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The Kin Seraania. 1 CHAPTEEK 1. U and 111—Rose Revel a nurse In London was caned to ttie bedside of Mr. Hu&k at Liverpool. CHAPTER IV. OSE Revel's heart. beat high with excitement as, in obedience to the command of the sick man, she crossed the room to the wardrobe and unlocked it, candle In band. Every glance of the patient's eyes, every tone of flls voice, interested her, and impressed her with a strong sense that he was a person of some note in the world. He spoke like one used to command, llkff one whose orderi, were obtyed without the slightest effort or hesitation. These impressions were deepened when she opened the wardrobe, for the first thing on which her eyes foil was a traveling cloak lined with soft, dark fur, which a few momenta' scrutiny, aa •he pretended to hunt for the coat which contained the sick man's purse, proved to be formed of sable tails. Roie knew something about furs, aid •he decided that it would be a safe ETiess to estimate the value of the lining •t Beven or eight hundred guineas. The »«t thing she touched was an overcoat, lined throughout with a fine close fur which she did not know. "No, no," said the sick man Impatiently, "it is not either of those. It is a little' coat— of velveteen, and It hangs alone." Rose found it and felt in the pockets. A Bilk handkerchief fell out, soft and finely woven, with a coronet and J. K. embroidered in the corner. She picked It up and resumed her search. "Bring it to me," said the sick man. Rose obeyed and stood waiting be•Ide the bed while he emptied the contents of the pockets before him. A gold chased elgarette-case, a match- DOX of similar material and design, a few loose papers and cards, a gold pencil-case with a large diamond at the end, three sovereigns, a handful of silver, and a handsome morocco purse and pocket-book mounted in silver gilt,were the principal objects which Rose noticed as the thin hands tumbled them all out in a heap, and held out the pocket-book and purse towards her. "Here are notes in this," said the sick man in a low, eager voice as he held •out the pocket-book: "English notes, plenty. And in that," he pointed to the purse, "there is gold, much gold. Give give, do not spare. Only send the woman away who was sent for to nurse me, and bid her say nothing of It." As his exclterrent Increased the foreign accent with which he spoke became more and more distinguishable, and for the first time he seamed to choose his words with the alternate hesitation and Uurry of a person speaking in a language not his own. "Oh, sir, you need not give me all this!" said Rose, offering to return the pocket-booX. "If I may take the purse - " "Take both— all- It may be Me ° r death to me," interrupted the sick man. "Send her away quick, quick, before he comes." Greatly purpled, and not without a msplcion that her patient's chief trouble might prove 10 be with the brain, after all. Rose Revel, who had left the Manageress of the hotel all this time •t the door, slipped both pocket-boox and purse into her pocket. Then she removed the coat and its scattered contents on the sofa, and with a last look at her patient and a reassuring smile •went out Into the corridor quickly, but without hurry. "I must, apologize tor keeping you waiting here so long," she said, "but you know one must study an Invalid's fancies, and my patient detained me. And I am very sorry that my mistake has caused you all this trouble." The manageress was good-humor«d, and accepted her apologies readily. "Mistakes can't always be avoided, especially when one is tired after a Journey." After a short pause, as they walked downstairs together, she went on: "And how is the difficulty to be got over? Who is going to be nurse?" "I nm. The— the gentleman wishes it. Bye-the-bye. I don't know his name; can you tell me?" "No. The gentleman who came with him only gave his own— Mr. Silchester." "Oh!" Each wished to agk the other some questions: each hesitated to do so. They went a few steps further in silence. Then their eyes met furtively. "I — I think, at least I mean I am sur* I feel glad that it is you who ar« going to stay, and not the other one." "Indeed!" said Rose with interest. "Tea. She is quite a strange-look- isf person for a nurse, and — well, you will see and Judge for yourself. Yet •h« showed me the telegram which brought her, and it certainly looked mil right. And it was signed 'Frank Sllehester.' Bat she ii a rery strange- locking peraoa." "•tranger-looktng than I?" asked ROM, glancing at her with a smile. The mana|«r«aa looked rather «n- •Diwered quickly. "I own," she went on, smiling in her turn, as a further scrutiny of the nurse's face showed her botb intelligence and feeling in tha great black eyes, "that at first sight of you I was not greatly prepossessed in your favor." "Nobody is," said Rose. "But then there's a lovely surprise in store for them when they find that my character doesn't match my eyebrows." "You have a lovely voice," said the manageress, laughing. "Some people object to that too, as being too deep-toned for a woman." After a short pause, just as they were reaching the ground floor, her curiosity got the better of her, and she suggested rather diffidently: "There is something about this case which seems to me quite mysterious." The manageress glanced at her quickly: "You mean—do you mean that this gentleman seems to you what one might call a suspicious character?" "Oh, no, oh no, I certainly didn't mean 'that. But I should like to se« the other one, the gentleman who came with him." "There is nothing mysterious or underhand about him," replied the other promptly. "Mr. Silchester is quite one of the nicest gentlemen I have ever met, kind and open in his manners, and very polite. The poor gentleman upstairs had just lost his only son, and was almost mad with grief when luckily he met with Mr. Silchester." "Here?" interrupted Rose. "No, in London, I believe. Mr. Silchester imagines from what he says that the son Is really dead; but the gentleman has an idea that he Is alive, and that he has been decoyed away to America, and he proposed to follow and hunt for him." "Only when he got here he sprained his ankle?" "Yes, just as he was leaving the hotel to go on board the ship, he slipped and fell as he was coming down the stairs, and Mr. Silchester ordered him to be carried upstairs again." "Doesn't It seem to you a mysterious sort of a thing?" "Mysterious! Oh, so many people who come to hotels do things which might seem mysterious to anyone not used to the business. If we were to inquire into the affairs of every person who comes here and behaves a little out of the common, we might as well call ourselves a detective agency at once. Look," she added In a low voice, as they came near the office, outside which a woman was standing: "That's the woman who says she is sent as nurse." Rose Revel could scarcely repress an exclamation of amazement "There must be some mistake, surely," she murmured only just loudly enough for the manageress to hear. "That woman was never sent as a qualified nurse!" "Well, go and ask her." And with that the manageress slipped through the little half-door into her office, and left the rival nurses to settla matters between themselves. CHAPTER V. OSE approached the other woman with some diffidence. She saw in a moment that, whatever the profession of the newcomer might have been, it had never been sick nursing. Rose took her for a Frenchwoman. She was rather tall, very stout, dressed in shabby black. She wore a thick veil, but through it Rose Revel's keen eyes could ! corners or ner eyes, ana alter a paus« i answered cautiously: "Mr. Silchester will tell me dat/- "Of course. You know Mr. Silches- | ter, don't you?" I The woman appeared to resent this ! examination, and to be uneasy under i It But she answered: "Not very well. But Madame do." "Ah, yes, Madame Landeghem?" "Yes." "Well, Mr. Silchester expected you a little earlier, and he has had to en- i gage another person." "Earlier! Earlier! He expect me earlier! But how? I came as quick as I can," Interrupted the woman volublr- | "Weil, he seems to think he was a : little too impatient.- for he has sent '. me to apologize to you " "I want no apologize. I want my work I was to do. I want my money!" cried the Belgian excitedly. "That you shall have. See!" And Rose Revel produced the purses given her by the sick man. This action at o.ice had a soothing effect on the other woman. "Your fare to London and back again —twice sixteen-and-sixpence, that will be thirty-three shillings. And you would have been here a week at five guineas. Here are ten pounds. Are you satisfied?" "Oh, yes," answered the woman readily, as If greatly relieved by this release from her engagement, "dat is quite right. I tell Madame, and dat will be ' quite right." I "I am very sorry you she'ild have j had the trouble of this Journey tor nothing," said Rose cordially. "You must let me find out a train to take ! you back, and give you some refreshments." Rose was anxious to get the woman out of the hotel, and she immediately led the way into the station dining- 1 room, summoned a waiter to receive her companion's orders, and proceeded to find out a train to take her back to London. The next train did not start until 11:15, and she felt rather puzzled what to do with her charge until then. But on returning to the table where ehe had left the pseudo-nurse, she found that the lady had enjoyed the repast she had ordered so fully and freely as to have become exceedingly I sleepy; and on learning that she had j three hours to wait for her train, she at once expressed her intention of taking a nap in the waiting-room to fill up ! the time. i "Very well," said Rose. "Then you ' weed not trouble yourself to notice how i the time goes by, for I will call you ,' myself, when you ought to be getting ready." The woman, who seemed to be a .' stolid and unintelligent person, evidently thought herself lucky to be saved the trouDle of taking the initiative in i anything. She thanked Rose quite un| suspiciously and even gratefully, set] tied herself in a corner of a sofa in I the waiting-room and went off to sieep j before her watchful and attentive com! panion left the room. This person disposed of, Rose hastened back to her patient. He was lying quite still, with his eyes closed, and with the old expression of gloom and despair upon his face. He neither moved nor spoke when she entered, but as she settled herself in an armchair by the fire, she'notlc'ed that he half-opened his eyes and looked long and fixedly at her, evidently under the impression that he was unobserved. So she remained for more than half an hour leaning back in her chair, pretending to look at the fire, but keeping a watch on her patient by means of the dressing-table mirror. At last he called softly: "Nurse!" She rose and came at once to hi* bedside. He looked up into her face •with a most pathetic expression of forlorn helplessness, as he spoke to her. "I am a dying miserable old man, and my wits are not, I think, at their best Perhaps I have done wrong to trust you so much." "If you would like to have the nurse who was sent for to you, it is not yet too late; she is downstairs, waiting for ! the London train, and I can fetch her i In a moment. But I strongly advise you, sir, not to do so, as I am convinced that she is not a properly ctuall- fied person." The sick man's face quivered with, a : grim smile. "Perhaps she .understood the duties required better than you do. However," woman seemed nervous, bowed with an awkward flourish, and stood half-bashfully, haU-defiantly, waiting for the other to speak first Rose Revel's face and figure were of a commanding sort, and her great black eyes bad a way "Oh, ih« to i* Hk« ym at all," body with whom she spoke, as If they would draw out every secret of her interlocutor by magnetic: attraction. "You have c?ine by tie request at Mr. Silchester, nave you not?" aske<£ Ros*. in a subdued voice, "to nurse a gentleman who is 113?" "Yes, dat Is what I come for. Her* ii de- telegram," answered the woman, with a strong Belgian accent. In an aggressive tone. Rose took the telegram and read it through. It was addressed to "Mrs. Landeghem. No. 471 Freak Street, Soho." The message was as follows: "Send person you can trust implicitly to nurse sick man. Frank Silchester, "Edinburgh South-Western Hotel, "Liverpool." There was nothing in the least suspicious about the wording of this; but then Freak Street, Soho, seemed an odd place to get a. sick-nurse from. However, Rose smiled and gave back the telegram with a nod of entire satis- factlon. "Ye«, that's Quite right," she said. "Of course they told yon all about th« wopiM looked at her out of, i and so—and so—" "Of the two evils you would choose the less—a clever, cruel person, rather than a simply incompetent one." "Perhaps your face is not a true_index. Indeed I begin to think that it ' is not. And if you have a grain of ' heart, you will be moved to let your ' clever head help me." j Rose put out one of her long, delicate hands, and held it with warm, Irm pressure on one of the invalid's. | "I will help you in any way I can," ehe answered quietly. ! "Then," said he earnestly, in such a low voice that she had to bend her head : to catch the words, "when he comes in do not be too kind to me—and—and do not know too much about nursing." | Rose assented, more puzzled than ever by this strange case. One question she felt she must ask, as it might throw light on the patient's mental ; condition, concerning which she began to have grave doubts. | "Who is he, this man, you think you have so much reason to fear?" • The answer was decidedly unsatisfactory. "I don't know." • Then It occurred to Rcs« that her unfortunate patient must b« an escaped lunatic whose brain had been turned by misfortune, and the man he dreaded must be his keeper or guardian. This supposition, however, left the licit man'? poiMMlon et a larfejram of mo|» *y unaccounted' ror, ana am not expiarn the engagement a« nurse of such a pe»- •on as the woman she had left down- itairs. She could do nothing but pacify jne would do everything he wished; and wait eagerly for the appearance of the aiysterious Mr. Silchester. Rose was not kept long in suspense, she had "scarcely re-seaied herself b> in ft fire, after prevailing upon her patient to take some beei-tea which she had prepared for him, when there was a light knock at the door, and, as she raised her head and prepared to rise, the handle was turned softly and a man's face appeared, peeping into the room. "I may come in. may 1 ict? Ah, that's right. 'You're there, nurse, I see. I am Mr. Silchester." "Yes, sir," said Rose, rising, "I'Te been here more than two hours." She was trembling from head to fojt, and her knees knocking together. Yet she could not tell why. For all she knew was, that this was the man she had stepped out oi the way to avoid on the staircase, and a pleasanter, less formidable midd'e-aged gentleman, of good appearance and perfect manners, she had certainly never seen. His gloves were so spotless, his clothes fitted so well, his iron-grey hair and beard were trimmed with such judicious regard to effect, that she was inclined to tMnk him a little too much like an animated fashion plate for a middle-aged English gentleman, until the charm of his pleasant voice and courteous manner insensibly won upon her, so that within a few minutes of his entrance his faultless trimnesa seemed to be only in harmony with his dignified and courtly movements, and with the delicate precision of his «pe«ch. On one point she was at once satisfied. Whether the glck man was In. his right nlnd or not, Mr. Silchester was certainly not the keeper of a lunatic. Rose had relations among the English aristocracy, of whom she had just experience enough to know that Mr. Silchester's iii.nners, suave without being servile, dignified and yet not stiff, were those of a courtier. He went to the bedside, examined with solicitude the face of the patient, who was now lying with his eyes closed pretending to be asleep. After raising the sick man's hand softly, feeling his pulse, and bending over him to listen to his breathing, Mr. Silchester came to the fire, gracefully waved his hand to the nurse, w'\o was still standing, with an intimation that she was to be seated, and, drawing a chair to the opposite side of the hearthrug, bent towards her in a confidential manner, and opened conversation in a low- pitched voice. It was quite a remarkable voice, Mr. Silchester's, so very soft and caressing in its tones, and withal so clear that every syllable dropped cle».r as th". stroke of a bell unon tha ear. Rose Revel was fascinated by tni» courtly gentleman, who spoke to her with a deferential smile, as if the mere fact of her being a woman was enough to secure his respectful homage. He had full hazel eyes, too, the beauty and brilliancy of which were not properly apparent to his companion until they sat thus close to each other and face to face. Rose felt that her great black eyes were drawn irresistibly, as if by mesmeric action, to the hazel eyes of her companion, that she could not withdraw them, even if she had wished it, and that every movement of his slim white hards, gesticulating somewhat freely as he talked, had a charm for her which her struggling efforts proved unable to resist. "Yt«u have my telegram?" he asked, as an opening. Hose had ta«:cn the precaution to get It from the other woman; she now produced it and handed it to Mr. Silchester without a word. He read it through with apparent carelessness, and threw it into the fire as he went on talking. "Have you ever been employed as a sick nurse before?" "Yes," answered Rose, thinking that was enough to admit. "In cases where a great deal of responsibility was involved?" "Yes." "And I have no doubt you, have always given complete satisfaction?" "I hope so." said Rose. ! ~£~~~ [TO BE CONTINUED.] Braiding and On cloth gowns for demidress wear braiding in tan and gold is much employed, and black and steel appear on gowns of prelate purple and danish blue. Some of the gray wool gowns axe decorated with rows of black velvet or gimp in dark shades of red, and it is quite noticeable among the imported models that the skirt and waist are so trimmed that- the effect is of a garment cut in one continuous length, the gimp or velvet bauds carried from shoulder to corsage edge, and upon the dress skirt just beneath this edge begins a similar band that is carried down the skirt. Similar bands are added to the skirt in broken lengths, and this is a, stvle to bo particularly commended to rather scouc women or those who are short waiited.—Exchange. A Candidate J?or President. A candidate for the presidency in 1900 will be Mrs. Josephine K. Henry, who •wishes to be nominated on the prohibition and agnostic tickets. With her election there would be no further opposition to extending the franchise to women, the Dingley tariff law would be repealed, the government would become the owner of coal mines, railways, telegraph and telephone lines, social functions would be abolished or simplified, and Sabbath observance would be discouraged. Mrs. Henry is a Kentucky woman of education and many accomplishments. While she is a prohibitionist she will not be connecced with any other order and even refuses to join the Wiarrien'a Christian Temperance —New York Tribune. KNIGHTS OF MALTA. Supreme Commander of the Order I» AioerlcA—Commandery Notes. The new supreme commander of the Ancient and Illustrious Order of Knight* of Malta, Sir E. \V. Samuel, M. D., o£ Mount Carmel. Pa., "'as born 40 years , ago, and is a graduate of the Jefferscm ' Medical college. Philadelphia. He is « SIR EDMUND W. SAMUEL, member of the Pennsylvania State Medical society, a past grand in the Odd Fellows, a past regent and district deputy grand in the Hoyai Arcanum and a member of the Elks. Sir Samuel is a-iso treasurer of the Central Pennsylvania Building and Loan association. The new supreme commander possesses 'marked executive ability, tact and courage, and the Ancient and Illustrious Order of Knights of Malta is to be congratulated that its destinies are to be directed by so able a leader. During the past year 27 commandories and 5,000 members were added to the order, the growth beinK equal to that of any previous term of equal length. Tbe supreme commander traveled over 6,000 miles last year in tbe discharge of his duties. The next, meeting of the supreme com- mandery will be held at Washington on the third Tuesday of October, 1898. During the past year 110 members died and 12 were expelledf The total membership of the order at last report was 20,343. Grand commanderies have been estab- .ished in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Minnesota. The order was introduced into Massachusetts in May. 1896, and there are now 2? subordinate commanderies with over 4,100 members. MASONIC. A Brother In Distress Is Entitled to Aid. East, Went and South. The grand lodge of Indiana has at all times contended "Jid held that a Mason in distress is entitled to aid and assistance from the fraternity wherever he may be at, the time of his need, and that, as a matter ol" law, his lodge is not bound to make any restitution, though it may always do so at its own option.—Grand Master of Indiana. The Order of Eastern Star now numbers in the United Statue about 125,000 members. The Masonic veterans of Kentucky compose an organization to which none is admitted who has not been an affiliated Master Mason for 21 years. The grand master of tbe grand lodge of Quebec has issued a proclamation, declaring the lodge reeuntly established in Montreal by the grand orient of France to be clandestine. Detroit comroandery, No. 1, the best drilled organization in the world, has completed arrangements for attending the twenty-seventh triennial conclave of the Knights Templars at Pittsburg next October ' St. Louis chapter has a sword which was presented tc the chapter by Companion Vaucourt- over 50 years ago. The relic w:i? captured at the storming of Stony Point in 1777 by Companion Vancourt's grand lather, who was a surgeon in the Cout-i nental army. There are 31 lodges of Masons in Ham;; ton county, O. California Masons number 18,808 ir 267 lodges. Six new lodges and 600 mm*, bers were added last year. Ex-grand master of Masons of Kansas. James H. McCall of Wichita has the aprui. George Washington used to wear at M;; sonic lodge meetings. Lafayetttealso wor^ it at one time. In the United States there are 27.(-;~ Royal and Select Masters. The total number of Royal Arch Masor.:; according to the lust reports of grand chap t«rs, is lS2,a;!S. a net gam since the las; triennial report of 14.316- The Scottish Rite Masons of the south era jurisdiction ha= a membership ol auui.: 20,000. Apollo commandcry Knights Templar.-. No. 1, of Chicago, wi!! not partic-ipan- ::; the triennial conclave of the order to :_•<.held in Pittsburg next October In Maryland it is the rule to require tin.- master elect of a lodge to pass a s;a;s!;a- tory examination in Masonic junipruuenn before be can be instaiic-d Red Men. The Improved Order of P.ed Men has <.;>• preprinted sU.uuu. wu.> tc .-iiflVring h u>::-< ;:- ;ty Ic has foriiOitci: itrel: in '.;:'.ie'ji _-." .•' trouble. 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