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,.»tid fees the notaries left mo, bowing humbly, tot was 1 hot tlohf Yes, 1 WB« I niilL Wealth liad oome to ine without ef- Jft, Mid 1 had reason to desire It, yet Ills was the saddest night that I had pas* Blh JS * B0 * foot In Spain, tot my mind WA* filled with doubts and softrow, and, ttoteover, tny loneliness got a hold of me. But Bad as it might be It was destined to •eem yet moro sorrowful before tho morn- In*, for us I sat making a pretense to CM, Aberrant came to me, saying thatj a , woman waited in the outer room Who had Mked to BOO his lato master, Guessing thftt this was some client who had not heard of Fonsooa's death, I was about to order that she should bo dismissed, thon "bethought mo that I might bo of service to her or at tho least forget gome of my •own trouble in listening to hers. So I itwde them bring her in. Presently she camo, a 4aU woman wrapped in a dark •cloak that hid hor face. I bowed and motioned to her to bo seated, when suddenly •he started and spoke. , ''I asked to see Don Andres de Fonso- 'i -oa," she said in a low, quick voice. ''You , «ro not he, scnor." ''Andres do FonBooawas burled today," I answered. "I was his assistant In hla business and am his heir. If I can servo you in any way, I am at your disposal." "You are young—very young," Bhomur- .mured confusedly, "and tho matte? is so terrible ami urgent. How can I trust youf" "It is for you to Judge, senora." She thought awhile, then drew off her cloak, displaying tho robes of u nun. "Listen," she said. "I must do many a •penance for this night's work, and very •She thought awhile, then threw off her clonk, •hardly havo I won leave to como hither upon an errand of mercy. Now, I cannot ,go back empty handed, so I must trust you. But flrst swear by tho blessed Mother cf God that you will not betray mo." "I give you my word," I answered. "It that is not enough, lot us end this talk." "Do not bo angry with me," she pleaded. "I havo not left my convent walls for luany years, and I am distraught with grief. I seek a poison of tho deadliest. I Will pay well for it." "I am not tho tool of murderers," I an- ewcrcd. "For what purpose do you wish tho poison?" "Oh, I must toll you—yet how-cm I? In our convent thero dies tonight a woman .young and fair—almost a girl indeed— who has broken tho vows sho took. Sho •dies tonight with her bubo—thus, O God, thus!—by being built nlivo into tho foundations of tho house she has disgraced. It is tho judgment that has been jvi'av.-il upon her—judgment without for ; 'ci\'i IKT.-, or reprieve. I am tho tibbcRS of tliis convent— ask not its nnino or mine—and 1 lovo this \einner us though slio woro my daughter, havo obtained this much of mercy for her 'because of my faithful services to tih church and by secret; liiiliH-jinu—that when I glvo her tho cup of water before tho work is done I may mix poison with it iuid touch tho lips of tho babe with poison, BO that tholr end Is swift. I may do this and yet '.jhovo no sin upon my wuil. I have my pur- 'don under swil. Help me, then, to bo nn Innocent murderous and to save this sin- nor from hor lust t yonics on earth. '•' I cannot Bet iTfjwn tho feelings with •which I listened to this tale of horror, for wordn could not rarry them. I stood r^hasr, Booking an nnsv.'er, and a dreadful thought •entered my mind. "Is this woman named Isabella Uo Slg- Monzr.f" I asked. "That ntuno was hers in the world," • she answered, "though how you kuow it I cannot guess." "Wo know many things in this house, mother. Say, now, can this Isabella bo saved by money or by interest?" "It ia impossible. Her sentence has been confirmed by tho tribunal of mercy. Sho must dlo and within two hours. Will you not glvo mo tho poison f" "I cannot glvo it unless I know its purpose, mother. This may bo a bnrron tale, and tho medicine might bo used in such a fashion thut I should fall beneath tho law. At ono price only eon I glvo it, and thut is that I am them to BOO it used." Sho thought nwhllo-aml answered; "It •may bo done, for us it chances tho word Ing of niy absolution will cover it. I3ut t .you must como cowled as it priest, that those who carry out the sentence may kuow nothing. Still others will know, •and I warn you thut should you speak of tho matter you yourself will moot with jnlsfortuuo. Tho church avenges itself on -those who betray IU secrets, scnor." "As ono day its secrets will avenge themselves upon tho church," I,answered bitterly. "And now lot mo seek a fitting •drug—ono Mint is swift, yet not too swift, lost your hounds should soo themselves bufflod of their prey before all tholr deviltry Is done. Hero is something thut will -do tho work," ami I held 'up u vial that I drew from u case of such medicines, "Come, volt" yourself, mother, and let us bo goiio upon this 'errand of inercy.' " Sho obeyed, and presently wu loft tho house aud walked swiftly through tho crowded streets till wo came to the ancient part of tho olty along tho river's edge, llero tho woman led ino to a wharf where • bout was in wulUiig for hor. Wo entered It and weru rowed for u inllo or more up tho strewn till the bout halted ut u landing place beneath u high wall. Leaving It, wo vuiiio to a door In tho wall on whluh my companion knocked thrloo. I'resontly u shutter in tho woodwork was •drawn, aud a whito ftwo pooped through tho grating and spoko. My companion wisworal In u luw voice, and after somo del*/ the dour wus opuuud, und I found myself In a large walled gurduu planted with orungo treos. Thon the abbess spoku tu mo. "I have led you to our liouso," sho wild. "If you know whoro you lire und whut llu jwnio nrny bo, for our own sake, I pray you, forget U when you leuvu these doors. 1 '. I nmilo no uiibwvr, but looked round lu the dim uiul duwy gtmlou. Horo It was doubtles* thut Uo (laroltt hail mot thla unfoi-uimito who must) dlo this night. A walk of u luuulnxJ |iuw* brought us to iwmhur door lii tho witll uf -u lung, low building of Moorish stylo. iiel'O thu Juiuulilng ami the questioning WWo rojHMtoU ut mow. luiigtli. TJien tlw door was opened, and t found myself In a passage, ill lighted) long and Borrow, in the dopthfl of Which 1 could see the figures of nuns flitting to and fro like bats in a tomb, f he abbess Walked down the passage till she came to a door on the right, Which she opened. It led into a cell, and here she left mo In the dark. For 10 minutes or mote I staid there, a prey to thoughts that I had rather forget. At longtli the door opened again, and she camt In, followed by a tall priest whose face 1 could not see, for he was dressed in the white robe and hood of the Dominicans, that left nothing visible except his eyes, "Greeting, my son,"ho ealdwhen ho hod scanned mo for awhile. "The mother abbess has told mo of your errand. You are full young for such a task," "Were I old I should not lovo It bettor, father, You know the case. I am asked to provide a deadly drug for a certain merciful purpose. I have provided that drug, but t must bo thero to eeo that it Is put to proper use." "You are very cautious, my son. The church is no murderess. This woman must die because her sin Is flagrant, and of late such wickedness has become common. Therefore after much thought and prayer and many scarchings to find a means of mercy she Is condemned to death by those whoso names arc too high to be spoken. I, alas, am hero to seo tho sentence carried out with a certain mitigation which has been allowed by tho mercy of her chief judge. It seems that your prcs once is needful to this act of lovo; therefore I suffer It. Tho mother abbess has warned you that evil dogs tho feet of those who reveal tho secrets of tho church. For your own sake, I pray you to lay that warning to heart." "I am no bubbler, father, so tho caution is not needed. Ono word more. This visit should bo well feed; tho medicine Is costly." ''Fear not, physician," tho monk answered, with a note of scorn in his voice. "Name your sum; it shall bo paid to you." "I ask no money, father. Indeed I would pay much to bo far away tonight. I ask only that I may bo allowed to speak With this girl before she dies." "What!" ho said, starting. "Surely you ftro not that wicked man!' If so, you are bold indeed to risk tho sharing of her fate." "No, father, I nm not that man. I never saw Isabella do Signcnza except once, and I Jiavo never spoken to her. I am not tho man who tricked her, but I ktow him. Ho is nnmcd Juan do Garcia. "Ah," ho said quickly, "sho would never tell his real name, oven under threat of torture. Poor erring soul, sho could bo faithful in her unfuith. Of what would you speak to her?" "I wish to ask her whither this man has gone. Ho is my enemy, and I would follow him as I have already followed him far. He has done worse by 1110 aud inlno than by this poor girl oven. Grant my request, father, that I may be able to work iny vengeance on him, and wltR*tatao the church's also." "'Vengeance Is mine,' saith tho Lord. "I will repay,' Yet it may bo, son, that tho Lord will chooso you as tho instrument of ills wrath. An opportunity shall bo given you to speak with her. Now put on this dress"—aud ho handed mo a whito Dominican hood aud robe—"and follow mo." "First," I said, "let mo glvo this medicine to tho abbess, for I will have no hand In Its administering. Take It, mother, and when tho time comes pour the contents of tho vial into a cup of water. Thon, having touched the mouth and tongue of the bubo with tho llulcl, give it to tho mother to drink, and bo suro that sho docs drink it. Bcforu the bricks are built up about them both will sleep sound, never to wake again." "I will do it, "murmured tho abbess. "Having absolution, I will bo bold and do It for lovo and mercy's sake!" "Your heart Is soo soft, sister. Justice Is mercy," said tho monk, with a sigh. "Alas, for tho frailty of tho flesh that wars against tho spirit 1" Then I clothed myself In tho ghastly looking drees, and they took lamps and motioned to mo to follow them. CHAPTER" ix. THE PASSING OF ISABELLA 1)E SIGUEKZA. Silently wo went down tho long passage, and as we went I saw the eyes of the dwjill- era in this living tomb watch us puss through tho gratings of their cell doors. Little wonder that tho woman about to die had striven to esoqpo from such a homo back to tho world of Hfo and lovol Yet for that orlnio she must ix>rlt>h. Surely God Will remember tho doings of such men as these prlosts and tho nation thut festers them. And Indeed ho does remember, for Whoro is tho splendor of Spain today,.and Whoro are tho cruel rites oho gloried In? Horo in England tholr fetters aro broken forever, and In striving tu bind them fust upon us froo Englishmen she U broken also, never to bo whole again. At tho far cud of u piissii/fu wo found a stair, down which wo piuwcil, At its foot was an Iron bound door that the monk unlocked and looked again upon tho farther side. Thon camo another passage hollowed lu tho thickness of tho wall, and a second door, and wo wore lu tho place of death. It was a vault low and damp, and tbo waters of tho rlvar washed Us outor wall, for I could hour tholr murmuring* In tho sllonco. Perhaps tho plaoo may havo measured 10 paces In length by 8 broad. For tho rest Its roof was supported by muss- Ivo columns, and on ono ulclo thoro was ft second door that lod to a prison coll At tho farther end of this gloomy don that wits dimly lighted by torchon and lumps two mun with hooded huudii mid drupotl lu oourso bluok gowns wore at work silently mixing lima that sent up a hot steam upon tho stagnant air. By tholr sldt>s woro squares of dressed «tono rangud neat- iy against tho end of tho vault, and before thorn WOK u nloho out lu tho thickness of tho wall Itsolf, shaped like u largo cotUu sot upon Its Biiwllor end. In front of this uioho wus placed a Jimnslvo duwtr of chost- uut wood. I noticed also that two other such oofllu sliaiwd nlohou hud boon out iu thU same wiill and llllud In with similar blocks of whitish stoiio. On tho fuoo of each wan u ditto graved in duop lotturs. Quo had boon nuulod up somo 80 yours bo- foro and ono hard upon u hundred Thono moil woro tho ouly occupant*, of tho vault whoa wo ontoroti it, but pnwoiit- ly a sound of soft anil solemn singing itolo down tho socoiid nussiitfu. Thou iho door wan oponod, tho muson monks eou*od laboring ut tho heap of llmo, uudtho sound of singing grow luudur, so that I eon hi outoh tho rofrulii, It was that of u Lutiu hymn for tho dying. Niut through tho open dour oiuiio tho choir, olght vollod uuui walking two by two, and ranging themselves on either bklo of tho vault they council tholr ulnglng. After thorn followed tho (liMinuid woman, guarded by two Woro mini*, nml hit>t of nil u prlotit benrlua ueruoUlx. This mun wore u bluok rubo, and his thin, half fivngU'd fu.cu was tin oovoi'od. All thodo ami other things I no- Uixxl mid ivmimihorod, yot nt tho tlnio It teemed to me that i iaw nothing except the figure of the victim. 1 knew her again, although t had seen her but once In the moonlight. She Was changed ibdeed; her lovely face was fuller, and tho great, tormented eyes shone like stars against its Waxen pallor, relieved by tho carmine of her lips alone. Still it was the same face that some months before I had seen lifted in entreaty to her false lover. Now her tall shape was wrapped about with grave clotlMS, over which her black hair streamed, and in her anna she bore a sleeping babe that from time to tune she pressed convulsively to her breast. On the threshold of her tomb Isabella de Slguenza paused and looked round wildly as though for help, scanning each of the illent watchers to find a friend among them. Then her eye fell upon the niche, and tho heap of smoking lime, and the men who guarded it, and she shuddered and would have fallen had not those who attended her led her to the chair and placed her In It—a living corpse. Now the dreadful rites began. The Dominican father stood before her and recited her offense and tho sentence which had been passed upon her, which doomed her "to bo loft alone with God and tho child of your sin, that ho may deal with you as ho sees fit." [Lestsuch cruelty should seem Impossible and unprecedented, tho writer may mention that in tho museum of the city of Mexico ho has seen tho desiccated body of a young woman which was found Immured In tho walls of a religious building. With It Is tho body of an infant. Although tho exact cause of her execution remains a matter of conjecture, there can bo no doubt as to the manner of her death, for in addition to other evidences tho marks of tho rope with which her limbs were bound lu life aro distinctly visible. Such In those days were tho mercies'of religion I] To all of this she seemed to pay no heed nor to tho exhortation that followed. At length ho ceased, with a sigh, and turning to mo said: "Draw nearer to this sinner, brother, and gpcak with her before it is too late." Then he bade all present gather themselves at tho far end of tho vault that our talk might not bo overheard, and they did so without wonder, thinking doubtless that I was a monk sent to confess tho doomed woman. So I drew near, with a beating heart, p.nd bending over her I spoke In her car. "Listen to. me, Isabella do Siguenza!" I said, and as I uttered the name sho started wildly. "Where Is that Do Garcia who deceived and deserted you?" "How havo you learned his true name?" she answered. "Not even torture would hove wrung it from mo, as you know." ' ''I am no monk, and I know nothing. 1 am that man who fought with Do Garclu on tho night when you were taken, and who would havo killed him had you not seized me." "At tho least I saved him—that Is my comfort nowl" "Isabella do Slguenza," I said, "lam your friend, tho best you ever had and tho last, as you shall learn presently. Tell mo where this man is, for thero is that between us which must bo settled." "If you ,aro my friend, weary mo no more. I do not kuowwhero ho is. Months ago .ho went whither you will scarcely follow, to tho farther Indies, but you will never find him thorp." "It may bo that I shall, and If it should so chance, say, havo you any message for this man?" "None—yes, this: Tell him how wo died, his child and his wife. Tell him that I <lid my best to hldo his name, from the priests lest somo liko futo should befall him." "Is that all?" "Yes—no, it is not all. Toll him that I passed away loving and forgiving." "Afytimo is short," I said. "Awake and listen." For having spoken thus sho seemed to bo sinking into a lethargy. "I was the assistant of that Andres do Fonso- ca whoso counsel you put asldo to your ruin, and I have given a certain drug to tho abbess yonder. When sho offers you tho cup of water, see that you drink and drink deep; you and tho child. If so, none sjiall over die moro happily. Do you un- derstanaT r ''Yes, yes," she gasped, "and may blessings rest upon you for tho gift. Now I am no moro afraid, for I havo long desired to die—It was tho way I feared." "Then farewell, aud God bo witli you, unhappy woman." "Farewell," sho answered softly, "but call mo not unhappy who am about to dlo thus easily with that I lovo." And sho glanced at tho sleeping babe. Thon I drew book and stood with bent head, speaking no word. Mow tho Dominican motioned to all to take tho places whcro they stood before and asked her, "Erring sister, havo you aught to say before you arc sllonb forovor?" "Yes," she answered in a clear, sweet volco that never oven quavered, so bold had she become slnoo she learned that her death would bo swift aud easy. "Yen. 1 "firrino stutvr, have i/ou mil/fit (o tun ha- forv vow «ro sllvHt fonnwrf" Imvo this to say—(hut I go to my end with a clean heart, fur if I Imvo slimed It U against custom und not against God. 1 broke tho vows liulooil, hut I wus farced to take lhot,o vows, uiul thuroforo they did uot bind. 1 wus u woumii born for light uiul lovo, und yet I wus thrust Into tho durkuusii of this eloUtor, thuro to wither dead In Ufa And su 1 broke tho vows, und I am glad that 1 Imvo broken thoiu, though It hits brought ulo to thla If I wus do- col veil and my marriage Is no iimrrliigo bo- fore thu law, us) tlity tell inu now, [KUOW nothing uf It; thwoforo to mo It Is still valid uud holy, and on my soul thuro rests uo itlu. AU thu least I hiivu lived, mid fur •Pino few hoiim 1 Imvo buou wlfo and nuilher, an*} It .Is us well to dlo swiftly In this evil that) your nieruy hus prupuml us iiiaro slowly iu thosu ubovo. And now for y? u ~£ tyU you that y_our, wlokuduuss shall Unit you onf, yoU who d«re to say to God's children, -Ye shall not love," and to Work murder on them because they will Hot listen. It shall find you out, I Bay, and not only you, but the church you servo. Both priest and church shall be broken together and shall bo a scorn in tho mouths bf men to come." •'She is distraught," said the Dominican as a sigh of fear and wonder wont round the vault, "and blasphemes in her madness. Forget her words. Shrive her, brother, swiftly, ere.she adds to them." Then the black robed, keen eyed priest canio to her, and holding the cross before her face began to mutter I know not what. But she arose from tho chair and thrust the crucifix asldo. "Peace!" sho said. "I will not be shriven by such OB you. I toko my sins to God and not to you—you who do murder in the name of Christ!" Tho fanatic heard, and a fury took him. "Then go unshrivon down to hell, you ," and ho named her by ill names and struck her in the face with tho Ivory crucifix The Dominican bado him cease his re Villngs angrily enough, but Isabella do Signenzn wiped her bruised brow and laughed aloud a dreadful laugh to hear. "Now 1 sec that you are a coward also," Bbesald. ''Priest, this Is my last prayer, that you may also perish at tho hands of fanatics and more terribly than I dlo tonight." Then they hurried her Into tho placo prepared for her, and she spoke again: "Give mo to drink, for wo thirst, piy babe and II" Now I saw tho abbess enter that passage whence the victim had been led. Presently sho camo back hearing a cup of water in her hand and with it a loaf of bread, and I know by her mien that my draft was in tho water. But of, what befell afterward I cannot say certainly, for I prayed tho Dominican to open tho door by which wo had entered the vault, and passing through it I stood dazed with horror at somo distance. Awhile went by, I do not know how long, till at length I saw tho abbess standing before mo, a lantern In her hand, and sho was sobbing bitterly. "All is done," sho said. "Nay, havo no fear, the draft worked well. Before ever a stone was laid mother and child slept sound. Alas for her soul who died unrepentant andunshriven!" "Alas for tho souls of all who have shared In this night's work," I answered. "Now, mother, let mo hence, and may wo never meet again!" So soon as I could clear my mind somewhat of nil that I had seen and heard in that dreadful vault I began to consider tho circumstances in which I found myself. First, however, I inquired secretly anil diligently as to the truth of tho statement that De Garcia had sailed for tho Indies, and to bo brief, having tho clew, I discovered that two ihvys after tho date of the duel I had fought with him a man answering to Do Garcia's description, though bearing a different name, hod shipped from Seville in a carak bound for tho Canary islands, which curak was thero to await tho arrival of tho fleet sailing for Hispaniola. Indeed from various circumstances I had little doubt that tho man was uono other than Do Garcia himself, which, although I had not thought of it before, was not strange, seeing that then, as now, tho Indies"were tho refuge of half tho desperadoes und villains who could no longer live in Spain. Thither then I nuulo up my niincl to follow him, consoling my- eelf a little, by the thought that at least I should soo new and wonderful countries, though how now and wondcrCul they wcro I did not guess. Now, it remained for mo to dispose of tho wealth which had como to mo suddenly. While I was wondering how I could phico It in safety till my return I heard by chanco that tho Adventuress of Dartmouth, tho same ship In which I had como to Spain a year before, was again in tho port of Cadiz, and I bethought mo that tho host thing I could do with tho gold and other articles of value would bo to ship them to England, thoro to bo hold In trust for mo. So, having dispatched a message to my friend, tho captain of tho Advontur- PS«i tl'ttt I. lUl'i freight of yajnp for him. 1 mailo preparations to depart from Sovlllo with Bueh speed as 1 might, und to this cud I Bold my benefactor's hpiiijo, with many of tho effects, at a price much below their worth. Tho most of tho books and plate, together with somo other articles, I kept, and packing them in cases I caused them to bo transported down tho river to Cadiz, to tho euro of those sumo agents to vrhciu I had received letters from tho Yar mouth merchants. This being done, I followed thither myself, taking tho bulk of my fortune with mo in gold, which I hid artfully In numerous packages. I camo to Cadiz In safety ai»d without loss of any of my goods or gold, and taking boat proceeded on board the Adventuress, whoro I found her captain, whoso' mimo wits Boll, In good health and very ; ; !:,il to soo mo. What pleased mo moro, ; : ..iwovor, was that ho hud throo letters for | i IB, ono from my father, one from my sls- | u:r Mary and ouo from my betrothed, Lily I Uo/ard, tho ouly letter I over received from i her. Tho content* uf these writings woro not altogether pleasing, however, for I learned from them that my father was in broken health and almost bedridden, und indeed, though I did not know It for many years utter, ho died In Dltchliighiuu church upon tho very day I received his letter. It was short and sad, ami lu It ho said ho sorrowed much that ho had allowed mo to go upon my mission, slneo ho should BOO mo no moro and could only commend mo to tho cure of tho Almighty und pray him for my tmfo return. As fur Lily's lot- tor, whluh, hearing that tho Adventuress was to mill for Cadiz, slio had found moans to dispatch secretly, though it was not short, it wits tutd also, and tola mo that so soon us my buck wits turned on homo my brothor Geoffrey had iwkeil hor In marriage from hor father, and that they ptmhod tho matter strongly, so tnttt hor Hfo was inuilo a misery to lier, for my brut hor waylaid her everywhere, alid hor falhertfiil-not ewwe to rovilo %er us an oluulnuto judo who would (ling itwuy her fortune fur tho sake of it pennliess wamleror. "Dul," It went on, "ho uiiiiiiivd, swout- heart, liutt unless thoy marry mo by force, an thoy have throitUmod to ilo, I will not biulgo front my prouiUo, And, Thomas, nhuiild 1 bo thus woddod against my will 1 shall not bo a wlfo for long, fur Uiuugh 1 am bitting I bollevo that I shall dlo of shitmo mid sorrow. U U htutl that I should bo thus tormouUHl, and for ono roanon only, that you aiv nut rluh. Still I huvo gooil hopo that thing* may lx.itter thorn- liolvi'S, for I sup that my brother Wilfred U much Inclined toward your bUU>r Mary, anil though ho also urges this umiTliiyu on me today sho Is a frleiul tu both of us and limy I HI lit tho way to uiaku terms with him before uho itcecpU his suit." Thou tho writing emU'il with ninny tomlor words uaul m-uyers fur uiy tutl'o rot urn. Now, all this news guvo mo much eauso for thought. Meanwhile 1 did this: Going to u noUt- ry t I caused him to propuro a dood whloh } Vested all tny fortune, except 200 pesos that t kept for my own use, in three persons, to hold the same on my behalf till I camo to claim it. These throe persons Were my old master, Dr. Grimatone of Bungay, whom I knew for tho honestest of men; my sister, Mary Wingfleld, and my betrothed, Lily Bozard. I directed them by tills deed, which for greater validity I signed upon tho ship and caused to be Witnessed by Captain Bell and two other Englishmen, to deal with the property according t£ their discretion, investing not less than half of It in the purchase of lands and putting the rest out to interest, which interest, with tho rent of tho lands, was to bo paid to tho said Lily Bozard for her own use for BO long as she remained unmarried. Also with tho deed I executed a will by Which I devised the most of my property to Lily Bozard, should, she be unmarried at the date of my death, and the residue to my sister Mary. In tho event of the marriage or death of Lily, then tho whole was to paes to Mary and her heirs. Those two documents being signed and scaled, I delivered them, together with all my treasure and other goods, into tho keep- Ing of Captain Bell, charging him solemnly to hand them and my possessions to Dr. Grlmstono of Bungay, by whom he would bo liberally rewarded. This ho promised to do, though not until ho had urged me almost with tears to accompany them iny- BClf. With tho gold and deeds 1 sent Several letters, to my father, my sister, my brother, Dr. Grimstono, Squire Bozard and lastly to Lily herself. In these letters I gave an account of my life and fortunes since I had come to Spain, for I gathered that others which I had sent had never reached England, and told them of my resolution to follow Garcia to tho ends of the earth. "Others," I wrote to Lily, "may think mo a madman thus to postpone or perchance to lose a happiness which I desire above anything on earth, but you who understand my heart will not blame mo, however much you may grieve for my decision. I could never bo happy oven at your side It I abandoned my search now. First must como the toil and then the rest; flrst tho sorrow and then the joy. Do not fear for mo. I feel that I shall live to return again, and if I do not return at least I am able to provide for you in such fashion that you need never bo married against your will. While De Garcra lives I must follow him." And hero I may state that those letters and everything else that I scut camo safely to Yarmouth. Aud now Lily ^yept—flrst for joy because of uiy good fortune and then for sor row liecauso I had not come with my treasure, and when he had seen all and heard the deeds raid by virtue of which Lily w;is a rich woman whether 1 lived or died thn squire, her father, swore aloud and snid that ho had always thought well of mo and kissed his daughter, wishing her joy of her luck. In short, all wcro pleased except my brother, who left tho house-without a word and straightway took to evil courses. But all talked loudly of my madness because I would not abandon tho chaso of my enemy, but chose to follow him to tho far Indies, though Squire Bozurd took comfort from tho thought that whether I lived or died tho money was still his daughter's. Only Lily spoko up for mo, suyiug: "Thomas has sworn an oath, and ho docs well to keep It, for his honor is ut stake. Now I go to wait until ho comes to mo in thla world or tho next." [CONTINUED.] Fires Ni>:ir firiind ItnpltU. GRAND RAPIDS, Wia., July 28.—Extensive fires aro running in tho woods and marshes north and west of here. The cranberry marsh owned by D. Witter was burned and much of the extensive Spafford nuvrah has been destroyed. Pralrlo Flr«> In Inillnnm. WASIIINQTON, July :J8.—Destructive prnirio fires aro raging between this city and Fort Wayne. For two or three days they have been burning over several thousand acres of wheat aud oats. Smnll lllnio at Commerce. DES MOINES, la., July 28.—-A fire at Commerce, this county, destroyed property valued at $3,000, consisting of livery barns and cordwood belonging to tho Rock Ishmd railway. KEIFER WANTS _T£ BE GOVERNOR. The K«-S|iB»ker Would Like to Nuooeed MoKioley. SPBINOFIKLD, O,, July 88.—General Keifer, ex-speaker of tho national house of representatives has practically announced his candidacy for governor to succeed McKinley. He said: "I have been selected by a number of prominent people in tho state to run, but my candidacy depends upon matters largely personal aud privnte. The oftlcxt ia worthy any man's ambition." Widow of HUbop Valll I* Itawl. TOHEKA, July 28.—Th« vtmerablo Ellen L. Bowman Vuill, widow of the late Bishop Vuill, tho flrst bishop of tho Episcopal church in Kuiwos, aud daughter of the Into Bishop Samuel Bowman of Pennsylvania, in dead. Mrs. Vuill wus it grout uurTorer aud for 15 yean bad boon totally blind. Admi» Hold Uvvr. O'NKiix, Nob., July as.—William Aduius, ox-cashier of tho defunct Holt County bunk, was given a. preliminary hearing. Uo was admitted to bail iu tho luui uf ftUO until tho October term of tho district court. BS DRINK f,W\r i i.'.i WfcMUMU iiVw-N FREfc TO DHINKEKS Of UON (B»Ff SB •feSBsS S Heah | Running Cures S, Sores, i the Serpent's Sting. vii CONTAGIOUS i n al , , ts 8tage , com p, etely w HI linn finiCnU eradicated by 9. 8, S. Ob-ft UlOuD POISON stlnate eores and ulcentt i — *vmsmm yield to Its healing powers// i lt roiunvca the. {lolsonand buildaup the syitemil A viiluah.c treatise on the disease and its treatment^ mulled free. SWIFT SPECIFIC CO., Atlanta,Ga. H. C. STEVENS & SON. M/ll'LE GROVE « BREEDING FARM x Short horn icattleand Poland China hogt jar Young 1 Stock for Sale. Carroll la. McNEILL & CO., DEALERS IN MARBLE and GRANITE Tombstones and Headstones OFFICE AND YAHD6, WEST END OF FOTTRTTI RTBEET. CARROLL. • ' tOW A. NEW LIFE FOR MANKIND. WISE'S PELLETS The Greatest Remedf known to science for diseases of the NERVES. BLOOD anil BRAIN (the important 3 fund (tons of The nimtomy that should act in unison.) Quarantttd to permanently cure Nervous Pro«- tratlon, Somhml Weakness, Failing Slcmory, Broken Sleep or Ifcsllessness, Hcnduoiie, General Lassitude or Debility, LOST MANHOOD, Nightly Emissions, VarTcocele. Spermatorrhoea; Wnxnlns and all tho evil ell'ccts of youthful errors, overwork anil over-indulgence of any nature. // lonte up tht entire system and creates new vigor iu mind anil doily (of either eex.) __ NO CHARGE UNLESS CURED. Cost of Certain Cure, tl to S">. Advice and circulars free. If you suiter write lo us and we will tell you tho best remedy for your case. THE WISE PELLET CO., 81 S. Clark St., CHICAGO. The Great Chinese Doctor. An Interview with Dr. Gee Wo Chan, World's Fair Commissioner,' Sent by the Chinese Government to the United States-He Will Now Remain Here. "Wondering why til the people ' •bout Ihli UIHM, wo found Itwa* bynieejK ot bit buudrednof raro mul wonderful ciiiNfum lutHtuiis tbal liu euro* people given up to ate by oilier phy» alclan*. '•UKK Wo CHAN It toe cretiatt doctor who ev«r caiuo f rum Chin*. Ho uiada nucli • reputation In bin uiitlvo country Uiul tliu CUISKSI: UUVKIINMKNV •out him lo Iliij United Bute* M WorlU'i Pair Com- iiilMlouyr, audio Inventlsitto other MKI>ICAI.SVS> TKUS. Uuuyiibowlllnow remain InCulcuyo rur SOOd.MiciiUMinofouimciulfrom hunilrodii uf tixtii made In htnonlco Ui»» by mo»n» of lilt 'OIIIMKH* srsTEU'of medlclno he can curoTWSNTV-rim a<*> uantudlkaiue* lou.SKcurwl ur»uy alliur moiUod. IIK rumixlleiikro all VKUETAUi.it, I'l'iic AND u AUM» Uf«a,»uJdom>i«ruwiii>>-wl>ero «Uu builnOblnt, "Uo •»y«tlmlF.iTAUKU. thoiirimt Amerlcnu dlt> euo wblcli l*wi bunlfor AiuorU'un rtoolori lo OTKii rollovo, bewlllourv furll(i,nnJnll>uiiimi'li trouble*. iiuniullurliowliad.Uowllli'i'iiKtxiHk'lioulWTOIli. "All priv»iou;l«oa}it»nruoa»llyoYor\Miuo»uil cured by blm.aiid kldnairllvuruiul iion-oun troublet he will areuul (Uiidj U»TO » c "/lo *lio vtttie* no eurvn »li liueaic* of uitx. MTOUliN mid CUIIJniKX, •ndWII.I.ai'AIUNTKKlu euro 0vury««»oiu ona fourth thv lluiurwinlrwlliy ottiur ukruldiiiK. And •• ha tm* Jfoint HKiu'iuu CUINtin luiiTiiimUiiiMUt him In hUomeo, bo can M>lly banill« Uiu huudr«U» ut poople wbo iteUf •rl»« to bVni. r * '•lloounwkll dl»oa§»»of w»mi'n vluiuut kXAM> .-licoumry.bullliouiiuudi uf vi'itri uU lu Cblua, AtlaaUyuucoil«rltu lo lilui.nint ho VurUior.»»!«if you wlUiuioumri'uio bo will loll you »ll aOoui yourtulr, ruts of I'll .unit:. lu,w louy u will iMo.ut euro you, Uiovb»ruu. do. CliluaU tuOOl-OIWTclTih U»d vuunlry In tbo wvi M, uiul uii account of bjr iiiaryvloui iwrvu of lueukim-a tho liu* over iSO.- UUXuiOof iKXiplo. lir.iivuWoCuauuft T»ry im. paluvtlo WKII and waui. 10 rvllevo aU aumiiioii ou> luanlly, ami lio »»y* no rau imroall uf luoiu wltaout tbvlr loavliui Inulr liuivux, »iut a> hit quargw* tr« very n>a»uiiabl«b»UivU»«allio write to ulw. •«• olo>liui M i rout ttaiun for reply, amt ha auuni« ovury ouu ut u pniuiin aud ulruuv am*«r." OieWoChifl'sChimsiMiMiCi. 1TI W»fc«rt AV«., ear. Vtt» !•*«», HIU 4, CHICAGO, IU.

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