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¥ ^l AUTHOR. OF. *mon CLVEL TO -- ••WtL LAND of TWE. CHANSMG ""AL/^O^T pEJ^5V/AD&C>. "A MUTE. CONF£S5pR.~ ETC. £TC — ifyKKiHT. 1597, (ft S_ CHAPTER 1. -The body of 'acob Benton Je ] found murdered on the IRWD near hi* house. 11 111 and IV— Minard Hendricks. a detective, taken up the case. He finds a notebook on tbe Uvrn beloDKin? to Monrcaat.e. a revolver near the body. » partly burned match and loot- prints leading but a abort distance f r. m i he bodj-, whtre they BUddenlj end. _V, v i and Til-Hendricks Bend for a bloodhound. A clock whlcii «topp«d atl!:30 a.m. Indicates that MontJHStle left tne house at that timeand hU bed has not been slept In. Miss Benton la suipected. CHAPTER VH. Five minutes later Dr. Lampkin entered the library and , .osed the door after him. "I got it off," ho announced. Hendricks stared at him vacantly. "You say you—bat what did you get off? I don't understand." "The telegram i!or the bloodhound, •tupid!" laughed the doctor. "Have yon forgotten already?" "Oh, I remember! Johnson was to Irinp Nebo. Did yon get something to eat?" "Yes. But what's the matter?" asked the doctor. Hendricks tapped his forehead with the tips of his fingers. The next minute he laid his hand oa the knob of Hontcastle's door. It was locked. The detective smiled broadly as he took a heavy bunch of keys from his pocket and began to try them in the lock. "Swiped 'em from Jane during the inquest," he laughed. "She had 'em tied to her waist with a string. I snipped it with my penknife. Saw her just now searching for them on the front lawn. Ah, here -we are!" Hendricks pushed the door open, and when they had entered he closed and bolted it. "Don't want anybody plunging in on us," he explained aa his eyes began to rove about the apartment "Ah!" he cried, pointing to a good Bized traveling bag in a corner. "Remember what I told you about the 1:80 train and the cab tracks in the rear and in the front? 1 ' "I remember," replied the doctor. Hendricks raised the bag from the floor to a lounge. "Completely packed," hesaid. "Now, I wonder if lean get into it. Ah!" The catch slid back, and the bag opened. It was closely filled with wearing ap- U bJUB Ui. MJ3 inif^Au. ^ j.« ,• •**• — ./ — "To let," he said. "I shall put out a | parel. "By Jove! If every trail was as •igu at once. It doesn't contain a single • easy to follow as this one, blind men idea. My brain is a mud puddle upon i would become detectives." the surface of which nothing floats." I "What is it?" questioned Lampkm. "Why, I thought yon were getting along finely," replied Lampkin. Hendricks walked to the window, gazed out on the lawn for a minute, then whirled round suddenly and returned to bis companion. "I say, old man," said he, "I sent yon away at exactly the wrong time." "Why, what's happened?" Hendricks foiled the question with another. "What is a man like when he swoons?" "I don't understand. What do you menu?" asked the doctor. Heudricks shrugged his shoulders impatiently. "It's your business to understand. You are a doctor. What did you study medicine for? I mean what would a' man look like? How would he fall down? What color would he be?" "Ah, I see!" said Lampkin thoughtfully. "I"— "No, yon don't see. Answer my question." "How can I tell how he would fall?" 88id Lampkin spiritedly. "Different men would fall different ways. A heavy man would go down like a tub of sausage meat, while a thin man might topple over like a billiard cue knocked from a player's hand. As to the color of his face, it would be—let me see— about Che color of a chamois skin, and"— "Thunder!" ejaculated the detective. "You mean flashed." "I mean as white as that of a dead man's and cold and clammy, with beads of perspiration standing oa it." Heudricks swore softly. "Yon toltl me not ten days ago that there was nothing for me to learn, and yet just now I was breaking my neck to get water for a swooning man with a face as red as a beet. I'm an ass." "Who swooned-" "Nobody, d—n it, according to your own diagnosis. Kalph Benton, however, did a capital piece of acting. He keeled over beautifully just before his name was called as a witness." "And didn't testify?" "No; I didn't rare for his testimony, though." "Well, then, what's the matter?" "Matter? Do you suppose I want to bo hopping like mad after water before all those people to give water to a young ass who is playing off on me?" "What are you going to do about it?" "Get even with him before this thing is done with. Lot's go into the halL We are losing time." The library door opened, and Miss Hastings looked in. "Oh, I beg pardon!" she said, starting to withdraw. "It's all right," said Hendrioks, <ol«kiy itepping toward her. "We were Just going out. How is Mr. Benton?" "He is better," replied Miss Bai- tings, "fle is in his sister's room, git- ting np." "We were just starting to look around the house a bit," said Hendricks. "Would you mind telling us -which is your room and the one formerly occupied by Mr. Jacob Beuton?" "Mine is at the head of the front •tairs on the right as you go up," replied Miss Hastings. "Mr. Benton's T?as nest to it, between my room and his laboratory." "Thnuk "you. And Misi Benton's room is"— "On thiB floor, back of the sitting loom, after you cross the narrow pas•age." "Mr. Montcastle's is opposite hers, I believe," went on Hendricks. "Yes." "Mr. Ralph Benton rooms up stairs, I presume." "Yes, across the hall from his father's apartment." "Thank yon," said Hendricfcs, with a pleasant smile and a bow. "We want to look the premises over and shall begin at the bottom. "Come on, doctor." TH6 detective led Lampkin from the library and down a long hall into which •everal doors opened. As they were pMiug Miss Benton's room they h«ard voices within. "Monteastle ia there," whispered Htndrioka over his shoulder, "and while they are detaining him I want to i into bis chamber," "See that little clock in the corner under the handkerchiefs?" "Yes." Hendricks took it out and stood it up on his hand. "See, it is one of the little pendulum affairs that won't ran unless it is standing up." "I see," replied Lampkin mechanically. "You see only what a baby could see, or else you'd show more enthusiasm over it," said Hendricks. "Montcastle took it from his dressing table or mantel and packed it at exactly 3}£ minutes after I this morning. Looks like a short leave taking, doesn't it?" "It does, indeed," said the doctor. "By Jove, I"— "He didn't occupy the bed either last night, for it has not been touched, and there is his nightshirt under his tennis shoes, one of the first things stowed away." ' 'It looks as if Monteastle knew something about the murder or had something to do with it. Don't you think so?" asked Lampkin. Hendricks made no reply. He was running through the articles in the bag as deftly as a custom house official after smuggled goods. "Good!" he cried, suddenly drawing himself np and rubbing his hands together. "You remember the woman's footprints at the side gate along with the man's? She was ready to go too." "How do you know that?" asked Dr. Lampkin, with bated breath. "Here is a pair of her boots," said Hendricks, with a low laugh. "If they were a pair of dainty evening slippers tied with blue strings and two sizes too small for the wearer, they would mean toom, However, ror, Judging by net looks, she has her share of caution, and , very she has had time, having been in her Dr. Lampkin room since the inquest, to cover up traces." I Hendricks led his friend from the room. The door of Miss Benton's ;apart- I ment was locked, but the detective opened it with one of the keys in the chambermaid's bunch. When be and Lampkin were insidfl, he closed and bolted the door. "Bed's been tumbled pretty well," he remarked, "but I don't think Miss Benton slept much on it last night, I wonder what she did with her satchel or bag. She had to take something, and a trunk was out of the question." Hendricks opened the door of a closet. "Ah!" he exclaimed. "There you are, doctor. There is a bag almost as large as MontcastJe's up on that shelf by the bandbox. She packed it, then unpacked it and took the trouble to replace it up there." "Are you sure?" asked the doctor. "Dead sure." Dr. Lampkin looked incredulous. "I don't quite catch your"— he began. Hendricks pointed at a white underskirt and nightdress hanging from one of the hooks. "Those things have never been worn," he said. "Well, what if they haven't?" "The creases in 'em ehow that they have been folded to fit the bag. The wrinkles indicate that they have been compressed considerably." "Ah!" "Don't simply say 'Ah!' if you want to talk, "said the detective, imitating his friend's tone. "It sounds like applause from the gallery. It's lond, but it means nothing." "I'm doing my best," was Lampkin's rejoinder. "Yesterday or last might," pursued Hendricks, "she took the bag down from the shelf, wiped it and packed it. There is the mixture of cobwebs, lint and dust that was on it." Hendricks picked up a soiled towel and exhibited it to his companion. Then he reached up and took the empty bag from the shelf. "See how free from dust it is," tie ran on, with a merry chuckle. "I'll bet yon a dinner that the bandbox next to it is covered with dust.'' "I'll go you," returned Lampkin, "though I know you will win." Hendricks sneezed as he drew the box from the shelf. "Che-boo! There is enough dust to fill the eyes of all the detectives in America, "and her ladysbip did not utilize it except as an eye opener. She is sharp and cautious, but not enough EO to hide her movements." "Do you think she is concerned in the murder?" asked Lampkin. ' 'Never formed a positive opinion so early in a game in my life," was the answer. "If I did, I'd follow my opinion's nose into trouble. It is because I am continually drowning that I am able to clutch circumstantial straws. thank you Very much. You art. _. r noticed with surprise that the detective laid his fingers on the veins of her slender wrist with the dexterity of a skilled physician, and then Lampkin held his breath, for Hendricks coolly took his lens from his vest pocket and with it carefully examined Miss Benton's hand. She started to withdraw it, but he held it with gentle firmness and smiled reassuringly. Did you know," he said,, "that medical experts can tell the condition Condition* to B« Met For G*od »nd Spe*dy Work. Having secured a good plow and team, writer in the Ohio Farmer advises RED ROUGH HANDS Itching, Holy, bidding p»loi«, tbtp«lee» n«i!«, mild painful finger end*, pimple*, a -writer in tne uuiu j;aj.m.^ ~~,-~~ O u y|n j ol hy«fcm,dry,thin,and;al>ngti»lr,itch. vnn to uroceed as follows; bis remarks 1 ing. «e»ly»ciap«,»U. Yield quickly to w»rmb«ih» - „ \ _______ 11.,- ---- ,!„.„-=• with CCTICOR*. SOAV. »nd gentle »nom«nM He reached up and took the empty bag from, the shelf. 5t the neartn rrom tne appearance of the «kin tinder a magnifying glass? Miss Benton, I'll venture to Baj- yon haven't taken any strong exercise for two •weeks. You'll never be well if you don't give your system a ehance to throw off its impurities by perspiration." "I have been confined to the house since my guests arrived," Miss Benton admitted. " I know I need outdoor ei- eroise badly. Thank you." She withdrew her hand and pulled down her flowing sleeve. [TO BE CONTINUED.] "AFTER"EACH IRRIGATION. at first concern walking plows: If there is a difference in the height of the horses, hitch them so the taller one will walk in the furrow. Use s doubletree about three feet long, so as to allow the horses to walk close together. The tags or traces should be capable of being lengthened and shortened. After the team is "hooked up" there are three conditions to be met—first, the plow must run the desired depth; second, it must run level and steady; \ihird, it must be of as light draft as possible. 1. There is some point in the plow that is at the center of resistance. Call that point A (Fig. 1); also there is a point about which the power applied balances. In the condition tinder consideration this point is midway between the upper ends of the two inside traces teee P, Fig. 2), where they join the har- 1 ness. Let this point be B, (Fig. 1). Since there is a flexible commctiou between these two points (A and B, Fig. 1)—that is, there is a joint or swivel at the c levis—the traces, the doubletree and the points A and B will be in the same straight line, as shown by A, C, B (Fig- 1). . Suppose we have our clevis too high, as at D, then the points A, B, D are not in tb,e same straight line, but D is above C. Now, as soon as we start the team the pull on the traces will tend to bring the points A, D, B into a straight line—that is, bring the point D down to C, thereby depressing the end of the witi CDTICOKX SOAV. »nd gentle anointing* with CCTtcCRA (ointment), the great skin cure. (uticura I«iol4throui!ionttbc»»rtd. PoTT«it>«roixt>Cnui. Cour . Sole Prop*.. Boplon. ff » HOW to 1-roduM Soft. Whitf Uninln," fm. ITCHING HUMORS "Oh, 1 bey pardon!" she said, starting to withdraw. nothing beyond yum yum sentiment, but these are heavy walking boots with broad heels and thick soles." "Miss Bentou's boots? Impossible!' cried Lampkin. "Yes; she packed, too," went on the detective, his eyes beaming with the excitement of the chase. "She fouoc after she had got her bag or trunk filled that she had left out a very necessary article, and he chucked 'eni in with his." "Marvelous — simply marvelous!" cried the doctor. Hendricks closed the bag with a jerk, See? "Have you found any motive?" questioned the doctor. "Motive enough, the Lord knows," muttered Hendricks, "too much motive. That's the drawback. Son is heir to big fortune; daughter ditto; man in love with her or her chances and another fellow as mad as blazes at the dead man for usurping his rights, or fancied rights, to certain patents and inventions." . "You mean that Mr. Brooks Allen?" said Lampkin. "I heard the chief of police talking about his intimacy with old Mr. Benton when I went out to send that telegram. Shall yon follow him up?" Not till I have cleared this rubbish away," returned the detective, with a perplexed frown. He looked again at the bed in the room. "I wish I really knew if Miss Benton slept in her bed. It has a cold, unused appearance. If she did not, she has tumbled it artistically." The door latch rattled, and voices were heard outside in the ball. Hendricks bit his lip and made a boyish grimace of mock alarm. Then he quickly glided to the closet, closed the door and turned the key. "I declare," sounded Miss Benton's voice. "I believe some one has bolted my door on the inside." "Perhaps it maybe the detective," said Miss Hastings. "He told me he was going to look around the house." "In my room? How dare—the im pertinence! I won't stand"— "Sh!" interrupted Miss Hastings "They can hear you." "I don't care if they do. What right"— Hendricks stepped to the door, winking over his shoulder at his companion. "The devil is to pay now," he said. "Help me out of it." Hendricks gave the knob a warning rattle and then slid back the bolt. "Ah!" he said in a tone of well feigned surprise. "I hope—I sincerely hope we haven't got into any private quarters. I was anxious to confer with my friend over a little matter, and you know. Miss Benton, men nevei: can and as he rolled it on its side and put i his knee upon it to draw the straps into place he looked about the room. "Gi'me that newspaper behind the bed," he grunted as he tugged at the last strap to fasten a buckle. Dr. Lampkin picked up the paper, and Hendricks took it and spread it out on the bed. "What did I tell yon?" he said. "There's the jagged hole left by the clipping, ^nd, see, the paper is dated yesterday afternoon. Pretty good find for one room. Now for Miss Benton's." "They are all in there," said the doctor. "At least they were when we passed just now." "I heard them all leave a moment «go," Hendricks told him. "I think they went into tha drawing room to take a look at the corps*. It is arranged by this time. The undertaker and his men passed the window jnst now. We •han't find much in Miie Benton's Importance of Loosening the Compact Soil by Cultivation. As generally applied irrigation leaves the soil compact and in condition to become very hard as it drios. The compacting of the soil after irrigation is remedied by cultivation of the surface as soon as the soil reaches a condition to be worked, as explained in an irriga- ion paper of the United States geolog- cal survey. This cultivation after irri- ;ation serves the double purpose of checking the growth of weeds, which is sure to be copious, and of leaving a soil mulch of loose earth over the surface, which prevents the rapid evaporation of the moisture stored in the subsoil. The mportance of cultivation after each irrigation cannot be overestimated. In general the application of water without the subsequent cultivation is of little value, and, indeed, in mapy cases it is absolutely detrimental. The •eneral experience is that, with the average soil, after the application of water the ground soon becomes very dry and very bard and evaporation proceeds to rob both the soil and the subsoil of moisture with surprising rapidity. If ;he irrigator thinks to remedy the case oy another irrigation, he usually only makes the matter worse, for the soil by this time, especially that along the borders of the furrows, has become quite thoroughly puddled, so that the second application of water with no intervening cultivation amounts to little more than flooding over the surface, with but Blight moistening of the under soil. It may be stated in general that the irrigator who fails to cultivate soon after each irrigation will make a failure of irrigation. Indeed, in almost any part of the great plains, if either irrigation or cultivation must be omitted, it will be better to omit the irrigation than the cultivation for all such crops as admit of cultivation. The case with meadows and with sowed crops in general is somewhat different, the soil being to some extent protected and supported against excessive settling by the general distribution of the plants and roots. It is not improbable, however, that in the case of annuals, as wheat, rye, barley and oats, it will be found profitable to make the drill rows far enough apart to admit of cultivation 'while the plants are small. In the case of meadows, especially with alfalfa, the influence of the extensive root growth is such as to keep the soil in condition favorable to rapid growth without cultivation. It is noticeable, however, that even alfalfa shows the marked influence of cultivation where a meadow of this legume joins a cultivated field. PEOPEELT ADJUSTING A PLOW. beam and making the plow run too deep, or if the ground is very hard it will run on its "nose." Again, if we place the clevis too lovr, as at E, the doubletree will be below the points A and B, and the pull of the team will lift the end of the beam and make the plow run too shallow. The different holes in the plow clevis must be tried until the plow runs level. Suppose next day we have a taller team. We must either raise 'the clevis or lengthen the traces. Let the point B be raised to H by the taller team. The line of draft will be A, D, H, so we must raise the clevis, but by lengthening the traces the clevis may remain at C. Let G be the height of D, yet, smaller beam, then the clevis must be lowered to E or the plow will run too deep. K shows how the plow may be made to run at the proper depth in bard ground, since the longer the traces are the less does the team tend to lift the plow out of the ground, but in soft ground it is better to hitch as close as possible (B, Fig. 1) to prevent the plow from sinking into the soft bottom of the furrow. If we use a wheel on. the beam of the plow we hitch the clevis so it a little above the C, so the wheel will just hug the ground snugly. This wiU conclude the adjustment as to depth. By referring to Fig. 2 the second adjustment will be understood. S, T, U, V represent the upper ends of the traces. The line of draft is from the point P (Fig. 2) to the point A (Fig. 1), passing through O. The direction of the furrow will be parallel to the land side of the plow. Now, if our plow is taking too much "land," and we should move the end of the plow beam to the right, or to Pv in Fig. 2, it can easily be seen that as soon as the team start! the end of the beam will be pulled over to the position O and the plow wil have the position shown by the dotted lines. Consequently it must cut a nar rower furrow, and we will get the op posite result by moving the beam to the other side. The foregoing principles apply to the riding plow (Fig. 3), with this differ' ence: If there is a furrow wheel, as shown in Fig. 3 at W, the whole weight of the plow should be carried on thJs keep from Wandering. Your room, is it not Miss Hastings?" "It's mine," replied Miss Benton, getting her breath excitedly. She planced uneasily tfr'the door of the closet. "You art entirely welcome. You are, of course, welcome to the use of the whole house. I was—was only | surprised to find my door bolted, and i this affair has unstrung me so that I hardly know what I am doing. You must excuse me if I talk incoherently. Oh, I am almost crazed!" She sank into a chair and covered her face with her hands. "Perhaps you ought to take something to—to steady your nerves," sug-. seated the detective seductively. " You ! presence of a, -.,«.„ to look worn out and unnerved. Will! a more luxuriant vegetation, and thus ••ou •^ermit me to touch yonr pulse? 1 i secures a more perfect cover of the soil, used to study medicine. Perhaps I may j affording in this manner a less rapid advise you." i evaporation. These two causes combined She smiled u if relieved and extend-1 undoubtedly have a tendency to dimmed her riaht *ri«t i ish the danger from frost to winch a 1 «rop m»7 be exposed. Protection Against Frosi. It has been noticed that the liberal application of potash fertilizers, especially the crude salts, lessens to a certain extent the injuries which the crop may suffer from frost. This is an item of considerable importance, especially in the case of tobacco, which is often greatly injured by frost in the early autumn." The cause of the protection which kainit, for instance, offers to plants against frost is found in two sources. 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