The Norman Democrat-Topic (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 23, No. 53, Ed. 1 Tuesday, March 26, 1912 Page: 4 of 4
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THE NORMAN DEMOCRAT-TOPIC. NORMAN. OKLAHOMA. TUESDAY, MARCH 26. 1912.
with longing for the sight of her aud
the touch of her hand.
Even as he watched, stark night fell,
black as a pocket beneath a porten-
tous pall of cloud. . Far out
upon the swelling bosom of the Med-
iterranean a cluster < f dim lights be-
trayed a stealthy c sting steamer,
by LOUIS JOSEPH VAN'
COPYRtciiT i<ks) ey Ltm^p4*PH
" Now us Tie "stooU scowling at his
CHAPTER L imago, and wishing from the bottom
— of his heart he had never been fool
A itlll and sultry dusk had fallen, en0ugh to let Danny leave him, and
closing an oppressive, wearing day: fervent blessings down upon
one of those days whose sole function ^ head bf t^e w^0 flr8t design-
teems to reside in rendering us Irrl- mot|ern evening-dress for men—he
tably oonacious of our too-close cas- joun(j himself suddenly with a mind
lnga of too-solid flefcu; whose humid |j|yefted of any care whatever and at-
ASd Inert atmosphere, sodden with tentiVe alone to a sound which came
tepid moisture, clings palpably to the ^ him faintly, borne upon the heavy
body, causing men to feel as if they w\ngg 0f the sluggish evening air.
crawled. half-suffocated. at the bot- waa nothing more nor less than a
tom of a sea of rarefied water. woman singing softly to herself (hum*
The hour may have been eight; It mjng would probably be the more ao-
may have been not quite that, but It curate term), and It was merely the
was almost dark. The windows were tune ^at caught his fancy; a bit of
oblongs, black at night in the yellow ^ oW BOUg he himself had once
walla of O'Rourke's bedchamber in the heen wont to sing, upon a time when
Hotel d'Orlent, Monte Carlo. he had been a happier man. It seem
I have the honor to make known etj Btrauge to hear it there, stranger
to you the O'Rourke of Castle gtill that the woman's voice, Indistinct
O'Rourke In the county of Galway, ^ should have such a familiar
Ireland; otherwise and more widely rjng jn his memory. He frowned in
known aa Colonel Terence O'Rourke; wonder and shook his bead. "The age
a chevalier of the Legion of Honor of 0f miracles Is past," he muttered;
France; sometime an officer In the "'twould never bo herself. I've had
Foreign Legion In Algiers; a wauder- me chance—and forfeited it. 'Twill
er. spendthrift, free-lance, cosmopol- not come to me a second time. . . ."
Its—a genUeman-adventurer, he's been The Bln^ng ceased Of a sudden
termed O'Rourke swore with needless heat,
He was dressing for dinner. The poking away the offending tie,
glare of half a doien electric bulbs dls- jj savagely from him "The div-
covered him all but ready for publlo vje gy awav with ye!" ho said Is It
appearance—not, however, quite ready. bent
on driving me mad ye are? I'd
In his shirt sleeves he faced a cheval- gjre me fortune to have Danny back!
glass, plucklly (if with the haggard Me fortune faith!" He laugh-
aye of exasperation) endeavoring to ^ the word to blttar scorn. " 'Tls
oetmaneuver a demon of inanimate meseif that never had the least of any-
penrerslty which had entered Into his thing like that without 'twas feminine
dress tie. Inciting It to refuse to as- __wlth a -mis-' tacked onto the front
•ume, for all his ooaxlng and his stmt- 0f jtj" And he strode away to the
agema. that effect of nonchalant per window to cool ofl
faction so much sought after, so sel- u wgg 1Jke hJm tQ f(jrget hlg eiRfi
dom achieved. peration in the twinkling of an eye;
Patently waa the thing possessed tnother mooJ entirel;. swayed him by
by a devil; 0 Rourke made no manner time he found himself gazing out
of doubt of that. Though for minutes jnto vagUe> velvety dusk that mo-
at a time he fumbled, flighted, fumed, U1entarily was closing down upou the
tt w^hout avail fairy-like panorama of terra.-ed gar-
His room itself was In a state of deng aQd guIIt, „i;ktfn 8oa. „i8
~naiderable disorder—something due thoughls; hRll wlnged back to that
mainly to O'Rourke's characteristic ef- dear i;. wh ,^ that frat,n em
torts to find just what he might bap- of melod> had pul hlm ln mlnd; und
pen to desire at any given time w t • waj. Bjghlng and heavy of heart
out troubling to think where It ought
properly to be.
Something of this confusion, mir-
rored In the glass, was likewise re-
flected In O'Rourke's eyes, what time
he paused for breath and profanity.
Talth. tls worse than a daw's nest,
the place," he admitted, scandalized.
"How ever did I—one lone man—do
all that, will ye be telling me?" He
flung out two helpless baffled hands,
and let Chem fall. After a meditative
pause he added: "Damn that Alsa-
tUi!"<—with reference to his latest
and least competent v&let. who had
bat recently been dlecharged with a
flea In his ear and a month's unearn-
ed wage in his pocket "For knowing
me ways," sighed O'Rourke. "there
was never anyone the like of Danny.4
For as many as three livelong days
this man had been reduced to the ne-
oesalty of dressing himself with his
own fair hands—and that at loast
thrice dally, who did nothing by
halves. And. somehow, mysteriously,
his discarded garments had for the
most part remained w ere he had
thrown them, despite the earnest ef-
forts of the femme de chambre touro-
store something resembling order from
this man-made chaos. For servants
all liked well the O'Rourke. Improvi-
dent soul thst he was. freehanded
to a fault
Tor are Invited to picture to your-
self O'Rourke as Invariably he was
In one of his not infrequent but ever
transient phsses of affluence: that Is,
a very magnificent figure Indeed.
Standing a bit over six feet, deep of
chest and lean of flank, with his long,
straight legs he looked what he had
been meant to be, a man of arms and
action. His head was shapely, Its
dark hair curling the least ln the
world; and, Incredibly stained, a trans-
parent brown, his features were lean,
eager, and rendered very attractive
by quick boyish eyes in whose warm
blue-gray depths humor t* kled
more often than not, though those
same eyes were not seldom thought-
ful a trace wistful, perhaps, with
the look of one who recalls dear mem-
orlea, old friends and sweethearts
loved and lost For he had
begun to live early In life and had
much to look bsck upon, though for
all that It's doubtful If he were more
than thirty at the time be became in-
volved ln the fortunes of the Pool
For the rest of him, barring the re-
fractory tie, the man was strikingly
well groomed, while his surroundings
spoke for comfortable circumstances.
On th- authority of the sbsent and re-
gretted Danny, who had long served
the O'Rourke in the Intimate capacl
ties of body-servant, confidant and
chancellor of the exchequer (this last
of course, whenever there happened
to be any exchequer to require a chart
oelVor), there was never anyone at a'l
who could spend money or wes!
clothes like himself, meaning the mas-
tar. And at this time 0 Rourke was
ostensibly in fund- and eoLse;-.:er.tl>
(as the saying runs) cutting a wide
swath. Herven snd hlnise'.f on y knew
the limits of his resourc'* it his
manner a Monte Cristo might have
aped to advantage His pV was s
wonder of the Caaln for the matter
of that bis big!- r.anded and extrava
gmnt vi). had made the entire Prin-
cipality of Monaco conscious of his
presence ln the land. And you fail
In the least to understand the nature
of the man if you think for a moment
that It Irked hlm to be admired, point-
ed out courted, pursued He waa, la-
deed. never so splendid as when
aware that he occupied the public eye.
1a abort be was Just sn Irishman.
... SO, then. It's nothing wonder-
ful thst be should seem a thought Ani-
ta! about the set of bis tla
hies. TT1 have ye to understand ti?
O'Rourke's a reformed character fron,
the morning on!"
He laughed softly, ln high feather
with his ooncelt; and. thinking cheer
fully of the days of movement and
cftange that were to follow, the son#
In his heart shaped Itself in words
upon his lips.
"I'm Paddy Whaok
From Bally hack.
Not Ions "So turned soldier—O
At fraud attack,
Or ■torm or sack.
None than 1 will prove bolder—OP
His voice was by way of being a
tenor of tolerable quality and volume,
but untrained—nothing wonderful. It
was just the way he trolled out the
rollicking stanza that rendered It In
fectious, Irresistible. For as ho
paused the voice of the woman tha-
had reminded him of the song cappet.
the verse neatly.
••An" whin we get the routs
Wid a shout.
How th«> pout!
Wld a reudy right-about
(Joes the bould soldier-boy !**
O'Rourke caught his breath, star-
ted, stunned. "It can't be—" he
whispered For if at first her voice,
subdued lu distance, had stirred his
memor> with a touch as vague and
thrilling as the caress of a woman's
hand in irkness, now that he heard
the full strength of that soprano, bell
clear and spirited he was sure ho
knew the singer. He told himself that
there could be no two women in the
world with voices Just like that; not
am'ther than her he knew could have
ren.h red the words with so tr * a
spirit, so rare a brogue—tinged as
that had been with the faintest,
quaintest exotic inflection imagin-
nut she had stopped with the
verso half sung. His pulses quicken-
ing O'Rourke leaned forth from the
window and carried It on:
"O. ' thin the la.tiea fair
of hls~T<VrFun* H elsewhere, "Tie played
heedlessly, little concerned with the
fate of what money be had about him.
He had set aside a reserve fund suffi-
cient to settle his hotel bill and carry
him a considerable distance Into the
unknown which he was resolved to
beard, and was resigned to lose
the remainder. It was a tenet of his
creed of fatalism that chance seldom *)es ' r' 1
favored him when he had money in cou'^
his pockets; the tide of his affairs
must be at its lowest ebb ere It turn-
ed. His policy then was obvious—
childishly plain; he must fling to the
winds all that which he had.
Now never was there a man whs
played to lose who didn't win hli
l>oint Colonel O'Rourke's case can be
cited as no exception to this rule El-
bow to elbow on one side with an art-
less old lady from Terre Haute, who
risked her mlnimutns with the fero-
the Tfonnr.fble ^Jr. Glynn. SmlTlng,
he nodd* d. and offered her an arm.
She lingered, addressing I es Trebes.
The lat: r bowed, lifted his shoulders
and laii'hed lightly, plainly excusing
hlm? A general movement took
place ift the party; It began to disin-
tegrate in u and women pairing off,
all moving at leisure toward the lobby.
alone remained. O'Rourke ;
that the personnel of the
gathering v;:s largely British. Ho ]
recognlz d Lady Plinlimmon, whose ;
yacht (he had heard easuall> ) had ar- '
rived in the harbor that norinlng. Evl- '
dently this was her party. Another ■
woman s figure caught his attention;
her back wv.s turn d. but she had an
air, a graceful set < t t'.e shoulders, an
individual pride and spirit In the poise
of her head, that O'Rourke could have
sworn he knew. He was conscious
that he flushed suddenly, that his
clous Jealousy of a miser making an 'u'arl vvas pounding. Ho made aa If to
unsecured loan, on the other with an r'8e an^ f°U°vv hut was prevented, al-
most forced back h\ a hand which the
j walk wITfi me a TltTTe JlsTanoe, while
| "Gladly, monsieur."
I Des Trebes produced a cigarette cass,
land together, smoking, the two turned
their backs upon the casino and waa-
dered off along the paths of the ter-
.l'.vvle a bit I care!'
! .dd soldier-boy!'
w ith hi
fell a pause. He listened
heart in his mouth, but heard
ng And It seemed impossible to
se w! -ice. from which one of all
jomj w ith windows opening upon
side of the hotel, had come the
of th woman. She might as
have I n above as be low him,
• it hi r i io he could not guess.
h< was determined.
Now there was beneath his window
a baleer.> with a floor of wood and a
rail of fllig a long balcony,
extending from one comer of the ho-
tel to ti e other. At intervals it was
splashed with light from the windows
of ehamb rs sti . occupied by guests
be i:< or L like himself, with the
task of dre> - lg for the evening. The
window r his left was alight; that
on his right, dark With half his body
on the -i >n>. l.is less dangling w ith-
in the room. O'Rourke watched the
opening ou his left with jealous,
breat bs tancy. Not a sound
car - : He hesitated.
"If that w< en't 1 er room. I'd hear
gor obody moving about," he reasoned.
44 'Tls frightened she is—not suspect-
in 'tis ii - . . . But how do I know
'tis herself? . . Faith' could me
k heart of hope and
the lighted window,
line with ardor and
i .< nee and with hope,
vely, pleadingly, anx-
t all befo-ore ui "
n paused. He heard
gain he essayed, with
? to melt a heart of
h sheer de-
The Divvle!" He Said Beneath Hk
woman Hi u gow n wTiose extreme can-
dor was surpassed only by the perfec-
tion of its design and appointment—
both blatant of the Rue de la Paix;
a type lis common to the cognoscenti
of Mouto Carlo as the Swiss hotel por-
ters But O'Rourke did not know her
• The divvle!" said he beneath his
He was mistaken, but the young
woman, at first startled by his uncer-
emonious appearance, on instantan-
eous second thought decided to per-
mit him to discover that twin imps,
at least, resided in her eyes. And
when his disappointment prevented
him from recognizing them, her dawn-
in;. smile was swiftly erased and her
ascending eyebrows spoke eloquently
enou^ii of her haughty displeasure.
Synchronously the lift hesitated at
that landing and the gate clanged
wide; the young woman wound her
skirt about her and showed him a
hack win. h at any other time would
have e\ ked his unstinted admiration.
Then the gait* shot to with a rattle
and hang, and the lift dropped out of
sight, leaving the man with mouth
agape and eyes as wide.
A beaming but elderly femme de
chambre ou duty in the corridor, re-
marking O'Rourke's pause of stupefied
chagrin, hoped and believed he need-
ed her services. She bore down upon
"M'sieu' is desirous of—?"
He came out of his trance. "Noth-
ing." he t id her with a id brevity.
"But. yes," he reconsidered with
haste. That lady who but this mo-
ment took the lift—her name?"
"Her name, m'sieu ? Ma'm'selle Vol-
"impossible!" he told himself aloud,
utterly ui.. e to force any connecting
' link between the la ; • in the lift and
her whose voice had bewitched him.
"But assuredly, m'sieu*. Do I not
kii'w I ..ho have w.-.ted upon her
, hand and foot these three days and to
whom she has not given as much as
—that The woman ticked a finger-
nail against her strong white
teeth. Ma'm se.> Victorine Vol-
taire," she asserted stubbornly.
O'Rourke fumb'.ed in his pocket and
found a gv hien ten-franc piece, surr
dering it to the woman as heedle.-
as though It had t n as many cen-
timea I . bo - me room in five
minutes, now. And do ye. for the love
of Heaven, me dear, try to set me
things the least trifle to rights. Will
ye now. like the best little girl in
Intent little Austrian gambler absorb-
ed in the workings of his "system,"
the adventurer scattered gold upou
the numbered and illuminated grid-
iron as unconcernedly as though he
had been matching shillings, and saw
the coins gathered ln by the greedy
rake aa often as the little ivory ball
ceased to chatter on the wheel.
For the better part of an hour this
continued. And the little group of
sycophants which had gathered be-
hind his chair to watch his play In-
sensibly dissipated. A whisper ran
through the ranks of the habitues that
the luck of the mad Irishman had turn-
ed; and forthwith he ceased to be an
Austrian in his feverish Interest had
unconsciously placed on the Irish-
"Monsieur, monsieur!" he gasped,
his eyes, protruding, fixed upon the
wheel. Beads of sweat glistened on
his forehead. He trembled as though
his own fortunes hung on the change.
Impressed, O'Rourke could not for-
bear to linger, to cast a reluctant
glance at the table.
The size of his pile of gold and
notes ou the rtd was a somewhat
startling sight to him. His breath
stopped in his threat. The ivory sphere
was rattling over the compartments
to its predestin'd place. What if he
"I Have the Honor to Addreee Moa-
gieur Le Colonel O'Rourke."
raced gardens. Ever descending, they
I came at length to the secluded, little
I lighted and less frequented portions of
the grounds which border the water-
front, and presently Bat aide by side
1 upon a bench, looking out over the
object of interest. Only the little ... ... ...........
Austrian, having risked the number were to wi:i? OT.: url.e began to cal- harbor. Then and then only did Des
of stakes prescribed by his system for cu'.ate mentally how much he had at Trebes approach his subject--some-
one evening's play, put away his ifote- stake, how much he might win if his thing which he had until now studious*
book and pencil and, surrendering his careless prediction that red would turn ly avoided, distracting the not over-
place to another, lingered behind up the sev hould come true patient Irishman by a falling fire oi
O'Rourke's chair, unable to resist the •—lost his bearings in a maze of intri- banalities
fascination of watching a man who cate computation and was on the "I dare say, Colonel O'Rourke, he
could at once lose money and retain point of abandoning the problem when
black was called.
"Great Ood!" panted the Austrian,
withdrawing Ids hand.
O'Rourke rose. "The fortunes of
war. me friend." said he with a laugh
so unforced that It sounded unnatu- |
ral. He strode away hastily, search-
ing the throng in the lobby for her
with whom lis nii.ul was occupied to
At length, inexpressibly bored and
too Impatient to defer the inevitable
by niggardly wagers. O'Rourke ran-
sacked his pockets and placed the pro-
ceeds—several hundred francs—I am
as ignorant of the amount as he waa
indifferent to it—upon the red.
There fell a lull, the croupier hold-
ing the wheel to permit an unbaked the exclusion of a".
cub of Chicago millions to cover the s^ *er followed him
cloth with stakes too numerous for with a stare of .credulous amaze-
bis half-developed Intelligence to keep | nient. v"V" ' a man!" said he
count of; and the adventurer shffted to himself, if half aloud A second
in his seat, reviewing the assemblage. i«ver he ai'd^d Wh t adinirab'e act-
For some moments, through the mys- jlng!"
terious working of that sixth sense
which men are pleased vaguely to de-
nominate Intuition, he had been sub-
consciously aware of being the object
of some person's fixed regard, that
somebody was not only watching, but
weighing him. He sought the source
of this sensation and. for a little time, all hi
sought it unsuccessfully. Annoyed, barque oi
he persisted. He heard the croupier's
mechanical "Rein ne va plus," follow-
ed by the whirring of the wheel, but
cared so little that he would not turn
to watch the outcome. Only an ex-
clamation of the Austrian's appraised
him of the fact that red had won. He
glanced listlessly round to see the
money doubled, and let It rest, turn-
ing back to his survey of the throng.
A moment later his attention became
fiied upon two men who stood ln the
doorway, looking toward him Again
the wheel buzzed, the ball clattered and
was still The word rouge among oth-
ers in the announcement toid him that
But he was mistaken. There was
nothing assumed in O'Rourke's air of
apathy. He was actually quite indif-
ferent and already preoccupied with
his new interest—the pursuit of the
woman whose unexpected appearance
in Mont* . : u> • upset
ation*- Th.- sails of the
fortunes nad all hi*
suggested abandoning his mother
tongue for excellent English—"I dare
say you are wondering—"
"I am that."
"I feared so. But It was eaaeatial
that we should speak In privacy."
'But before I proceed, may I put you
a question or two bordering, perhape,
upon impertlnenoe, yet not so oont
"What a long-winded beggart"
O'Rourke commented mentally. "Ae
for that." said he aloud, " 'tis impos-
sible for me to calculate the Imperti-
nence until 'tis put to me. Eh?"
Believe me, sir, I am anxious only
to avoid Indiscretion. It Is the ques-
tion of your identity alone. I desire
only to be assured that you are the
Colonel O'Rourke I take you to be."
"My faith! And who else would I
"There's the bane possibility that
two of the same name might exist."
" Tis so bare that 'tls fairly lnde-
Ufe long been trimmed to the wtaa cent,' chuckled the Irishman. "But dr.
"I am not mistaken ln assuming
a venture se'emed" mo that 1 address the Colonel Terence
The loss ot the monej O'Rourke who was at one time a party
of Chance; he was accustomed to see
ing them fall flat and flapping, empty
as nothing: the initial amount ha< "> ^ l"1'" l-emercle's mad Empire du
been little enough in all conscience Sahara project and who later mar-
though the major part of all that h.!^.'1 I w'iarcler's widow, Madame la
possessed; but to him the woman wai
O'Rourke Caught his Breath. Stunned.
making westward. Nearer, in the har-
eet of pleas
chin . i
and in duet they sang it
>r on the ttll
out to tht
In many f
jf gra;. all s
* °"or* ut*
s. Ashore, en
tear hsr cap-
t lurid a*:.
st the dark
n: t bould soldier-
the palace oi
ng out IB 1 died.
off the light*.
.k his head
[ at rustle of silken nif-
> ? he dec ared in
And I'm thinking she'll
g to the window now—"
*TIs not got
-r.t. Abruptly he dlscov-
*.e reflected glow from
that's i :
r. behind htm. He waa
he pallid oval of her
a ek white sheen of arms
At. I'r. liu-
fa iark mass of hair,
a'l else of the gla-nour
ufflng mete I
r hone into his softly.
9 of darkness touched
day and a night a .
a hall a da.
e leaned toward her.
' he stammered.
. • myself—'tls Terence—**
w .is g> r.e A low. stifled
again he h.il won: this time, however,
; t turn, but, frowning in
speculation, stared back at the two.
Stare Indeed and he did just
th. If it was impertinent, sure and
were they hot stariag at him? And
who should gainsa' an O'Rourke the
right to stare at anybody, be he king
or commoner? Furthermore, who
might these men be, and what their
interest in himself?
The one was tall and slender, sat-
urnin-: an elegant, owing as much to
the art of his tailor and upholsterer
as to his ov. n indisputable, native dis-
tinction a Frenchman—at least of a
t> pe unquestionably Gallic. His face
was very pale, his fine, pointed mus-
After that bitter disappointment his tache very precise, jaw square, fore-
interest In his personal appearance
everything—the world and all.
And now she was gone, had disap
pes red with her companions! In thai
instant in which he had turned from
tier to the table, she had made her ea
He cursed roundly the weaknesi
that had lost her to him, and passing
ra !ly through the lobby, left th# SHORTHORN BULLS FOR SALE
Casino, pausing before the entrance
Prlncesse de Grandlieu?"
O'Rourke took a long breath and
look* .I his questioner up and down.
"Ye have a very pretty taste ln the
matters of impertinences," he said
gravely "However, let that pass. I'm
the same man."
To UF CONT1NUF.D >
he shut his
" "lis m<
ln the world,
' a courtesy,
d was O'Rourke that
in her face,
les that's the fool.' he
>-i; enough, "to think for a
hat ever again I'll set me
r prettv face—God bless it.
she in a v be' ?or
. t ve to—I, the pen-
s tn rev
malic:ously wound it-
*ed!—thinking ye hare
your time for all men to
Bder op their souls to ye!
re lose, madam, after this
ne with ys rot a sou of
ver aga:.; cro-s your u-
- if around his fee: and a . but threw
nead .g or. y a frantic c.-tch at
•> footrail of the bed saved him.
K ■ £ the thing aAva*.- y off he
;ng h: nose If upon the door and threw
It open. His Jaw dropped.
The lift shaft was directly opposite,
before It. In more or less patient wait-
ing, stood a >«ry young and beautiful
dwindled to the negligible. In a black
temper with himself (whom alone he
blamed for the deception to which
he had fallen too facile a victim) he
searched blindly for a fresh tie. found
It somehow, and knotted It round his
collar In the most haphazard fashion
imaginable. Then he shrugged a dreas
coat upon his shoulders and marched
forth to dine.
In this humor he propelled himself
with determination into the public res-
taurant of the establishment, and. ob-
livious to the allure of many pairs of
bright eyes that brightened all too
readily to challenge his. insisted upon
a table all to himself, and dined in soli-
tary grandeur comporting himself
openly as a morose and misunderstood
person, and to his waiter with a man-
ner so near rude that the latter be-
gan almost to respect him
After some time he was disgusted to
discover that he felt better. An im-
pulse toward analysis led him to probe
the psychology of the change w ith the
result that he laid the blame for it at
the door—or the neck—of a half bottle
of excellen* burgundy. So he ordered
another, and resolutely dismissing
from his mind the woman who had
no right whatever to be able to fing
a certain song the way she had. set
his wits to work on the riddle of To-
To a man whose trade was fighting,
the world Just then was s most dis-
tressful place oo peaceful entirely.
Over his coffee the adventurer nod-
ded in despair and frowned in dia v 18'
gu«t; then rousing, he summoned ths lD € •
waiter and paid his reckoning with s
secret grin at himself, a fifty-franc
note and a gesture which splendidly Rga;
obliterated altogether every trace of
suspicion thst he intended to take
back sny part of the change due him.
Trimming and lighting a cigar he
reviewed the restaurant with a list-
less eye which discovered no one of
his acquaintance therefore, with
neither haste nor waste of time, he
rose ar.d betook himself to the 1 aslno
—that i« to the one place where one
may feel certain of encountering, soon-
er or later, everybody who is anybody
within the bounds of the principality.
This nigh* more particularly than
on any preceding It, now that he had
made up his mi ad to ml .ftunaeu
head high, eyes deep and dark b^
neath brows heavy, level and black,
manner marked by a repose almost
threatening in its impassibility.
His companion was shorter of stat-
ure. a younger man by at least ten
years, rather stout and very nervous,
with a fresh red face marred by hall-
marka ot dissipation; British, every
inch of hlin.
"That, I'm thinking." mused
O'Rourke, "will be the Honorable
Bertie Glynn Faith, he looks the
part, a* least tis just that kind—in-
bred. underbred, without brains or real
stamina—that would run through a
half-million sterling inside a year."
Bu: the other1
"Monsieur." the little Austrian stam-
mered excitedly in h;s ear, "for you ths
red had doubled a fourth time."
"Thank ye," replied O'Rourke with-
out moving. "'Twill turn up seven,
The system-gambler subsided, petri-
But the ©ther? O'Rourke continued
to probe his memor;- Something in
the man's personality was curiously
reininiscen* . . Of a sudden hs
remember-d. The Frenchman had
been pointed out to him, years ago. in
Paris, as a principal in a Boulevard
scandal which had terminated in a
duel—a real due] in which he had
ious. He was accustomed
e such an outcome of his
oner however, that waa
^een named to O'Rourke;
■'hat was the name; the
e des Treb^f was a duelist of
:< nal disrepute.
ilenr," the agitated voice flut-
1 his ear, rou have wc . yet
f r the sixth time!"
it stand for the seventh, moa
why he i
lid Des Trebes be watch-
bo pointedly? As
he btr- ame aware that
the Frenchman and the
were not alone; detached
r attitude was, they were
a part of ladles and gen-
)se ga> chattering group
formed the r background.
"Monsieur, the seventh turn!"
"Rein ne va plus," croaked the
One of the ladies turned to speak to
to look right and left.
There was no sign of what hs
sought; the party had vanished. And
who should say whither?
"Damnation!" he grumbled.
"Monsieur," a voice Intruded at his
"He turned with a start, annoyed.
"Well?" he demanded curtly, recogniz-
ing De Trebes.
The Frenchman bowed. "I have ths
honor to address Monsieur le Colonel
Reflecting that the man might af
ford him the information he sought,
O'Rourke unbent. "I am he, Monsieur
Surprised, the latter lifted his eye-
brows. showing even white teeth ln a
deprecatory smile. "You know me,
"By sight and reputation only, mon-
"I am honored."
No more than meseif, If It comes to
The vicomte laughed 'Then I may
presume to ask the favor of a word
Are ye not having it. monsieur?"
"True . . . But ln private?"
"One moment. Ye can do me a
favor, if ye will. Afterwards—"
"I am charmed."
" 'Tis not much I'll be asking ye—
merely a question or two. Now that
gentleman ye were talking with aw hile
back isn't he the Honorable Bertie
"The same, monsieur."
"And the lady who spoke to
"Madame Smyth-Herriott, I believe;
I know her only slightly."
"Then ye are not of their party?"
"Party1*" Des Trebes appeared per- 1 ' ' n! " ! • 1,1
pleied "What party?"
Why. Lady Pllnlimmon's, of
1 have not the honor of that lady's
Oh. ye have not? But Mr Glynn?"
rs here with me, monsieur—a fly-
ing trip. We ran down from Paris but
y- sterday Our meeting with Madame
Smyth-Herriott was quite accidental "
" Oh, the divvle!" said O'Rourke be-
neath his breath. Plainly he might
expect nothing more helpful from this
man; he had Jumped prematurely at a
baseless conclusion, it seemed And
by now it was much too late to think
of further pursuit. "That is all I
wished to know , monsieur," he admit-
ted lamely. "There was a lady in the
group whom I thought I recognized.
I wished to find her. and fancied ye
might perhaps direct me. Ye didn't
by any chance happen to hear Mrs.
Smyth-Herrlot say w here she was go-
ing with Mr. Glynn*"
'Tnhappily, no, monsieur."
\ ery well then What caiM have
the happiness to ser^e ye In?"
The Frenchman hesitated briefly.
* This is a trifle public," he suggest-
ed. "Will you not be kind enough to
good calves ready
ervice as you can buy; worth
money.—JAS. L. WADLEY,
. Ok la 50-4
K I Reds, it is time to get
and buy those fine eggs you
want to set this spring. Let mc pricc
you real good stock at farmers'
prices, selected from Iowa's best lay-
1 and 2. $1.50 for 15; $2.75
No. 3 and 4. $1 00 for 15; $175
e flock, $3.00 for 100 eggs.
MRS. M. E. BLAKE,
Park Ave., Phone 321
Notice to Creditors.
! 1 Hid
having claims against
deceased, are required
ame with the nece ;-
rs, to the undersigned ad-
at the office of J. B.
Norman, Oklahoma, with-
'«>ur months of the date hereof, or
i same will be forever barred.
Hated this 7th day of March. 1912.
DELI LA M HOPKINS,
H DUDLEY. Attorney. 49-*>t
of Haviland ch' ia
L. RENNER& SON
Dealt rs In
Fresh and Salt Meats,
Fish and Oysters
Iti-It nnai fti in t]i. Packing
Plant, if you will tr\ this
tin ; von will bin no other
Phone 317. Ptoni|it Delivery
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