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No other newspaper baa to much varied and apeoial matter for Jta weekly e4itjoD aa THB WOBLD, and wa feel that in offering BOTH PAPERS FOR $2 We are giving oar anbaoriben tbe beat premium we oonld offer than. Don't delay, bnt aend in your subscription at onoe. Remember, The New York World and The Weekly Sentinel For Only 92 for One "Sear. THE SENTINEL. Carroll, Iowa. YOU CANT LIVE •All-TU/MIT A I IWaTDT HOW'S YOUR MVCRf WITHOUT A 1.1 VKKI A «j C YOUR KIDNEYS AURIOHT? OOC8 YOUR BACK ACHE? ARE YOU WEAK ANOTHIN? DOES YOUR SLEEP REST YOU? ARE YOU DULL AND BILIOUS? MARVELOUS SUCCESS has attended the us© of DrJJ, MEAN'S .Ma BALM. All who use It say it i» The Peerless Remedy for curing all Ailments OF THE LlVta, KIOHKYS AW BUQQER, FEMALE TROUBLES, . RHEUUATISM MO BRIGHT'* DISUSE. ftriatttfaHfirit'Clatniealtri, PRICC, fl.OO 4 iOTUt. Tlii Pr. J. N. NoLui itllclit Co,, si, um, m, Green Bay Lumber Company CHAPTEK X. When I told Dr. Merrick of my good fortune in finding Rose . Strent, or," to use her stage name, Rose Qernou, he was considerably astonished. Tho case had taken hold of him so completely that he could think of nothing else. He had a large practice and attended fairly well to his patients, bnt informed me that he did so in a mechanical fashion, more or less, as his brain was bugy With the Fen inn mystery. We were now wonderfully familiar, considering the short period of our acquaintance, but this was doubtless due to the interest we both took in the case. "Upon my word, Denham," said Merrick, rubbing his head irritably, "I wish you had not come near me with your hallucinations. Instead, of attending to my business, I think of nothing bnt your mysteries. The sooner we unravel this riddle the better will it be for me. You are an idle bachelor, so it does not matter much to yon, but I am a busy medical man, and this infornal business worries me greatly. At this moment I ought to be attending to a patient, instead of which I am wasting my tim with you." "Shall I go away?" "No, confound you!* I wish to see the end of this affair, or I'll get no peace of mind. It is too late to remedy the matter, so I must have my curiosity allayed by learning all the ins and outs of this enigma. Come, let us begin. Ton have found Rose Streut?" ' ' Yes. She is a "burlesque ; actross r.nd plays at the Frivolity theater. Her name in the programme is set down ae 'Rose Oernon, but this is doubtless her name. Rose Stroiit is her real Lumber and Coal, ™"»l» Wh 1 w •jWWRH^^ 1(PP |fwt(piPWIw PWPI p (^PPWiPt H$v iiardt north of Carroll milk, OftiroU,IowA. "I'm not so sure of that, " said Herrick sharply. "If she went into that Pen inn business with her eyes open, she doubtless took a false name, so as to baffle inquiry. " "Then what about the landlord, who called himself Edward Strent?" "Oh, we must find out all about him aleo. No doubt his name is false also. Did he look like her father?" "Well, I can't say that there was much likeness between them. He looked to me like a valet. " "A valet, " muttered Merrick reflectively. "Qneerl I wonder if he really was a valet— valet to Folix. " "In that case he'll be with him now. " ' 'It is not impossible. He has Felix in bis power and con stay on just -as he likes. It's my opinion he'll stay till he's pensioned off. Case of blackmail, I fancy." "I think Rose Gernon ia blackmailing Felix also." "Quite so. What else can he expect? Or else," added Merriok, looking straight at me, "it's a cose of love and marriage." "What! Do yon think Felix promised to many Rose if she helped him to get rid of his brother?" "I think he might lead her to believe he would do so. " "This is absurd, Merriok," said I sharply. "Fell* to in love with Olivia. The motive of the orime was to gain possession of Olivia's hand. Rose would not help Felix if "she knew that " "Precisely. If she knew it. But it's my opinion that she does not know it I believe Felix gulled her into belief that he would marry her if she gave her assistance, but be has not the slightest intention of keeping his promise." "And what excuse conld ho make for wishing to murder his brother?" "Ah, there you have met I don't know that Of course you and I are aware of 'the real motive of the crime, bnt Rose is ignorant of it She thinks she. knows, no doubt, bnt I'm certain she been pnt off witb a lie. " "But he can't keep the information from her for ever, fiven if he keeps quiet, some one ia hound to tell bar that Felix if) engaged to Miss Bellin." "There you are wrong," said Mer- riok, with grim jocularity. "Every one think* Francis is engaged to Miss Bellin." "Yes, bnt Rose Geruon knows well enough that Francis is dead, and that the engaged man must be Felix posing as Francis." "There's some truth in that," admitted tho doctor, looking puzzled. "I suppose be must have kept that fact from her so for, as I don't nee what possible explanation ho could give 'hor. " "Always assuming shu is in love witb him," said I musingly. "Ob, as to that, I ft* certain it if 90. A woman like Rose. Qoruou drawing • good salary would not mix herself up in such a dangerous business merely for money. There is a stronger motive, and that is lovo. I'll lay any thing," continued Merriok, in sporting phrase, "I'll lay anything that ebo is madly in love with tbe fellow." "Well, and Olivia, thinking Pqlix Francis, loves biu» madly uluo. If those two women come together, there will be trouble for Felix. " "Eureka I" cried tho doctor, jumping op excitedly, "tbo very thing. When thieves full out— you know tho adage. Let us bring the two womuu together and «»e the upshot. " "There will simply bo u row, I "What ia tho HBO of Unit?" "This, " retorted M wrick nharpJy~ "that when JKose finds slut hus boau betrayed she will rovuul nil i hu m ovjtof revenge and assure Felix is uot Frauds. " "Th*t'« not a bod. Idea, Men^) ftl«> it might occur that Olivia reveals something in her turn." ' 'Impossible. Sho can't possibly know the man's villainy, else she Would not think of marrying him." I suppose uot, and yet," 1 added reflectively, "I wouldn't be surprised if she were cognizant of Felix's movements on the 10th and llth. Sho certainly stuck up for him in the most amazing manner at tho first interview." "Of course she did, because she believes he is Francis. Depend upon it, doctor, she knows nothing, and if We bring her and Rose together there will be a revolution attd a revelation." "It's worth trying at all events. Bnt how can it bo managed?" "By working on tho natural jealousy of the sex. Tell Olivia that Folix receives a woman in his rooms every evening." "Oh, hang it, Merrick," said I, reddening, "it wouldn't be delicate even to a married woman, let alone a girl." "Of course I don't mean yon to pnt it to her in that barefaced manner,'' said Merrick hastily, "but handle the matter delicately. Wrap it np in sugar. I leave U to yonr own judgment. In any case yon must rouse the jealousy of Miss Olivia Bellin and induce her to come with yon to the chambers of Fe lix when he is interviewing Rose." . "She wouldn't come without her mother." "Then bring her mother along with you. This is a serious matter, and it doesn't do to be squeamish." ' 'Then do it yourself,'' said I angrily. "I!" said he, taken aback. "No. I don't know Miss Bellin. Yon are the proper person. Besides it's better that she should know the truth, even at the cost of a shook to her delicacy, than be tied to a brute like Felix, as she certainly will be." "Not if Rose can help it" "She can't help it if she doesn't know. And the only way to spoil the game of Folix is to bring the two women face to face. Their mutual jealousy will do the rest, and instead of going to the altar Felix Briarfield will find himself bound for the scaffold." "True enough. Well, I'll try, Merrick, bnt it's a job I don't lika " He laughed at my scruples and tried to show me that I was really doing Olivia & service in being so plain spoken, but in spite of all his arguments I departed from his house in low spirits, I did not relish the idea of interviewing Olivia on so delicate a subject, yet I saw it was imperative and therefore made np my mind to carry through the business at whatever cost of personal inconvenience to myself. That is the worst of being an amateur detective. One's feelings are not under sufficient oontroL The next day I called at Swansea square and sent up my card to Olivia. As it so happened, her mother hod gone down to Hurlingham with Felix, and she remained at borne on the plea of a headache. She sent down a message to the effect that she waa unwell and asked me to excuse her, but I r_-ibbled a few lines on my card asking partira- iarly to see her. This time the servant returned with the inf ornwUon that Mlaa Bellin would see me for .* few minute* and I was shown k <> the drawing room. I felt nervous, bu determined to go through with tbe matte., managed to screw up my courage. It »tt a nnpleartntlask, buTvery tuee*> •• wanted to attain my object When Miss Belliu entered, ,1 not suppress a start, so changed was she n outward appearance. As I said before, she was a tall, well developed and very beautiful woman, but now she had prown thin, and her face wore an anx- ons expression. I could not help think* ug that she knew something about the rogedy at tbe lone inn, as I oonld cou- leoture no other Mason for her ill health ind manifest discomposure. She oaine forward, with a nervous smile, and greeted mo in a low voice. "My mother and Mr. Briarfleld have gone to Hurliughain," she said, sitting down on a lounge near which my chair was placed. I am uot sorry for that," I answered gravely, "as I wish to see you alone," What is tho matter, Mr. Deuham? Save you anything very terrible to tell me?" "I think it is terrible." "About Francis?" she demanded aux iously. "Yes. About Francis." "Surely you are not going/to begin again about that foolish matter you spoke of at Marnbuiiustor." "No, It is not about that" Olivia passed her handkerchief across her lips and gave a sigh of relief. Tbe expression of her faou was so strange that I was more than ever oowviucod suspected tbo broth. "1 am glad you have given over th« mad idea about Francis being Felix,* abe said at length. "I oauuot conceive what made you toko up so utrajige » be lint U>ul4v Iu 4,1 Rltl.ll! " I aaw ask her if she Was aware of the tenth, bat on reflection I judged it beat to lot events ovolvo themselves. Fate coald manage theso things better than a inci-o mortal. I knov,- yon would see him there," she said coldly, "but I Cannot conceive why j-on should desire to convince yourself that I spoke truly." "Because, Miss Bellin, 1 believe that the mntt who calls himself Francis is really Folix." "The same old story," she said ittv patiently. "You nro mad. If yon saw Felix in Paris, you must be convinced that yott ate making a mistake." "Well, Miss Bellin, we will waive that point for the present. I will call the man to whom you are engaged Francis." "As he is," she interpolated imperiously. I let the remark pass and went on With my speech. ' 'Yon will no donbt think me highly impertinent, bnt I wish to warn you against the so called Francis Briarfield." "What do you mean, sir?" "Simply this: While at the Fen inn I was waited on by a woman who called herself Rose Stront. That woman is now in town acting at the Frivolity theater under tho name of Rose Gernon." "And What have I to do with such a creature?" she asked in a trembling voice. • "Nothing, bnt yonr lover has everything to d.o with her." "Mr. Denham!" * We were both on our feet by this time, and she was looking at me with wrathful, eyes. The crisis I so dreaded had come, but it was now too late to retreat, and there was no help for it bnt to go on. "Be angry with me if yon like, Mis* Bellin," I said as soon as I was able, "but it is in your own interest i speaK. "My own interest!" . "Yes. Thia woman Rose Oeruonis in love with Francis B"—— "No, no!" she mnrmnred, her face growing white. "Yon are making a mistake!" "It is true," I said doggedly, "she was with him at his chambers yester day evening at 8 o'clock. She will be there tomorrow evening at the same time. I learned that fact todny." "Did you come here to insult me, sir?" asked Olivia in a voice tremulous with rage. "I came here to do you a service, bnt if you look upon it in 'the light of an insult I may as well take my. leave." "Stop, sir!" she said, placing herself before'me. "You shall not leave the room till I am convinced of the truth of your statement. Why should Francis meet Rose Goruou?" "Why should Rose Gernon play the part of awaiting maid at the Fen inn?" I retorted. "How can I tell?" "To further the schemes of the man who is to marry you, Miss Bellin. She loves him, and he loves her." "No! I tell you it is impossible. I trust him. I love him. Ho could not be sucTi a meau villain." "I can prove to yon that what I say iatrno." "Do so, and I will believe it If it is L?u>," she muttered, clinching her nut, lV f.'i. <t ia true, I shall bitterly punish K!r. / the'deception." ,, '' ,ome with me tomorrow evening at clock to 'Briarfiold's rooms in Jeru street, and I'll engage yon shall them together." ''If I thought BO—bnt, no," she said, ireakiug off ' impetuously. "I cannot come. How can I—how con I?" "Ask Mrs. Bellin to come with yon," suggested. "I cannot do that" She looked at me strangely for a moment, then walked to the other end of be room. When she returned, her face waa flashed with anger. 'Why do you come here with these nfamons tales, air?" she cried excited- y. "I do not believe yon." 'Put me to the proof. Come tomorrow evening, and yon shall see for yourself." °Yon an the enemy of the man 1 ove." 'I am the bitter enemy of the man who pretends to love yon because I be- ieve he killed his brother. " "Mr. Denham, I conld tell—but, no, not I must be silent" "What do you moon?" aaked I eagerly, thinking she was about to reveal jer suspicions. Olivia thought for a few moments, then put her hand suddenly into mine, 'Twill bo with you at a quarter to 8 tomorrow, and if it is true what you say—oh, if it is truel" "Here is my cord," said I, forcing it into her baud. "Wear a veil and lief. Felix "I know that, Mint Bellin, him there." This I said in tbe hope of startling her, but she did uot rnovo a musolo « berfuuu. EUhwihowiw koopiugwpl iu baud or was cognisant of tbo fag that Folix bod «ouo to Purl* fur pwputtu of deceiving inc. If «u, she muji faave kuowft ho wu* uot Fruuoin, tuu that my story of tho Juno Jim ti'ug "I irtW ««««•• come to my rooms in Poke street, will await yon »* t*» door, and we wll go to tho ohumbow of this villain." "Ho is no villftilk" "I wy be in, Miss Bollin, and II prove biia to bo so tomorrow." "Do it, "sue said, flxlug we with a glauoo, ''and you shall nee bow bitterly I shall punish hid treachery. Mow go, Mr. Deuhaui, and meet we tomorrow evening iw you have umuigod," I bowed and left the room tw Aa I passed through tho door I loakej hack and saw she baa MTQWA Jjwuel au the «WMb, crying bittarjy, The lift use. "Of floes Bhtv bob^ tVdx tfc tehllf Francis? Well, wl;cii Bh^aadRoBo Ger- Jiou comci face to i'aco, the truth will be revealed." . t < --' Tho trnth was strange* than even I suspected. CHAJPTEit XI. My interview with Olivia . better than 1 expected. If she had ttf- dered mo out of the hotuse, I Would onlf * have looked on it as the just punishment for what most have appeared my, impertinent interference in what did'i not concern me. The very fact that she* • listened so quietly proved that she BUS-- pected Felix was masquerading as her- lover. She could only be assured of thift by overhearing his interview With Rose Gernon and therefore accepted my in<- vitation to go to the Jermyn Street , ;, rooms; If their tenant was Francis, he would resent the intrusion of Rose, bnt. if Folix tho two confederates Would. doubtless talk of their guilty Secret Thanks to a sovereign judiciously be- „ _ stowed on the carokeeper, I had discovered that Rose Gernon intended to visit Felix at 8 o'clock. How the carekeeper " found out I do not know, but in some mysterious way servants seem to gain all information concerning the doings of their superiors. It sufficed for me that Rose would be in the rooms of Felix on this evening, and. that Olivia would catch them in a trap. I had no.' pity for-the guilty pair, bnt I was gen- ninoly soryy for Olivia. She little knew- tho torture she was about to undergo. I did and almost regretted that I had interfered in the matter. However, I consoled myself with the reflection that it, was better for her to suffer a few,honrs'" pain than lifelong misery. That sho agreed to go to Jermyn: street at that hour without a chaperon proved now desirous she was of learning; the truth. Delicately nurtured, gently bred, she must huve felt horrified at the- risk she was running of losing her good; name, bnt seeing that her life's happi- 'ness depended npon knowing all she- flung etiquette to the winds and came. When I found her at the foot of the stairs at 8 o'clock, I admired and respected her from the bottom of my* heart. "Am I late?" she asked, touching my hand with trembling fingers. "Only five minutes, " said I, looking; at my watch. "I have been waiting at the head of the- stairs for that time. However, we can soon walk round to Jermyn street. -'•'• "Do you think any one will know me, Mr. Denham?" said Olivia, taking my arm. "See, I have on a plain dress, and this veil is a thick one. " "No'oiie will reoogniae yon," I answered soothingly. ' 'Nor do I think yon will meet any one of your acquaintances." "I should have brought my mother bnt that I wished her to know nothing of this treachery. If I find I have been deceived, . I shall break off my engagement with Francis. But you will keep silent about my visit, will you not, Mr. Denham?" "No one shall hear a word from me," I answered earnestly. ' ' But keep np yonr- spirits, Miss Bollin. Even .if yon find yon have been deceived there will be- some consolation in knowing that it ia- elix and not Frauds. " • "Ton are wrong there," she replied positively. "It is Francis. I have told on so all along. " . ' I shrugged niy shoulders •without n- ly. Evidently nothing oonld shake her*' aith in the man. All I coald hope for ' was that the two confederates would , tetray themselves. <* "What are yon going to do, Mr. Deni?" asked Olivia anxiously. We will go up to the rooms of Bri- arfleld, " I answered, and there overhear heir conversation. " "Is that not diabouoraUef" she said, shrinking book. , Iu mosf casoait would be, "I replied hastily, "but it does not do to be too lartioular in this matter. If yon break n on them, tbejr may deny everything. Thinking they are •lone, yon will hear tbe troth. Remember, Miss BaAlin, when one deata with a villain one mast beat him with his own weapons. Depend upon it, it is most necessary that we should learn alL " 'They can apeak of nothing I do not know." "Are you aware of the truth?" said. I, somewhat startled by this remark. lam aware of the truth, "aba repeated slowly, and before I could ques- ion her «bo flitted np tbo stairs, There was no time for me to ponder over her words, as it was now past 8 o'clock, and Rose Gernon might descend at any ime. I therefore spoke a few hasty words to the caretaker, telling him I wished to see Mr. Briarfleld, and fol» owed her at once. In two minutes we were both standing before the door of' Jriarileld's room. "It is looked," said Olivia faintly. '•Never mind," answered I, produo- ' ing my latchkey. "This key of mine open* the door. I woo, as you are aware, I great friend of Francis and learned ;hat my key fitted tbo look of his rooms tome time ugo, I have not forgotten (bo circumstances, so it comes in useful now. Seol" I turned the key, and tho door open* ed noiselessly, Motioning to Mist Bel« lilt to precede wo, I followed hor quietly and closed tho door behind pj. We beard the murmur of voice* in the lit' ting room. She as well as I knew its whereabout* thoroughly, Tbo door WM slightly ujur, wid in front of H iteetoh- ed a tall swoeu, witli fretwork at the Stepping through tbe open door in «. gingerly muuuor, we pliwod ourselves directly behind tbe eoreeu, id could both •eeaud bear without 4aug«rol being obnervod. Tb«» for oar euterpriae IMM suooeudud iutheiUQJt ul UUMt- aer, and nothing remained for as to do but to lisUiu to (be iwpwtiwt ppuyer^a< tiuu uuw tnkiug pUwu. Folix, suvuiliug witb bis bAokafa)u»> the uiuutolpioofi, looked iuaioo« «id(i% gry, while ttqio QWMOU, her bwi4i <«|'t (be table, faoad biw flwcely, i?idej»t)y : ,; tbo owtvwdutlou wofi uot prggro»lU>g Ut

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