," said Hrltt, "everything pertaining to that Illustrious Illus-trious land of yours Is of Interest to Americans; your religion, your politics, poli-tics, your customs, your women, your jewels, your boundless wealth. Everything Every-thing you can tell me about India la aure to Interest our readers." "If I am to tell you everything about India." said the Swaml, "we may as well make ourselves comfortable." comfort-able." He signed to All again, and, rising with much dignity, he placed a chair at the disposal of his visitor. "The East la a pretty big subject," said the Swaml, and then he spent many minutes sketching Oriental ways and thought for the entertainment entertain-ment of his visitor. To follow him would be to recapitulate the history of Hlndostan from centuries before the Hrltlsh Invasion. When he hnd flnlHhed, Hrltt knew enough about India In-dia to fill the pages of all the Sunday papers of New York; but this was not what the detective wanted. "Your women evidently lead a pretty pret-ty secluded life," he said, "but I suppose sup-pose they have their compensations their music, embroidery, delicacies, gems by the way, Swaml, Jewels figure fig-ure largely In your religion, don't they?" The same Inscrutable gleam again flickered In the eye of the scholar. "It would be difficult to make you understand in what way they do," he answered. "In the ordinary commercial commer-cial sense, they do not. We of India care less for the intrinsic value of the bsautlful Jewels which you of the West characterize a precious stones. They are precious to us, but In a different dif-ferent way. We love them for their loveliness not merely for their brilliance bril-liance and cost. To us, there Is a world of metaphysical meaning In the lambent glow of a ruby, or the Imprisoned Im-prisoned rainbow of a diamond. An emerald to us la the spirit of the sea the spirit of the water Itself; Just aa the pearl suggest that other world on the floor of the deep. Jewels, aa we see them, are the crystallized expression ex-pression of divine emotions. Diamonds are the tears of Iluddha pearls so many drops of wisdom from his Hps, and sapphires the heavenly aspirations aspira-tions of his thoughts. What to the Occident means profit, to us mean poetry." , "Some of your Jewels are, I dare say, a great deal more Important than others; for example, the Kohinoor. Has that no larger value than the ordinary or-dinary stone In your eyes?" "Only so far as It Is connected with the traditions of our faith," said the Swaml. "Diamonds there are In India, In-dia, one hundred of which would not make a Kohinoor, yet each a thousand thou-sand times more precious to true believers. be-lievers. Wars have been fought, races exterminated for gems less beautiful beau-tiful than those which many of the minor women of your public stage can boast. They have a meaning Impossible Impos-sible of comprehension to the Western mind." "And do Hindoos of your generation set aa much store by that tort of thing as your anceators did?" asked Hrltt. "The faith of the EaBt Is immutable," immut-able," the Swaml replied. "Centuries roll by, but we change not. Nations have broken themselves to shred in effort to shake the stability of our land and people. What was true before be-fore your Prophet left tbe carpenter' bench Is true to-day." "Now, do you know," said Drltt, vivaciously, vi-vaciously, "all thl interests me very much, and will make a cracking good story for 'The Time. Fancy a whole people bow many millions did you say? so wrapped up In gems that would not fill a showcase In a Maiden Lane jewelry shop, that they are willing will-ing to sacrifice their very lives for them!" Hrltt threw all bis skill a a questioner ques-tioner Into drawing from the Swaml descriptions of the more famous Jew-, els of India, deftly keeping the lino of his Interrogations on the subject of diamonds. Tbe Hindoo, bis entire personality an eloquent expression of tbe indolence of the East, wa alike luxuriant In bis narghlleb and In reminiscence rem-iniscence of the sacred gems that bad adorned the temples of bis faith from Delhi to Henarea. Slowly, dreamily, mystically, stories came from hla Hps of greed and ry'ety, deeds of daring and romance, statecraft and Intrigues, until Hrltt became so interested that for a time even his trained, vigilant mind lost sight of tbe purpose that had animated all bis actions since the day he learned that tbe famous Mis-sloner Mis-sloner necklace was missing. When the Easterner ended his string of tales, many of them replica in miniature of tbe Arabian Nights, and of still more thrilling Oriental legends, the Headquarters man had an exhaustive ex-haustive knowledge of all the great diamonds in tbe history of Hlndostan. "Your marvelous gem are not proof against imitation V be said inquiringly. in-quiringly. The keuer of them are not. said tbe Swaml "But the Kohinoor. the Light of Calcutta, the Dawn of the World, and imllr atone defy the best effort of your artificer. la them aaturt ha wrought toaatarptec) of glory no human plagiarist can reproduce." repro-duce." "Not even in Paris?" Inquired the visitor. "There Is a good deal of talk Just now, you know, about the theft of a society woman' diamonds. You know aha discovered that paste diamonds dia-monds were substituted, and I understand under-stand the central Jewel was one of exceptional size." "Neither Paris, nor Venice, nor yet Stamboul can manufacture colorable Imitations of such a stone," Insisted the Swaml. "Imitations, that Is to nay, that would deceive anyone with the crudest knowledge." "Hut tbe Maharanee was undoubtedly undoubted-ly copied," pursued Hrltt. "If you have read the newspapers, you know it wa through the discovery of that fact that Mrs. Mlssloner learned ber necklace bad been stolen." All tbe cordiality ol the Swaml vanished. van-ished. He wK'med to wrap himself In the Impenetrable dignity of his caste, and he dismissed the subject with the conclusive remark of bis race, "1 have apoken." In spite of the most adroit efforts of his vliiitor, and despite interrogations inter-rogations direct and Indirect, he could not be induced to discuss tbo subject again. Hrltz, somewhat baffled, finally led the conversation Into other channels by bethinking himself of his role In time to ask the Swaml the purpose and probable length of hla stay In New York. "I have no objection to telling you," answered the priest, "that I am here to spread the propaganda, to turn the lamp of the true faith upon the gloom of your Western civilisation." He continued. con-tinued. "Yes, I am making proselytes! prose-lytes! I am conducting gatherings of seekers after the Light, and I am Instructing In-structing all who come to me with open minds and honest hearts." Hrltt picked up his hat and cont with a reluctant nlr, and took leave of the Oriental with not over-profuse expressions ex-pressions of gratitude for his reception. recep-tion. The scholar struck the gong, the Hindoo servant appeared In the farther doorway, and In a few second the faint echoes of the visitor's footsteps foot-steps ended In the quiet closing of the street door. Kananda, with a carriage akin to the waggrY cf tbe English Ciuards-, Ciuards-, man, re-entered the room and looked at the Swaml quizzically. "You need not put yourself to the trouble of looking through the Sunday papers," said the Swaml. "There will be nothing about this interview in 'The Times.' " "No?" returned Kannnda. "I beard the reporter say be wanted the facts for the next Issue of bis Sunday supplement." sup-plement." "He is not interested In supplements," supple-ments," replied the priest, "sequela are bis specialty. When he Interests himself In a story he begins at the 'continued' line. He Is not a reporter." report-er." The Prince looked at him Inquiringly. Inquiring-ly. "Nor Is he the man All should have searched," continued the sage. "He Is one of the cleverest detectives In New York Hrltt, of Headquarters!" Hrltt, of Headquarters, did not waste any time In gloating over the result of his Interview with the Utah-mln. Utah-mln. In the first place, he did not consider con-sider that he had scored anything like a signal victory. He knew enough oi tbe subtleties of the Orient to be aware that such grains of truth as bad come to him In the Swami's answer an-swer had been merged Into a voluminous volum-inous fabric of mendacity well, call It diplomacy and that to winnow out the few facts vouchsafed to blm was a task for the cloistered secluulon ol his own room, supplemented by the silent help of many books of refer ence. Hut he was ready to take It lor granted that the Hrahmln had spoken truly In regard to the difficulty of Imitating Im-itating diamonds of great size. There was no question tbe Maharanee had been copied; bow closely he could not i say, as he had unfortunately never had a glimpse of the false stone. The questions that glmleted their way Into his brain were: Where was the copying copy-ing done; how was It done; nnd, cf course, correlatlvely, by whom was It done? It was a busy quarter of an hour Detective Lieutenant Hrltt passed In his Mulberry Street office. Awaltlni blm was a cablegram from Logan, saying briefly he wa trailing all thf workmen who bad taken part In th manufacture of the paste Mlssloner necklace, and that none of them bad laft Paris. (TO BE C'ONTINl'EP.) Quetr Hotel Custom. Hotel customs throughout the world are varied. A hotel In France is on wheels and turns so that any room cat be given sunlight. Itegulations govern log the length of bed sheets have beet made in certain states. Probably tha moat unique custom prevails In Tempe, a town In the Salt Klver valley, Arizona. Arizo-na. Hare tha proprietor refundi the hotel charges to all his patrons on any day the sun doe not shine. Al first this seem benevolent, but looking look-ing into the matter we find that he bat been called upon to remit to bis gMesti only once In tbe last five years. Uuar-anteelsa- sunshine 1 aa orlt'nal lea. tux. did not tax hi agility greatly to reach tbe balcony while still gripping the window frame securely, and, with one quick movement, to swing himself him-self over the ladder rail. It wa the work of a minute or two to run down the eary eteps to the first floor above the street and. from that point, he had only a short drop to the sidewalk. He strolled in a casual way to tbe front of the big apartment building, which looked toward the Hudson, and noting Its location, quickened bla pace, walking south until be came to a cab stand. He gave a chauffeur the number num-ber of the Swaml' bouse, Jumped Into a taxlcab and continued bis course In a southerly direction, the driver in obedience to bis Instruction wheeling east at Seventy-aecond street and turning Into the park. ' CHAPTER XIII. J t - Interviewing the Swaml. While Hrltt wa speed'ug southward south-ward In the taxlcab two men wereHi the midst of animated discussion 111 the Swaml room. They were the scholar himself ami hi tip to-dale irtend, Prince Kananda. The prince had arrived In tbe gloom-enshrouded house only a few minutes before. He had uttered several short, sharp sentences sen-tences big with Interest that had stirred the Swaml from the repose usual to the Oriental priest. It wa evident that Kananuda expected a responsive re-sponsive remark from his friend, and that the Swaml, feeling the obligation, was weighing bis word before utterance. utter-ance. "Nothing of the slightest interest to us was found," said Kananda, evidently evident-ly In repetition. He had seen a skeptical skep-tical expression spread over the Swaml bronze face, and anticipated an Inquiry. "The search was thorough?" asked tbe scholar. "My dear old chap," said the Prince, "Is It likely we would go to such extraordinary ex-traordinary lengths without being most painstaking In that respect? A speck of diamond dust could not have escaped us." A slow smile gleamed through the mask that comprised the scholar' features. Mock deference colored his manner as, taking the mouthpiece of the Oriental pipe from between bl lips and tossing the tube over to the divan, be arose and paced the length of the room. "Far be It from thy servant, O Prince." he said with palpable sarcasm, sar-casm, "to question the method pursued pur-sued by so illustrious a personage; but." and be here returned to the easy familiarity of their ordinary Intercourse, Inter-course, "since the search was made so thoroughly, since It wa a climax to a deed so venturesome that It might have embroiled you even with such slow-witted persons as the policemen of the Western world, would it not have been well to bare got the right man?" "You mean ?" "I mean, your Royal Highness,'' said the priest with another touch of Ironic homage, "that the man whom the brilliant All and his equally Intel!! gent amlstanta seized so boldly In tbe park, and then spirited away with a skill bardly to be equaled by an Indian In-dian schoolboy, waa not tbe person whom It wa worth your distinguished while to search." Tbe Prince wa durafounded. He circled tbe table, fished In bl pocket for a cigarette, rolled !t abstractedly between bis thumb an J middle finger, lighted It. and then watched the In scutable feature of him whom for so many year be bad called "maater." "Is tt possible?" be exclaimed at last "And I gave my peracftal mention men-tion to the task, toof I Instructed Alt explicitly, and I ordered blm to that tbe men who aided him afeoald ba tuDoaf tha aarewdaat and most praiseworthy of our follower. Alt had tracked the man for days. He said bo was as familiar with hi face as with that of bis own father. How could they have been mistaken?" "Easily enough," said the Swaml. "The men went Into Mr. Mlssloner home about the same time. There Is a slight resemblance In their general build, and the wrong man came out!" "Then we have lost twelve hours," said Kananda. "You have lost more than that," aid the priest, " opportunity. These Occidentals are singularly fraternal. It is not probable that the man you searched will let tbe other go unwarned." un-warned." The Prince tossed bis cigarette into the fire, and with the springing glide of a panther, and as silently, crossed to the string of gongs that hung opposite oppo-site the divan, and struck lb em smartly. smart-ly. Almost at tbe same Instant the heavy portieres at the other end of the room parted, and All's immobile face appeared between them. The servant advanced with salaams that increased in profundity as he noted the storm cloud on Kananda' brow. "Son of a pig, and fool of a thousand thou-sand fools!" cried the Prince, his eyes blazing at the low-cate Hindoo. "What misguided dotard told you that you were fit to bo Intrusted with a man' task. Your place la among the women, and, even there, you would require a guardian to see that you did not exchange rupee for copper coins." All remained motionless, a one about whom lightning has flashed, and who feel bl only chance of safety He In escaping the notice of the next bolt. The Swaml signaled to Kananda, Kanan-da, and tbe Prince, following the habits hab-its of tbe Occident, seated himself on the divan In Oriental fashion, and calmed blmself with deep draught from tbe pipe that bubbled on a low table. A he smoked, the severity of bis feature relaxed a little, and at length he recovered bl composure so far a to take pity on the exceedingly uncomfortable All. "Rise, dog!" he said, "and give us. If you can, an explanation of the disgraceful dis-graceful bungling on this simple mission." mis-sion." What explanation the servant might have mustered I a problem. Hefore he could collect bla thought, the electric elec-tric bell of the outer door burr r-rd harply. Kananda, the stem of the pipe I Jiia hand, looked toward tha curtal&aexpectantly, and the Swaml signaled to All to answer tbe summons sum-mons without. Tbe servant gilded, ghost-like, from the room, returning shortly with the announcement that a visitor desired audience with tbe fsmed Oriental scholar. The Prince disappeared between the portiere of a small door opposite the main entrance en-trance of tbe room, tbe priest nodded slowly to tbe servant, and the next moment AH ashed Into the presence of tbe sage tbe man who bad bad the temerity to let himself be at'acked in place of blm tha Easterners bad desired de-sired to search. "I am a special reporter for 'The Time.'" said HrlU. "I understand you are a scnolar of distinction In your native land. I would like to have a talk with you for a Sunday story." The Sw&tnl's fac wreathed Into an Interrogation point. "My good friend," be aid. "you have come to tbe wrong person. I am not in the least Interested In fiction. Scientific research, with perhaps a glimpse now and then of the psyefale, limit tny activity In literature." "You don't understand." said Drlt. "Newspaper men rail everything a 'story.' I should have said an article aa Interview, you know." -Well." said tbe Oriental Indulgently, Indulgent-ly, "It la not the policy of tha propaganda propa-ganda to aeak publicity through, the column of tha pro; bat. If I can tra you is an wa, ooccmaad to."