The Norman Transcript. (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 18, No. 43, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 5, 1907 Page: 3 of 10
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BT ARTHUR HENPy VESFT
(CCfYEPjfrr.&OG. to D.4PPCE7VN & OQMQS/ftO
"The papers from the safe, did you
ay?" asked Helena in slow wonder.
"Perhaps you know that T was Ira-
prisoned in the room yonder. It took
me three hours to loosen the bar of
the window. I made my wny round
the sloping roof of the towers by the
atone gutter to the window of that
other room. The window was open.
When I gained it, and was about to
enter It, I saw this ma! s whom I be-
lieved to be your brother, enter the
room, bolt the door behind him, kneel
at the safe, open It, and abstract from
It a packet of papers which he now
has in his pocket."
If Forbes had expected Helena to
be dumfoundfid at this surprising
news, his wish was gratified. But it
was wonder tempered with infinite joy.
The papers that convicted her brother
of guilt had been rescued from the
cruel clutch of Madame de Varnier.
She did not realize at once that 1 had
steered clear of Charybdls only to fall
foul to Scylla. The i>eril of Sir Mor-
timer's guilt being known was now in-
finitely greater than it had been half
nn hour ago. Helena's defense of my-
self, and Madame de Varnier's untime-
ly interruption, had both alienated all
sympathy from Helena and strength-
ened his conviction that I was one of
If I had kept silent, so long, if It
seems unmanly that 1 shoukd have al-
lowed a woman to j.1ead in ray behalf
•—it is because I was racking my brain
for a means of escape from the awk
ward predicament that held me cap-
"I have told you. Captain Forbes,
that I hat,ve ample reasofi to l>?lieve lit
the honesty of Mr. Haddon. Tf he has
"alien any papers from the safe, it is
with my fullest apd deepest gratitude.
It was the woman there who bad
Htolen the*, from my brother. They
are personal papers. They concern
only my mother and myself now that
Mortimer is dead. Mr. Haddon will
restore them to me."
"I shall forbid that," protested
Forbes hotly. "I tell you, Miss Brett,
those are papers ot State. They be-
long to the State, i must see that
they are placed in the liai.js of the
ministers of the Foreign Office. For
the last time, give me these papers."
I leaped at the loophole Helena had
offered me. If I coulu not prevent
their falling into the hanus of Forbes,
at least I could delay that dire event.
"1 shall obey you. Miss ISrett. Into
your hands alone shall I place those
"If you please," she said with dig-
nity, and held out a hand that did not
tremble to receive them.
And still I hesitated. I saw the
gleam of resolution in the glitter of
Forbes' blue eyes. If i produced the
paper now it would be only to have
the king's messenger snatch them
from my grasp. Forbes turned to
Helena in angry triumph.
"You see. Miss Brett, he hesitates.
The woman and himself are as reluct-
ant that the papers fall into your
hands as they are that I obtain them.
He thinr that he may trick you, as
he has already once tricked me. Is
there nothing I can say to shake your
blind confidence in this treacherous
"Nothing," said Helena, with resolu-
tion; but I could see her troubled sur-
prise at my reluctance.
"Then I shall be forced to resort to
violence. I am going to have those
papers, and at once. If you are so
blind to the grave danger of letting
this man keep the papers, even for the
moment, I am not. How could he
have rak«n them from the safe unless
it were with the permission and per-
haps at the entreaty of this Madame
"The Inference is clear enough, I
should think—she must have left the
door of the safe open."
Helena spoke confidently, but trust
In roe had been put to a sore test.
"Yoar creduiity is veiy great if you
think that. Why, madam, I saw him
deliberately work the combination of
Helena uttered a cry of horror at
my supposed treachery. Her trust was
"I could not dream of a villainy so
Instinctively she came close to
Forbes' side as if for protection. She
had read in my eyes that Forbes siflk*
the truth. No words of mine could
convince her now of my sincerity.
Madame de Varnier hart been quite
forgotten by us all. Until now she
had been listening in breathless si-
lence. Forbes' declaration that I had
taken the papers must have seemed
to her the sheerest absurdity. She
had been certain that she had locked
the safe; she was equally certain that
no one but herself knew ti.? word by
which it might be opened. She must
have thought, too, that my tacit con
"And they speak of honor among
thieves!" he sneered in an aside to
I feared that Helena might make
an indignant protest. Hut she said
nothing. I supposed her silence dic-
tated by prudence; this was no time
to champion my cause. Hut as I
looked at her I read her perplexity in
her troubled eyes. I had given her
back the papers indeed, but that I
should have known the combination
was too startling a fact to be ac-
cepted without distrust. 1 could have
known the combination only from
Madame de Varnier; that proved to
me to have been in her confidence.
If 1 had repented and betrayed my
accomplice in my remorse, she was
"Mr. Haddon, It Is hard to believe 1
yon guilty of treachery. In spite of
everything, I wish to keep faith with
you. Hut will you not explain to Cap- i
"No, Miss ISrett," I returned bluntly,
"I shall make no explanation to Cap-
tain Forbes until he sees fit to ask ma
SEES DIFFERENT NOW
stolen quietly to the room, thinking ,
herself unobserved. Hut through our I grateful for the act itself, but she
backs had been turned from the room, j could no longer trust me.
I had seen her movement by her shad 1 "As "'Is woman says, Forbes was
ow cast on the floor by the setting 1 speaking to me, ihere Is nothing ti
sun pouring in the open window j detain us here longer. Hut you. sir,
through which Captain Forbes had as well as this woman, will leave this
, made his entrance. I ">°m onl> to be P|aced under arrest.
I clutched the arm of the king's mes- You must consider yourselt my pi is-
senger; I made an imperious gesture
for caution and silence. I pointed to
Madame de Varnier disappearing iuto
the little room of the safe. With a
motion incredibly light for so heavy a
man Forbes tiptoed after her, and
watched her open the safe through
the half-closed door.
It was only a question of instants
before she had thrown open (he door
With these words he strode toward
the door of the staircase, and turned
"It Is locked," he said sternly. "Who
has the key?"
1 handed it to him in silence. As he
received It from me be glanced mean-
ingly toward Helena. It was one more
link in the chain of evidence. 1 con
of the safe with a cry of dismay. But I fess I could have wished the key had
ti,at instant sufficed. j no' been in my pocket.
As Forbes turned his back to me I I He turned the key. lo the conster-
took swiftly from my pocket, the two nation of all of us the door still resist-
packets. One envelope was plain, with c(l bis efforts. He exerted all his
no writing on it. The other was ad strength to no purpose.
dressed to Sir Mortimer Brett and j "What new trick is this .' he de-
bore a foreign stamp. manded furiously of me
A WORD WITH DEMOCRATS
There is no little genuine s> mpathy I
And I should refuse to believe any, j , ur niliQy (p.nine I'll t s who honestly be- OKLAHOMA CITY; T. V. Gore,
said Forbes with contempt. You say ||eve democratic principles, and do democratic candidate for I'. S. senate,
your brother Is In that room. May I j m)I wont to v tp against their party, I is making speeches thri ughout t^e
see him. , anj ye( w|,0 arp disgusted with the two territories in which he Is saying.
She led the way to the oratory In ,.i,aracler 0f their candidate for gov-1 a lot of nice things about the demo
silence. The door closed gently be- | ^ ^ ^ othprs „„ the!lTal3. There
hind them. Madame de Varnier and I
some tilings, how
1 ticket foisted upon them. There are ever, which be Is not saying. These
. ,, „ , , many such democrats good solid bus- are the things he said in his speech
1 hope you are satisfied, monsieur, , , , , , , '
' jness men. who want statehood and over ten years ago in Dallas, Texas.
kell did not honestly gain the nom-
ination They know that even accept-
wltb your adventure In this Castle of
Happiness," she said with a hysterical
"I am waiting for the climax," I an-
swered significantly. "Is It to be a
comedy or a tragedy'"
"Oh, Clod!" she raised her clenched j '"K padded returns, he was n I
hands in a gesture full of anguish, "It ",p choice of a majority of their part>.
is I who am asking that " I Thev knew before the primary from
"Why did you look at me In that ! 'heir own peers that he was an unfit
manner. You wish to tell me some-
thing—to warn me."
an opportunity to develop the re-jlle was a populist then, and thought
sources of the state. These men | the republicans were quite honest and
know in the first place that Mr. Has- sincere. Here are some of the things
! man and they have learned since that
lie Is not only unfit but unsafe, and
that the election of such a man would
be a reproach to the state. These
he said in that memorable speech,
which he Is not saying now:
"The trouble with the democratic
party is that It is a party of states
men without statesmanship, of patri-
ots with patriotism, of heroes without
heroism. And that party's policy
when entrusted with power, always
leaves farmers without farms labor
ers without labor and free men with-
The death-mask—" she whispered.
Her emotion suffocated her. "Why
should Or. Starva have Imprisoned us j honest, worthy democrats are doing nt freedom
here, unless—" ] much hard thinking. They do n> t "Who ever heard of a democratic
I looked at her stupefied. | want to leave their party, but they I platform lasting over two years? The
"Hut Prince Ferdinand is not here j do want to see Mr. Haskell and others democratic platform Is barred by th<
at the chateau." i on the ticket defeated. Had a man [statute of limitation. There Is :i
Her self-control vanished utterly. | like Crtice ben the candidate, the
j could hove been enthusiastic over tli
out look from
No word was spoken. I had but to
hold the two packets before Helena.
In an instant she had hidden In the
bosom of her dress the first packet I
have mentioned, whose envelope was
plain; the other 1 returned to ray
Madame de Varnier sprang to her
feet with the lltheness of a tigress.
She came toward me as 1 stood by
"I think," it was to Madame de Var-
nier I answered, "that Dr. Starva has
taken the precaution of insuring him-
self a free field."
The Ladder of Stones.
Madame de Varnier had been seated
in sullen apathy. At my words she
She clung to me in her despair.
"Save him! Save him!"
"But Ferdinand is not at the cha-
teau!" I repeated.
Last night—in the music room—
that death mask!" She spoke Incoher-
ently, but her meaning was too clear.
"Yon knew that he was coming
"When you told me of the death-
mask, when I saw the rage of Dr.
Starva—I realized his danger. Yes,
he was coming here—to-night. Hut I
they have made up their minds not to
vote for Haskell, and many will go
still farther and vote for Frantz. Hut
they do not want Haskell's constitu-
tion. They wanut a people's consti-
tution, one under the provisions 'if
which they can invite capita land la-
bor into the state with the promise
of fail' play and equitable transac-
They know that the present con-
telegraphed him that at all costs he I stltuti n must be amended or state-
must not come. Hut if Dr. Starva by hood will be a farce, a simple means
some means intercepted that tele- j of rake-off for Haskell. Murray & Co.
gram—" | So these good, honest democratic bus-
"Who sent it?" I questioned anx- iness men. and farmers, are wonder-
scarcity of money the result of condi-
tions brought about by the democratic
their standpoint, but | (>arty.
"Tin- Flfly-sen nd congress had a
democratic majority of lis and if it
redeem a single pledge or observed
a single promise or kept a single com-
mand or discharged a single ohliga
tion to the people of the United States
I will quit ihe slump retire from the
canvass return to Mississippi and
never raise my voice again against
the democratic parly. The Fifty-sec-
ond congress was elected on Its prom-
ise of economy, the passage of the
free silver bill, and the repeal of the
McKinley bill. The first session ex
ceeded Ihe republican expenditures by
Forbes' side with a rage that was
dreadful in its intensity.
Before 1 could guess at her purpose
she had torn my coat open and seized
the packet I had placed there. She
pressed it into Forbes' hand. Her bit-
ter rage and disappointment made her
oblivious of the fact that she had
given only one of the packets.
"Take it!" she screamed. "Take it!
Ah, M. Coward, you are clever, but it
shall avail you nothing. At least I
shall have my revenge."
Forbes buttoned his coat over the
papers he had received with an
amazed but grim satisfaction. Helena,
standing apart from us. was convul-
sively clenching anil unclenching her
hands. Unseen by the other two, 1
cast her a meaning glance that she
should exert her strong will to regain
her poise. When they looked at her
she stood passive and acquiscent. As
for myself, I affected an air of chagrin
"You will bear me witness, Miss
Brett, that I did my best to place the
packet in your hand. I can only hope
that Captain Forbes will restore you
those papers without reading them, or
that they are of little Important."
"Little importance!" hissed Ma-
dame de Varnier. "Sir, guard those
papers well; your ministers at Down-
She Screamed. "Take it!"
looked up at me for a moment in dull
surprise. Then slowly, as if a mask
hail fallen over her face, an expression
of horror and inseusate fury disfigured
her beauty. She rushed to the door;
she shook it frantically; she beat on
it futile blows.
"What does It mean, this locked
door?" demanded Forbes of me once
"It means that Dr. Starva, the ally
of this woman, for some purpose of
Ills own. has imprisoned us here," I
answered calmly. "Even you, Captain
Forbes, will not accuse me of fasten-
ing the bolt."
He turned from me in contemptuous
silenc >. "It is only a question of a few
hours the most," lie said reassuring
"Then your prince Is doomed. It
was Jacques who betrayed to me your
presence here. I thought It was be-
cause I bribed him sufficiently well.
Be sure of this, he Is Starva's crea-
"Heavens, how you torture me! But
if this Is true, why did he allow Sir
Mortimer's sister to come to me? He
must have known that you sent for
"With ourselves she would be safe-
ly out of *ie way. Dr. Starva is moro
ingenious than I have given him the
credit of being. We are caught like
rats in a trap." •
"But you must save him!"
"Listen; it is not impossible. There
Is a ladder—not on this side, but be-
neath the window of the oratory."
Her eyes glittered in the semi-dark-
ness. She placed a finger on my lips.
I had cried out in my surprise.
"A ladder of a hundred feet or more!
And it stands against the wall of the
tower!" I exclaimed incredulously.
"Besides, if it were there, Captain
Forbes must have seen it."
"This ladder, 1 call it so for want of
a better name, is made of great stones
half as long as one's foi-earm that
project from the smooth masonry at
intervals of a foot. The chateau Is
old, very old. In feudal times, with
a stout rope, one might escape from
the tower. But it is impossible! We
have no rope." She wrung her hands.
"But if this ladder of stones reaches
from roof to terrace, it would be sim-
ple enough without a rope. The
stones are built out at regular inter-
vals? How far are they apart?
"At intervals of a foot, they reach in
a straight line for 100 feet. But the
chateau is 150 feet high. These stones
begin at the roof. No one could drop
that 60 feet to the marble terrace be-
low and live. Yes; we are caught like
rats in a trap."
"Fifty feet! it would mean a broken
limb, if not certain death. But it a
rope could be knotted of our clothing
for half that distance!"
1 went into the room through whose
window the king's messenger had
made his untimely entrance. I leaned
far out of the window, shuddering. I
was resolved to make the descent my-
self. Twice I had proved myself a
cowar-1 This was to be my chance,
unlest: Forbes should stubbornly re-
fuse to believe in the existence of
The moon was rising; it shed an un-
earthly light on the pale face of Ma-
dame de Varnier as she looked up at
me anxiously. The wind came in fit-
Suddenly there sounded a muffled re-
lug how to vote for members of the ! *' .O00.i>«)0. and the second exceeded it
know that < nlv ' * lo.ooo.ooo. A republican senate pass-
through a republican legislature can
the constitution be amended so us to
make it just to those already here and
fair to those who would come here.
Again, these good solid democrats are
reluctant to leave their party. What
are they t;> do? Party regularity is
a fetich with many, especially with
older democrats. On the other hand,
are the questions ol' property, of tax-
ation, of schools, of increased busi-
ness. of legal matters, and homes and
firesides. To those men it is all a
Hut this can be said: In many a
national and stale campaign, men
ed the free coinage bill, and a demo-
cratic congress killed it.
"The republican party stands for
principle, tin ugh that principle he
wrong, and it will always fight you
in the open, but the democratic party.
Judas 11'..e, will kiss and betray. The
democrats murdered the free coin-
age 1:111. It was murdered In the
house bv its supposed friends. In the
matter of the repeal of the McKinley
bill 12."> protected articles the demo-
crats placed three on the free list—
wool, indigo and hides."
Has the democratic party changed
its tactics of fighting in the dark, or
have temp rarily left their party for "kissing and betraying since Mr.
the Sake of good citizenship, and Gore became its candidate for seim
good government. Republicans left 'or? Do not the republicans still
their party in Ohio In 1905, republi-1 "Pbt for principle as much as they
cans left their party in .Massachusetts ' did in the good old days when Mr.
in 1904, republicans have left their Core saw things only through the
party more than once In New York spectacles ol a pop? As a matter of
and Pennsylvania. Time and time fact Isn't this a pretty gu il govern
again have republicans anil democrats men! under republican rule, and
left Iheir part} lor a year in '■.'bnuke wouiiln t il lie well to go ahead with
unfit candidates or unjust methods. | 'be republican band wagon instead of
And n vv, in 1907. democrats should | following Mr. Gore and his associates
leave their party In* Oklahoma. They, "bout through the by-path of demo-
will not cease to lie democrats; they era tic objections and fault findings?
will only prove themselves to be bet-
While President Roosevelt Is real
tor democrats than those who reiuuln.
It may require courage it may re- 'y n0' an °dr state campaign.
quire more than courage, but every yet all republicans and thousands of
gooil honest democrats should have democrats will .resent the flings of
the courage to put patriotism above | Haskell and his managers The peo-
partianship, to put the welfare of his pie of the whole country are with the
state and his people and his own in-1 president In his efforts to bring about
terests above party fealty. Then next better conditions in interstate cam-
year put up bettor men, the best men, j merce and the criticisms of certain
and if conditions are reversed, the! small democrats will not help thai
republicans will show 'floir independ-! party.
ence and patriotsm by similar actlrn ;
how those primary
wore padded, even according
ccratic testimony. But there will In
a different method of counting the
votes on September 17.
! Democrats who want to remain reg-
ret urns ular can do so by voting for a single
to dem-j candidate only on their ticket and
making no other mark. That would
defeat the undesirable citizens and
retain their regularity.
t'ad Allan!, managing editor of tli ■
OKLAHOMA CITY: C. N'. Haskell.
Stat.- Capital, has coined a new word 1 Suest of Muskogee, during his tour o.
•—it is "Haskellize" and ho gives its
devnltlon as follows: "To Haskellize
is to say (lint which you know is not
true, whinich you know the self-
thinking reading public kfiows is not
true, hut which you think the ig-
norant, unthoughf.il pliant portion I ^.ankiin"'"county, ' Ohio"''courts,
your hearers or readers may not know
is at her than gospel truth.
tln proposed new state, has frequently
asserted that he was not a regular
railroad pr motor but simply an "or-
dinary contractor who took jobs of
grading, etc.'' The following court,
record from the case of Calvin E.
Broadliead vs. C. N. Haskell, In the
which the plaintiff secured a judg
ment of some $17,000 against the Ar
~ ~ : , j kansas candidate for governor is c-
re U not an hom-st man demo- Ja„y ,nteresting.
nat or republican in either territory., Q N()W fhen Mr Ha8kelI§ to go
b it wilt admit that X. Haskell you dpeak all about Mr. Uroad-
ar unfit man for governor. Even tin* lead's knowledge of railroad nutters;
(it>i democrats of three score and ten)how long have you been a railroad
vho never voted any other ticket and promoter?
thinks lie is ti.o old to change now, j \ About sixteen
' I port. At first I thought it thunder In
ly to i.elena. "At dawn we can at (]ie far-away mountains. Hut as I 11s-
tract the attention of some one from t,>ned intently the mysterious sound balks at Haskell, and will stay at y ,\m| promoted quite
the street. In the meanwhile we must i wa3 repeated again and again, though home on election day rather than vote rai]r lujs?
be patient. | ,nore and more feebly
"I am thankful that you were able I )rom above.
to make your way to me," said Helena j "i)(, you hear it, that strange, muf-
brokenly. "It would be dreadful to be 1 „e(i clap? j asliCd 0f Madame de Var-
here alone with my brother lying dead ] ujer
in that, room."
"Are we to make no effort!" I de-
And it ciuno for such a character for the highest ,lt railroads?
office of the new state. j q Promoted the Findley and Ft.
manded. "Surely in some way—"
My words were arrested on my lips.
Madame de Varnier had abandoned
herself to her despair. As I spoke she
looked up furtively, and then trans-
fixed me with a glance cf warning.
fession of taking the papers was a I longer are we to stay here?
ruse to deceive her, though she could j Captain Forbes showed little su.-
not guess its purpose. prise at the turn affairs had t..„en.
But when Captain Forbes asserted He interpreted Madame de \ armor a
with evident sincerity thai he had seen move as that of one who hart be
me working the combination her anx trayed a confederate for motives of
lety becatce unendurable. At the risk revenge. While he recogn ied the
Hjf being surprised at the safe, she had 'act, he mistook the motive.
ing street will not thanl; you if you j -|f you can suggest a means, I am
lose them. And now, M. Coward, thai ready to listen," said Foibes. "But
you have conquered me, but not -ob | tt door of oak with its bands of steel
bed me of my revenge, "how much j is beyond my strength. As to the pos-
! siblllty of a descent from the outside,
It Is hopeless to think of It. Even If
She took my place at the open win-
! dow. For some moments she heard
j nothing. Then, strangely enough,
though the wind was blowing almost
j a gale, it sounded distinctly.
I "It is a flag on the high flagstaff of
i the central tower," she said presently.
: "lint who can have given orders that
i it be raised?"
"That Is a matter of inillfTeronce," 1
said joyfully. "An ensign so large us
that requires a fairly substantial cord.
If we can get that cord and plait it—
Where Is it fastened? Surely at one
of these windows?"
"No," she said anxiously, "it is Dr.
Starva who has raised that flag. Hut
why?" The question seemed to In
"—Is not to be trusted, I am afraid,' (.veivM iH.r anxiety.
said he, with a aaeer. 5TO bi; continued.)
Mr. Haskell is now facing the lies
and misrepresentations of the earltei
part of the campaign. N wonder that
lie has told his managers to be more
careful about their statements.
and Detroit and Lima North-
Helped, yes, sir.
And the St. Mary?
Helped in it.
You are now promoting one out
in Indian Territory?
. , . A. Built, three in Indian Territory
which for the purpose of the coming1 ... . , ,,
mi.ii iui , , , m connection with associates la the
Under the Oklahoma election laws.
election, are etended over the Indian
Ti rritory, registration
last four years.
one existed, I should scarcely avail
myself of it, leaving you with these
people, Miss Brett."
"Hut Mr. Haddon—"
: If this man Haskell from Arkansas
When H conies to a- choice between j ohi" has 1,tcl)n,e the m09t thor"
Col. Held and Mr. West for attorney | ou^'y despised man in the new state
general Mr. Reid should gat ten votes
of Oklahoma, It is his own fault. His
to the latter's one. No Grafter for at
. record is now known and his charac
er lul'.y exposed.
There is one thing about Hill Taft- j Republican vici, ry is In sight If the
he woul 1 be a poor customer tor Ivote is cast. The only danger
C iid bricks.
i now is in over-confidence,
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