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I II SYNOPSIS Mrs. Keziah Coffin. supposed widow, ls arranging to move from Trumet to Bos- ton, following the death of her brother, IFr whom she had kept house. Kyan per. widower, offers marriage, and is gnantly refused. Capt. Elkanah Dan- s, leader of the Regular church offers ezlah a place as housekeeper for the w minister, and she decides to remain Trumet. Keztah takes charge of Ray. hn Ellery, the new minister and gives m advice ae to his conduct toward lnembers of the parish. CHAPTER IIIDContlnued. "Keziah," he commanded. "Hum-- ha! Keziah, come in here a minute.*' Kezlah came in response to the call, bar sewing in her hand. The renova- tion of the parsonage had so far pro- gressed that she could now find time for a little sewing, after the dinner dishes were done. "Kezlah," old the captain pompons- iy, "we expect you to look out for Mr: Ellery in every respect. Tile parish committee expects that~yes." "I'll try," said Mrs. Coffin shortly. "Yes. Well, that's all. You can go VCe must be going, too, Mr. Ellery. Please consider our house at your dis- posal any time. Be neighborly--hum ~ha!--be neighborly." "Yes," purred Annabel. "Do come and see us often. Congenial society is very scarce In Trumet, for me espe- cially. We can read together. Are you fond of Moore. Mr. Ellery? I Just dote on him." The last "hum--ha" was partially drowned by the click of the gate. Ke- giah closed the dining-room door. "Mrs. Coffin," said the minister, "I shan't trouble the parish committee. Be sure of that. I'm perfectly satis- fied." Kezlah sat down in the rocker and her needle moved very briskly for a moment. Then she said, without looking up: "That's good. I own up 1 llke to hear you say it. And 1 am glad there are some things I do like about this new place of mine. Because--well, because there's likely to be others that I shan't llke at all." On Friday evening the minister conducted his first prayer meeting. Before it, and afterwards, he heard a good deal concerning the Come- Outera. He learned that Captain Eben Hammond had preached against ~im in the chapel on Sunday. MSst of his own parishioners seemed to think it a good Joke. The sun of the following Thursday morning rose behind a curtain of fog as dense as that of the day upon which Ellery arrived. A flat calm in the forenoon, the wind changed about three o'clock, and, beginning with a sharp and sudden squall from the laorth-west, blew hard and steady. Yet *~he fog still cloaked everything and ;refused to be blown away. "Coin' out tn this, Mr. Elleryi" ex- claimed Keziah, in amazement, as the lnlnister put on hts hat and coat about seven that evening. "'Sakes alive! ~you won't be able to see the way to the gate. It's as dark as a nlgger's l)ocket and thicker than young ones Jn a poor man's family, as my father ~nsed to say. You'll be wet through. Where in the world are you bound for thts nigher ?'' ! The minister equivocated. He said "he had been In the house all day and ;felt like a walk. ! "Well, take an umbrella, then," was the housekeeper's advice. "You'll ~eed it before you get back, I eat'late." It was dark enough and thick !enough, in all conscience. T~e main xoad was a black, wet void, through *~'hich gleams from lighted windows iwere big vague, yellow blotches. The ,umbrella was useful In the same way ithat a blind man's cane is useful, in 'feeling the way. Two or three strag- iglers who met the minister carried :,lanterns. John Ellery stumbled on 'through the mist till he reached the "Corners" where the store was located and the roads forked. There, he turned to the right, Into the way called locally "Hammond's Turn-off." A short distance down the "Turn-off" stood a small, brown-shlngled building, its windows ~light. Opposite its door, on either side of the road, grew a spreading hornbeam tree surrounded ~y a cluster of swamp blackberry" bushes. In the black shadow of the hornbeam Mr. Ellery stood still. He "was debating tn his mlnd a question: should he or should he not enter that building? As he stood there, groups of people emerged from the'fog and darkness and passed In at the door. Some of t.hem he had seen during his fortnight in Trumet. Others were strangers to him. A lantern danced and wabbled up the "Turn-off" from the direction of the bay shore and the packet wharf. It drew near, and he maw that it was carried by an old man wlth long, white hair and chin beard, who walked with a slight limp, Beside him was a thin ~oman wearing a black poke bonnet and a shawl. In the rear of the pair came another woman, a young woman, Judging by the way she was dressed and her lithe, vigorous step, The the . halted on the platform of the building The old man blew out the lantei, n, Then he threw the door open and a stream of yellow light poured over ebe group.. The young woman was Grace Van Horns. The minister recognized her at once. Undoubtedly, the old man with the limp was her guardian, Cap- fain Eben Hammond, who, by common report, had spoken of him, Ellery, as a "hired priest." The door closed. A few moments thereafter the sound of a squeaky me- lodeon came from within the building. It wailed and quavered and groaned. Then, with a suddenness that was startling, came the first verse of a hymn, sung with tremendous enthusi- ' asm: "Oh, who shall answer when the Lord shall call His ransomed sinners home.~ The hallelujah chorus was still ring- ing when the watcher across the street stepped out from the shadow of the hornbeam. Without a pause he strode over to the platform. An- other moment and the door had shut behind him The minister of the Trumet Regular church had entered the Come-Outer chapel to attend a Come-Outer prayer- meeting! CHAPTER IV In Which the Parson Cruises lit 8trange Waters The Come-Outer chapel was as bare instde, almost, as it was without. Bare wooden walls, a beamed ceiling, a raised platform at one end with a table and chairs and the melodeon upon It, rows of wooden settees for the congregation--that was all. As the minister entered, the worshipers were standing up to sing. Three or four sputtering oil lamps but dimly illumined the place and made recogni- tion uncertain. The second verse of the hymn was Just beginning as Ellery came in. Most Of the forty or more grown people In the chapel were too busy wrestling with the tune to turn and look at him. A child here and there in the back row twisted a curious neck but twist- ed back again as parental fingers tugged at its ear. The minister tip- toed to a dark corner and took his stand In front of a vacant settee. The man whom Ellery had decided must be Captain Eben Hammond was standing on the low platform beside the table. A quaint figure, patriarchal with tts flowing white hair and beard, puritanical with its set, smooth-shaven lips and tufted br~ws. Captain Eben held an open hymn book back In one hand and beat time with the other. He wore brass-bowed spectacles well down toward the tip of his nose. Swinging a heavy, stubby finger and singing in a high, quavering voice of no particular register, he led off the third verse: "Oh. who shall weep when the roll le called And who shall shout for Joy?" The singing over, the worshipers sat down. Captain Eben took a fig- ured handkerchief from his pocket and wiped his forehead. The thin, near-sighted young woman who had been humped over the keyboard of the melodeon, straightened up. The wor- shipers relaxed a little and began to look about. Then the captain adjusted his spec- tacles and opened a Bible, which he took from the table beside him. Clear-~ lag his throat, he announced that he would read from the Word, tenth chapter of Jeremiah: "'Thus saith the Lord. Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.'" "A-men I" The shout came from the second bench from the front, where Ezekiel Bassett, clam digger and fervent re- llgionlst, was always to be found on meeting nights. Ezekiel was the fa- ther of Susannah B. Bassett, "Sukey B." for short, who played the melo- deon. He had been, by successive seizures, a Seventh Day Baptist, a Second Adventist, a Millerlte, a Regu- lar, and was now the most energetic i of Come-Outers. Later he was to be- come a Spiritualist and preside at table-tipping seances. Ezekiel's amen was so sudden and emphatic that it startled the reader into looking up, Instead of the faces ~f hls congregation, he found himself treated to a view of their back hair. Nearly every head was turned toward i the rear corner of the room, there was i a buzz of whl~'perlng and, in front, ! many men and women were standing! up to look. Ezekiel Bassett stepped forward and whispered in his ear. The cap- rain's expression of righteous indigna- tion changed to one of blank aston- ishment. He, too, ga~ed at the dark corner. Then his lips tightened and he rapped smartly on the table. "My friends," he said, "let us bow in prayer." John Ellery could have repeated that prayer, almost word for word, years after that night. The captain prayed for the few here gathered together: Let them be steadfast. Let them be comitant in the way. The path they were treading might he narrow and be. set with thorns, but it was the path leading to glory. "Scoffers may sneer," he declared, his voice rising; "they may make a mock of us, they may even come Into thy presence to laugh at us, but theirs :s the laugh that turns to groanln'." And so on, his remarks becoming more personal and ever pointing like a compa~'- needle to the occupant of that seat in the corner. "O Lord," prayed Captaln Hammond, the perspiration in beads on his fore- head, "thou hast said that the pastors become brutish and have not sought thee and that they shant prosper. Help us tonight to labor with this one that he may see his error and repent in sackcloth and ashes." They sang once more, a hymn that prophesied woes to the unbeliever. Then Ezekiel Bassett rose to "testify." The testimony was mainly to ;he ef- fect that he was happy because he had fled to the ark of safety whlle there was yet time. Captain Eben called for more testi- mony. But the testiflers were, to use the old minstrel Joke, backward in coming forward that evening. At an ordinary meeting, by this time, the shouts and enthusiasm would have been at their height and half a dozen Come-enters on their feet at once, re- lating their experiences and proclaim- ing their happiness. But tonight :here was a damper; the presence of :he leader of the opposition cast a ~hadow over the gathering. Only the bravest attempted speech. The others sat silent, showing their resentment and L contempt, by frowning glances ,~er their shoulders and portentous :lode one to the other. The captain looked over the meet- lug. "I'm ashamed," he said, "ashamed ~)f the behavior of some of us in the Lord's house. This has been a failure, this service of ours. We have kept still when we should have justified our faith, and allowed the presence of a stranger to interfere with our duty to the Almighty. And I will say," he added, his voice rising and trembling with indignation, "to him who came here uninvited and broke up this meet- in', that it would be well for him to remember the words of Scriptur', 'Woe unto re, false prophets and workers of iniquity.' Let him remember what the divine wisdom put into my head to read to-night: 'The pastors have become brutish and have not sought the Lord; therefore they shall not prosper.'" "Amen ! .... Amen ! .... Amen ! .... So be it!" The cries came from all parts of the little room. They ceased abruptly, for John Ellery was on his feet. "Captain Hammond," he said. "I re. allze that I have no right to speak In this building, but I must say one word. My coming here to-nlght may have been s mistake; I'm inclined to think It was. But I came not, as you seem to infer, to sneer and ~scoff; cer- tainly I had no wish to disturb your service. I came because I had heard repeatedly, since my arrival In this town, of this society and its meetings. I had heard, too, that there seemed to be a feellng of antagonism, almost hatzed, against me among you here. I ce~Idn't see why. Most of you have, 1 believe, been at one time members of the church where I preach. wished to find out for myself how much of truth there was in the sto- ries I had heard and to see if a bet- ter feellng between the two societies might not be brought about. Those were my reasons for coming here to- night. As for my being a false proph- "I'm Not Crying," She Gasped. et and a worker of Iniquity"~he smtled--"well, there is another verse of Scripture I would call to your at- tention: 'Judge not that ye be not judged.'" He sat down. There was silence for a moment and then a buzz of whis- pering. Captain E~en, who had heard him with a face of iron hardness rapped the table. "We will sing in closin'," he said "the forty-second hymn. After which the benedlction will be pronounced." The Regular minister left the Come- Outers' meeting with the unpleasant conviction ~hat he had blundered bad" ly. His visit, instead of tending toward better understanding and more cor- dial relationship, had been regarded as an intrusion. So that old bigot was the Van Home girl's "uncle." It hardly seemed pos- sible that she, who appeared so re- fined and ladylike when he met her at the parsonage, should be a member of that curious company. When he rose to speak he had seen her in the front row, beside the thin, middle-aged female who had entered the chapel with. Captain Hammond and with her. She wu looking at him intently.' The lamp over the speaker's table had shone full on her face and the picture remained in his memory. He law her eyes and the wavy shadows of her hair on her forehead. He had taken but a few steps when there was a rustle in the wet grass behind him. "Mr. Ellery,? whispered a voice, "Mr. Ellery, may I speak to you Just a moment?" He wheeled In surprise. "Why! why, Miss Van Hornet" he exclaimed. "Is it you?" "I felt," she said, "that I must see you and--explain. I am so sorry you came here to-night. Oh, I wish you hadn't. What made you do it?" "I came," began Ellery, somewhat stiffly, "because l~well, because I thought it might be a good thing to do." There was a bitterness in his tone, unmistakable. And a little laugh from his companion dld not tend to soothe hls feelings. "Thank you," he sald. "PerhaRs it Is funny. I dld not find it so. Good evening." The girl detained him as he was turning away. "I came after you," went od "Grace rapidly and with nervous haste, "be- cause I felt that you ought not to mis- judge my uncle for what he said to- night. He wouldn't have hurt your feelings for the world. He Is a good man and does good to everybody. If you only knew the good he does do, you wouldn't--you wouldn't dare think hardly of him." "I'm not Judging your uncle," he de- clared. "It seemed to me that the boot was on the other leg." "I know, but you do Judge him, and you mustn't. You see, he thought you had come to make fun of him--and us. Some of the Regular people do, people who aren't fit to tie his shoes. And so he spoke against you. He'll be sorry when he thinks it over. That's what I came to tell you. I ask your pardon for--for him." She turned away now, and It was the minister who detained her. "I've been thinking," he said slowly, for In his present state of mind it was a hard thing to say, "that perhaps I ought to apologize, too. I'm afraid I did disturb your service and I'm sorry. I meant well, but~ What's that? Rain?" There was no doubt about it; i.t was rain and plenty of it. It came in a swooping downpour that beat upon the trees and bushes and roared upon the roof of the chapel. The minister hur- riedly raised his umbrella. "Here!" he commanded, "you must take the umbrella. ~.Really, you must. You haven't one and you'll be wet :through." She pushed the umbrella aside. "No, no," she answered. "I don't need it; I'm used to wet weather; truly I am. And I don't care for this hat; 'it's an old one. You have a long way to go and I haven't. Please, Mr. Ellery, I can't take tt." "Very well," was the sternly self- sacrificing reply, "then I shall certain- ly go with you as far as the gate. I'm sorry, if my company is distasteful, but--" He did not finish the sentence, think- ing, it may be, that she might finish it for him. But she was silent, merely removing her hand from the handle. She took a step forward; he followed. holding the umbrella 5ver liar head. They plashed on, without speaking, through the rapidly forming puddles. Presently she stumbled and he caught her arm to prevent her falling. To his surprise he felt that arm shake in his grasp. "Why, Miss Van~Horne!" he ex- claimed tn great concern, "are you crying? I beg your pardon. Of course I wouldn't think of going another step with you. I didn't mean to trouble you. I only~ If you will please take this umbrella--" Again he tried to transfer the um- brella and again she pushed it away. "I--I'm not crying," she gasped; "but--oh, dear! this is so funny!" "Funny!" he repeated. "Well, per- haps it Is. Our ideas of fun seem to differ. I~" "Oh, but it i= so funny. You don't understand. What do you think your congregation would say if they knew you had been to a Come-Outers' meet- ing and then Insisted on seeing a Come-Outer girl home?" John Ellery swallowed hard. A vi- sion of Captain Elkanah Danlels and the stately Miss Annabel rose before his mind's eye. Its hadn't thought of hls congregation in connection with this impromptu rescue of a damsel In distress. "Possibly your Uncle Eben might be somewhat---er--surprlsed if he knew you were with me. Perhaps he might have something to say on the sub- Ject." "I guess he would. We shall know very soon. I ran away and left him with Mrs. Poundherry, our housekeep- er. He doesn't know where I am. I wonder he hasn't turned back to look for me before this. We shall probably meet him at any moment." Fifty yards away the lighted win- dows of the Hammond tavern gleamed yellow. Farther on, over a ragged, moving fringe of grass and weeds, was a black, fiat expanse--the bay. And a little way out upon that expanse twinkled the lights of a vessel. A chain rattled. Voices shouting exult- ingly came to their ears. "Why!" exclaimed Grace in excited wonder, "it's the packet! She was due this morning, but we didn't expect her in till to-morrow. How did she find her way in the fog? I must tell uncle." She started to run toward the hour. The minister would have followed with the umbrella, but she stopped him. "No, Mr. Ellery," she' urged earnest- ly. "No, please don't. I'm all right now. Thank you. Gooff night." A few steps farther on she turned. 'q hope Cap'n Elkanah won't know," she whispered, the laugh returmng to her voice. "Good night." (TO B~ CONTINUED.) IDEA ANNOYED OLD GOLDE He Knew From Experience That Col- lege Education by No Means Unfitted Boy for Work. "Woodrow ~Vilson naturally believes In a college education for boys and glrls alike," said a hanker at the Princeton club in New York. 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