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THE tJJWPEB DES MOINES: ALGONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 8, 1899, . CHAPTER XIII,— (Continued.) The Rector was the only person ex- fcntlng myself cognizant of Mr. Wld- 'igtOn's failure and discoveries. I very small in the worthy person's esence. 1 had for the second time en outwitted hy a woman, and it was . account of my careless blundering pat the whole work had to begin over ; "Don't tell the ladies," advised the sector; ."keep it from them as long as u can. Miss Elmslie is the veriest ssip, good little soul as she is, and, we have just proved, 'a man's foes re those of his own household;' the ery 'walls have ears, and a bird of he air shall carry the matter!" " con- 'iued Mr. Heathcote, losing all con- ol of himself in the heat of quotation. f Widdrington is to recover the trail jre must be silent as mice." "His groom get-up was capital," I aarked; "it completely took me in." I "Yes," said tho Rector complacently, «Jf, think we did that rather well. But j:did not expect to blind you. When I found you had not recognized Wid- jjrington as soon as you arrived I kept the joke, you know." ,"It is hardly fair, is it," I demurred, fto keep Miss Branscombe in the dark? |belleve she v/ould be discreet." "0f course you do!" laughed Mr. |«athcote. "You would be a sorry |ver if you did not believe that and ferythiug else that is good of her." jl'It may be necessary to put her on |r guard against the lady's maid," I |ggested. "Yes, it may. I hardly know what purse to adopt with regard to tho 'oman," said the Rector thoughtfully, >r how Widdrington has left matters 4th her. It seems to me important to tain her; she may help us if she will. p ell, with regard to Nona, you must JBe your own discretion, Fort; I can- and her eyes gleamed with anger. She rested one hand upon the table, clenching and unclenching the other as she spoke. "I have a few questions to ask you, sir," she commenced, in a significant, quiet tone—"questions I should like answered." "I am at your service," Miss Woodward," 1 responded, putting my papers together with an airy assumption quite at variance with my real feelings. "I want to know," she went on, "if you think it is the action of a gentleman to set a spy upon a respectable young woman, to deceive her by false promises and lies and shameful, double-faced ways and tricks, to get out of her all he wants to know—all for your information, sir"—she was becoming somewhat involved—"and for your pay. I suppose? Is this a gentleman's action, I ask you?" "If you mean," I began. "I mean," she interrupted, "that I have always heard you lawyers are as cunning as Satan himself. But I never could have believed that a gentleman like you, so pleasant-spoken and straightforward as you seamed, could have been guilty of such a trick!" "As what?" I asked. "I am not aware of any conduct on my part of which you have a right to complain, Miss Woodward. I rather thought, do you know, that things were the other way about—that I had some cause of complaint against you." "That fellow, Tlllott—or whatever his name is," she said, with bitter contempt—"was your spy, was he not? Didn't you send him down to hunt out your business?" "I did not know of his being here until last night," I answered truthfully, if a little evasively. "But he was your spy," she persisted, "and you didn't care how he "I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS TO ASK YOU, SIR." R ,dvise. Perhaps we may hear &hing from Widdrington to-day or (brrow. He has left us in a terri- less at present; but no doubt he In't help it. The failure must .^, been a blow to him. 'There's 1n«i,ny a slip 'twlxt the cup and the Up,' 'you know." ^ CHAPTER XIV. ^~ Before I left the rectory I had to '<§ndure an interview, quite unsought, ^$nd—I think I may add—quite unde- Iserved on my part, painful and embarrassing as it was to me. fej Woodward—Widdrington's deserted |$nd betrayed lady-love—her face pale, mer eyes lurid with suppressed fury, en- Ifered the rector's study, where I had ggtablished myself in order to write ers for the afternoon post, and de- ,anded a hearing, I must here confess to a weakness to •hich I have always been, and am still, prey—I am morally afraid of an jangry woman. I can face any number Jof furious men, my spirits indeed ris- 'Jjjg at the prospect of a fray, but before *an angry woman I am an arrant cow- My feelings therefore can be imag- when the lady's maid advanced upon me. There was no mistaking the ;presslon of her whole person as she .osed the door and approached me. t the first glance I thought of the ords—''JSarth holds no demon like a jroman scorned." Innocent factor as I was in the pscorning" °f this particular woman, by should I have to hear the brunt )f heir demoniacal <fury? This was the [uestion which shook my craven soul is I braced myself up as well as I )i)ld for the encounter. Miss. Woodward planted herself on jje opposite side of the writing-table, tag me. I was glad at that moment the intervening breadth of leather- pyered mahogany. She was a. little of a dark complexion, jjet- feiek well-marked brows wet on he? giving a look Qf determlna- 190—a sinister look, I thought at that to her thin, sharp-featured Her face was always somewhat l?Ut it got at what you wanted to know so long as he.did get at it. You didn't care if he lied and deceived, and made a poor woman ashamed to hold up her head again. It was all for your money." "My good girl," I remonstrated, "I am really very sorry; but I am not responsible for Mr. Tillott's conduct." "It was you who tempted him," she persisted—"who set him on me! Oh, it was tho meanest, basest thing! He was to have married me—our names are up at the registry-office in Ilmin- ton. I can have the law of him for false statement, and that's what I mean to do! Tell me his address—it's the least you can do for a woman you have helped to insult and mislead." "Who put up the names?" I asked, beginning to feel that Mr, Widdrington had gone to unwarrantable lengths indeed. "I did," she answered, "a fortniglu ago—the time would be out next week. He wouldn't let me give notice to Miss Branscombe, and we were to have been married on the sly, because his friends in London were such grand people, and he would tell them afterwards, he pretended—the false traitor!" "Then, if you gave the names, I am afraid you cannot make Mr. Ttllott responsible for any statement you have yourself made at the office," I said. "It is a vile, shameful trick!" she panted. "Yes, it is too bad," I assented, sympathetically. ''But how did it happen that you, with all your experience, allowed youfself to be so taken in?" "I never suspected him for a minute," she replied, softening under my sympathy, "I never supposed that men could be so wicked. And I don't believe now that he would if he hadn'c been put up to it, I found his letter to you, telling you how your schemes had all succeeded, and then I knew how a gentleman could demean Jilmself!"— with renewed contempt. ''Ypu found a letter?" I asked. "Yes." "And you read it?" "V«8"—shortly 'and shftrplf. not? It was in his handwriting, and we were almost man and wife; I had a right to read his letters. And St'3 well 1 did! What have you-to say ,to that, sir?" "Nothing," t answered. "Only the law might have something to say, you know, to your taking possession of a letter addressed to another person." 1 _was gaining courage as her reckless temper placed he* in my power. 1 should advise you to be a little more prudent, Miss Woodward." "I don't, care that for the law," she cried violently, snapping, her fingers in my face. "The law says nothing to a woman being deceived and insulted, and cheated with false promises." "Oh, yes it does!" 1 said. "There is such a thing as breach of promise— only I am afraid you are hardly In a position to avail yourself of the law." My 1 spirits had so far revived that t was able to try a little intimidation now. "You see, by your own confession, you have made yourself amenable to the law in one—if not in two instances." "I tell you I don't care,' she cried; "and I'm glad of what I did. I had my revenge. I upset all your fine plans— and his. You were neither of 'you a match for a woman from beginning to end." "That is quite true," I assented, humbly; "you were very clever, Miss Woodward. I don't think I ever heard of a cleverer trick. I give you groat credit for your splendid management, and, if you will allow me to say so, I think your talents are quite wasted in your present position as a lady's maid. I should really advise you to turn your attention to, say, the female detective line. I think I can perhaps be of use to you in that sort of a career if you decide on it." CHAPTER XV. I was determined that she should not remain in her present post about Nona, nnd deemed it advisable to manage her resignation as quietly as possible. A designing; vindictive woman, burning with a sense of Injury, and capable of the elaborate dissimulation she had already practiced, was certainly not fit for attendance on my guileless, tender Nona. Miss Woodward must leave the Rectory before my own departure. ' "The authorities at Scotland Yard," 1 suggested, "will, I think, most probably be glad of your assistance. I can perhaps arrange the matter." "Do you think that I ,dll be beholden to you for anything?" she burst out. "Do you think I will let you lay another trap for me? No, I'm not sunk so low as that comes to!" ; "It might be worth your while," 1 said carelessly, "to think ^ver myj offer. I am. afraid—after what has passed—the Rectory will not be either a pleasant or a safe home for you"—' meaningly. "And do you think," she cried, "that; I'm going to take my warning to leave; from you? You are not my master. I was not engaged by you, and it's not for you to dismiss me." "All that is quite true," I assented; "nevertheless it may be as well for you to think over what I have said, Miss Woodward. Miss Branscombe will, I, know, be as anxious as I am myself to, avoid any unnecessary scandal or ex-! posure before the other servants. And she has been a kind mistress; you would not, I am sure, wish to give her unnecessary pain or distress." "Miss Branscombe is a thousand times too good for—for those who have got her," an-nouneed Miss AVood- ward. "As sweet a young lady as ever, trod the earth, she is, and above all tho mean tricks that seem all right to lawyers, no doubt. And If things had gonu as they should have gone we might have seen her in her own proper place, .with as real a gentleman as she is a lady." (To bo continued.) DOUBLE EAGLE. As It Appeared on the Arms of llussln and Austria. Tihe eagle, as an emblem of author!-. •ty, is so old that it would be impcasiblo to clearly trace its origin. It is found upon the most ancient sculptures thai have yet been discovered, and v/as no doubt one 0f the very oldest of the totems, or tribe signs. The early Persian empire appears to be the lira) which adopted it us an imperial emblem. Among tho Greeks the eagle was i-he emblem of Jove. The Romans also adopted the eagle as their standard, and eo it became the token of Ro-i man dominion. When Constantino be-- «ame em-peror ihe adopted the double- headed eagle as the insignia of hia authority over east and west. When the German empire came into being in the twelfth century this emblem was •revived as being that of the Holy Roman empire, and Rudolph of Hapsburg adopted It as Ms imperial anus, rt appeared in the Russian imperial anna .in the sixteenth century, when Caar Ivan Kasllovitoh married Princess Sophia; •niece of the eleventh Oonstantiue, and the last of the Byzantine emperors, Abuut The array of necks presented for inspection at a theater is various. All sorts and conditions of necks are there, and there is as much variety In them as there is in tho faces above them. Scraggy necks should, if surmounting good shoulders, have a discreet ribbon round them; black velvet or white tulle are the most becoming things for the complexion. Pearls on a white throat are really exquisite; for dusky necks the most becoming stones are emeralds or rubles. When the bones at the base of the throat are too intrusive on the attention they may be coerced into submission and, concealment by a narrower ribbon tied low with a pendant. TAtMAGE'S SERMON. ANQELOL.OOY THE SUBJEdT ON LAST SUNtJAY. th» Brilliant Being* HA*« MnOh to too *rlth Oat E»*ry<lny Life—Th« *e»t ft Jud*«» 13:10: And the Att B el Did Wondrotwly. (Copyrlght 1899 by Louis Klopsoh.) Fire bunt on a rock. Manoah and his wife had there kindled the names for sacrifice in praise of God, and in honor of a guest whom they supposed to be a man. But, as the flames rose higher and higher, their stranger guest stepped into the flame and by one red leap ascended into the skies. Then they knew that he was an angel of the Lord. "The angel did wondrously." Two hundred and forty-eight times does the Bible refer to the angels, yet I never heard or read a sermon on Angelology. The whole subject is relegated to the realm mythical, weird, spectral and unknown. Such adjournment is unscrlptural and wicked. Of their life, their character, their habits, their actions, their velocities, the Bible gives us full-length portraits, and why this prolonged and absolute silence concerning them? Angelology is my theme. There are two nations of angels, and they are hostile to each other; the-nation of good angels and the nation of bad angels. Of the former I chiefly speak today. Their capital, their headquarters, their grand rendezvous, is heaven, but their empire Is the universe. They are a distinct race of creatures. No human being can ever join their confraternity. The little child who in the Sabbath school sings, " Iwant to be an angel," will never have her wish gratified. They are superhuman, but they arc of different grades and ranks, not all on the same level, or tho same height. They have their superiors and Inferiors and equals. I propose no guessing on this subject, but take the Bible for my only authority. Plato, the philosopher, guessed and divided angels into super- celestial, celestial and sub-celestial. Dlonysius, the Areopagite, guessed and divided them into three classes— the supreme, the middle and the last— and each of these into three other classes, 1 making nine in all. Phllo said that the angels were related to God, as the rays to the sun. Fulgen- tiua said that they were composed of body and spirit. Clement said they were incorporeal. Augustine said that they had been in danger of falling, but now are beyond being tempted. But the only authority on this subject, that I respect, says they "are divided into Cherubim, Seraphim, Thrones, Dominations, Principalities, Powers. Their commander-ln-chlef is Michael. Daniel called him Michael, St. John called him Michael. These supernal beings are more thoroughly organized than any army that ever marched. They are swifter than any cyclone that ever swept tho sea. They ore more radiant than any morning that ever came down the sky. They have more to do with your destiny and mine than any being in the universe .except God, May the Angel of the New Covenant, who is tho Lord Jesus, open our eyes, and touch our tongue, and rouse our soul, while wo speak of their deathlcssness, their intelligence, their numbers, their strength, their achievements. Yes, deathless. They had a cradle, but will never have a grave. Tho Lord remembers when they were born, but no one shall ever sco their eye extinguished, or their momentum slow up, or their existence terminate. The oldest'of them has not a wrinkle, or a decrepitude, or a hindrance; as young after six thousand years as at the close of their first hour. Christ said of the good in heaven, "Neither can they die any more, for they are equal unto the angels." Yes, deathless arc these wonderful creatures ol whom I speak. Thoy will sec world after world go out, but there shall be no fading of their own brilliance. Yea, after the last world has taken its last flight, they will be ready for the widest circuit through immensity, taking a quadrillion of miles in one sweep as easy as a pigeon circles a dovecot. A further characteristic of these radiant folk is intelligence. The woman of Tekoah was right when she spoke to King David of the wisdom of an angel. We mortals take in what little we know through eye and ear and nostril and touch; but those beings have no physical encasement and hence they are all senses, A wall five feet thick is not solid to them. Through it they go without disturbing flake of mortar or crystal of sand. Knowledge! it flashes on them. They take it In at all points. They absorb it. They gather it up without any hinderment. No need of literature for them! The letters of their books are stars. The dashes of their books are meteors. The words of their books are constellations. The paragraphs of their books are galaxies, The pictures of their books are sunrises, and sunsets, and midnight auroras, and the Conqueror on the white horse with the moon under his feet. Their library la an open universe. No need of telescope to see something millions of miles away, for instantly they are there to inspect and explore it. All astronomies, all geologies, all botanies, all philosophies at their feet. What an opportunity for intelligence Is theirs! What facilities for knowing everything and knowing it right away! There is only one thing that puts them to their wit's end, and the Bible says they have to study that. They have been studying it ail through tne ages, and yet I warrant they have not fully, .grasped it—the wonders of Redemption. These wonders are so high, IP deep, go grand, so stupendous, eo magnificent that even the intelligence of angelhood is confounded before The apostle says, "Which things the angels desire to look Into." that Is ft subject that excites Inqulsltivenesg' on their part. That is a theae tnat strains their faculties to the utmost. That is higher tfcaft the'? can eiiftft, deeper than they can dive. They have a desire for something too big fof thelf comprehension, "which things the angels desire to ioftk into." But that does not discredit their Intelligence, No one but God himself can fully uh^ derstand the wonders of Redemption. ,It all heaven should study it for fifty eternities they would get no further than the A B : C of that Inexhaustible subject. But nearly all other realms of knowledge they have ransacked and explored and compassed. No one but God can tell them anything they do not know. They have read to the last word of the last line of the last page of the last volume of investigation. And what delights me most is that all their intelligence is to be at our disposal, and, coming into their presence, they will tell us In five minutes more than wo can learn by ono hundred years of earthly surmising. Another remark I have to make concerning these Illustrious Immortals la that they are multitudinous. Their census has never been taken and no ono but God knows how many they are, but all the Bible accounts suggest their Immense numbers. Companies of them, regiments of them, armies of them, mountain-tops haloed by them, skies populous with them. John speaks of angels and other beings round tho throne as ten thousand times ten thousand. Now, according to my calculation, ten thousand times ten thousand are one hundred million. But these arc only the angels in one place. David counted twenty thousand of them rolling down the sky In chariots. When God came away from the riven rocks of Mount Slnal, the Bible says he had, the companionship of ten thousand angels. I think thoy are in every battle, In every exigency, at every birth, at every pillow, at every hour, at every moment. Tho earth full of them. Tho heavens full of them. They outnumber the human race In this world. They outnumber ransomed spirits in glory. When Abraham had his knlfo uplifted to slay Isaac, It was an angel who arrested the stroke, cry- Ing, "Abraham! Abraham!" It was a stairway of angels that Jacob saw while pillowed In the wilderness. We are told an angel led the hosts of Israelites out of Egyptian serfdom. It was an angol that showed Hftgar the fountain where she filled the bottle for the lad. It was an angel that took Lot out of doomed Sodom. It was an angel that shut up tho mouth of the hungry monsters when Daniel was thrown into the caverns. It was an angel that fed Elijah under the juniper tree. It was an angol that announced to Mary the approaching nativity. They were angels that chanted when Christ was born. It was an angel that strengthened our Savior In his agony. It was an augel that encouraged Paul in tho Mediterranean shipwreck. It was an iingel that burst open the prison, gate after gate, until Peter was liberated! It was an angel that stirred the Pool of Slloam where the sick were healed. It was on angel that John saw flying through the midst of heaven, and an angel with foot planted on. the sea, and an angel that opened the book, and an angel that thrust In tho sickle, and an angel that poured out tho vials, and an angel standing in the sun. It will bo an angel with uplifted hand, swearing that Time shall be no longer. In the great final harvest of the world, the reapers are the angels. Yen, the Lord shall be revealed from heaven with mighty angels. Oh, the numbers and the might and the glory of these super- nals! Fleets of them! Squadrons of them! Host beyond host! Rank above rank! Millions on millions! And all on our side If we will have them. Men and wonen of all circumstances, only partly appreciated, or not appreciated at all, never feel lonely again or unregarded again! Angels all around; angels to approve, angels to help, angels to remember. Yea, while nil tho good angels are friends of the good, there Is one special angel your bodyguard. This Idea, until this present study of angelology, I supposed to be fanciful, but I find it clearly stated in the Bible. When the disciples were praying for Peter's deliverance from prison, and he appeared at the door of the prayer meeting, thoy could not believe it was Peter. They said, "It Is his angel," So these disciples, in special nearness to Christ, evidently believed that evei'y worthy soul has an angel. Jesus said of his followers: "Their angels shall behold the face of my Father." Elsewhere it is said: "Ho shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways." Angel-shielded, angel-protected, angel- guarded, angel-canopied, art thou! No wonder that Charles Wesley hymned these words: "Which of the petty kings of earth Can boast a guard like ours, Encircled from our second birth With all the heavenly powers?" Valerius and Ruflnus were put to death for QJulst's sab? in the year 287, and after the day when their bodies had been whipped and pounded into a Jelly, in the night in prison, and before the next day when they were to be executed, they both thought they saw angeis standing with two glittering crowns, saying, "Be of good cheer, valiant soldiers of Jesws Christ! a lit* tie more of battle, and then these crowns are yours," And J am glad to know that before many of thoso yho, have passed throjjgfc gr«at in this life some angel a blazing coronet ~' Yea, we are to shall be so poor In dying he cannot afford angelic escort. It Would be & long fay to go alone, affd ttp paths w« have never trod, and amid falazlnt wdtldS swinging in unimaginable momentum, out aft^l m throiirgft ftfeh distances and across such infinitudes d! space, we should shudder at the thought of going alone. But the an* gelid escort will come to your languishing jjlliow or the place of youf fatal accident, and say:' "Hall, im- rttortal one! All Is well; God hath tent me to take you home." And, without tremof or slightest settse of peril, you will away and upward, further on and further on, until after a while heaven heaves in sight, and the rumble of chariot.wheels and the roll of mighty harmonies are heard in the distance, and hearer you coiHe,' ahd nearer still, until the brightness is like many mornings suffused into one, and the gates lift, and you are inside the amethystine walls and on the banks of the jasper sea, forever safe, foreveh free, forever well, forever rested, forever united, forever happy. Mothers, do not think your little children go alone when they quit this world. Out of your arms into angelic arms; out of sickness into health; out of the cradle into a Saviour's bosom. Not an Instant will the darlings be alone between the two kisses—the last kiss of earth and the first kiss of heaven. "Now, angels, do your work!" cried an expiring Christian, Yes, a guardian angel for each one of you. Put yourself now in accord with him. When he suggests the right, follow It; when he warns against the wrong, shun It. Sent forth from God to help you in this great battle against sin and death, accept his deliverance. When tempted to a feeling of loneliness and dlsheartenment, appropriate the promise, "The angel of the Lord encampeth around about them that fear him and dellvereth them." Oh, I am so glad that the spaces between here and heaven are thronged with these supernatural, taking tidings home, bringing messages here, rolling back obstacles from our path and giving us defense; for terrific are the forces who dispute our way, and if the nation of the good angels is on our side, the nation of the bad angels Is on the other. Paul had It right when he said; "We wrestle' not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against tho rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." In that awful fight may God send us mighty angelic re-enforcement! We want all their wings on our side, all their swords on our side, all their chariots on our side. Thank God that those who are for ' us are mightier than those who are against us! And that thought makes me jubilant as to the final triumph. Belgium, you know, was the battleground of England and France. Yea, Belgium more than once was the battle-ground of opposing nations.. It so happens that this world is the Belgium or battle-ground between the angelic nations, good and bad. Michael, the commander-ln-chief on one side; Lucifer, as Byron calls him, or Mephistopheles, as Goethe calls him, or Satan, as the Bible calls him, the com- munder-in-chief on the other side. All pure angelhood under tho ono leadership, and all abandoned angelhood under the other leadership. Many a skirmish have the two armies had, but the great and decisive battle is yet to be fought. Either from our earthly homes or down from our supernal residences, may we come In on the right side; for on that side are God and heaven and victory. Meanwhile the battle is being set in array, and the forces, celestial and demoniacal, are confronting each other. Hear the boom of the great cannonade already opened! Cherubim, seraphim, thrones, dominations, principalities and powers are beginning to ride down their foes, and until the work is ' completed, "Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon,.and.; thou, moon, in the valley of Ajalon!" SALTING BABIES. to Custom Which SometiinoH Is the Infimts. "Salting" newly born infants, a practice that dates far back to Biblical times, still obtains in many parts of tho old world, says the St. Louis Post- Dispatch. The Armenians in the Rua," slan government of Jslriwan cover the whole surface of tho babe's body, with, fine salt, especial care being taken with tho interstices between the flngera and all depressions, such as the armpit and tho bend of tho knee, so that no point. shall remain unsalted. The unhappy infant is left in the salt for three hours or longer and is then bathed in warn) water. The Armenians of some districts, having abandoned the practice, are called "unsalted," and ar$ despised by the others. The modern Greeks also sprinkle their babes with aalt, If an enlightened mother protestg, ttoe midwife is ready with the objection : "But if it isn't salted it will be puny and never will amount to anything." If this salting process is carried to excess, the poor babes don't stand it at all. The skin becomes as red as tire, tho irritation is intolerable, add the child dies in convulsions. Yet there is a mountain tribe in Asia Minor that mercilessly salts }ts new-born babes for twenty'four hours, wbi^b shows that the JiniUs of human eadurance are wide in some, cases, ^bis ancient custom is stilUn vogue in. maay parts of Germany, but the rites are merely symbolical. In one district a little salt is rubbed behind the ehUd'a ears, in other's a pinch of salt is put cm the or a Wtte, p&ney of e&& Is. i^~

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