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(Copyright, 1898, 1900, by S. R. Crockett.) CHAPTER XXXl, Theresa,s Last Secret. e aPProaching ten of the clock Jorlan had already visited and were now ready to venture with Theresa yon fools like old fools!" grumbled s,.,..:,ntlously, as he buckled on nattd breastplate, that could le pelts, quarrels and even bul- POWder guns as the prow of the waves to either side northerly wind. You should know," retorted both old and a fool." 'is known by the company if" answered Jorian. sighed his companion, "I I had the choosing of the iI am to keep this night!" !" assented Jorian, looking Once as he thought of pret- Pappenhelm. We do it from a good motive," "that is one comfort. And lives,' Prince Conrad will masses (they will need to lnany) for your soul's peace quittance from purgatory!" said Jorlan, as if he did ~Uch comfort in that, "I would ~ave a box on the ear from Mar- than all the matins of that ever sung laudS" have that and welcome--if do as well!" cried Anna, men went out into the long ssage. have hurt my hand against helmet. It serves me right Marthe! "--she looked r her sister before turning to I have hurt my hand," she 8he made the tears well up in by an art of the tongue she It Well, Marthe!" she said, Up at her sister as she came Passage swinging a lantern as if there were not a in the world. forestalled the newcomer the small white hand in leathern grip of his palm mall stopped. that better than any sis- said. Indeed, you cannot; for only of love can make a hurt bet- I love you!" said Boris, wooing plainly. not kiss her hand. the others had wandered of the passage and now :he turnpike staircase, the Pappenheim's lantern a dim haze of light about t lOOked at Boris as often as she love me?" she ques- you cannot; you have too brief a time. Besides, time to speak of love, with at the gates!" said Boris, with the rough- Anna had looked for in all the ,'outh of Courtland. girl, it is the time. You and God be thanked! While I shall ride away back which is a place where I shall not go alone. You, shall come, too!" are not deceiving me?" she ~, looking up upon occasion. at Plassenburg whom all?" '.never loved any woman but ld Boris, settling his con- adding mentally, "though I thought I did when I told any man!" said Anna, softly making, however, a similar [Ireek met Greek, and both happy tn the belief that Be patient." Was the only mental reser- in her. cloak of blue, with the low over her face, Ther- was waiting for Boris at the door of the market- !, You for your fidelity;" she ay. "I have great need of a great secret in your COUld not ask one of the fol- Prince Conrad, nor yet a sol- Duchess Joan, lest when Which shall be don,~ to. Prince or the Duchess held blameworthy, hating nr lose. But you are of and will bear me wit. Boris and Jorian silently signified their obedience and readiness to serve her. Then she gave them their in- structions. "You will conduct me past the city guards, out through the gates, and take me towards the camp of the Prince of Muscovy. There you will leave me, and I shall be met by one who in like manner will lead me through the enemy's posts." "And when shall you return, my Lady Theresa? We will wait for you!" "Thank you, gentlemen: You need not wait. I shall not return!" "Not return ?" cried Jorlan and Boris together, greatly astonished. "No," said Theresa, very slowly and quietly, her eyes set on the darkness. "Hear ye, Captains of Plassenburg. I will give you my mind. You are trusty men, and can. as I have proved, hold your own counsel." Boris and Jorian nodded. There was no difficulty about that. "Good !" they said together as of old. "Listen, then," Theresa went on. "You know, and I know, that unless quick succor come, the city is doomed. You are men and soldiers, and whether ye make an end amid the din of battle, or escape for this time, is a matter wherewith ye do not trouble your minds till the time comes. But for me, be it known to you that I am the wid- ow of Henry the Lion of Kernsberg. My son Maurice is the true heir to the Dukedom. Yet, being bound by an oath sworn to the man who made me his wife, I have never claimed the throne for him. But now Joan his sister knows, and out of her great heart she swears that she will give up the Duchy to him. If, therefore, the city is taken, the Muscovite will slay my son, slay him by their hellish tortures, as they have sworn to do for the despite he put upon Prince Ivan. And his wife, the Prtncess Margaret, will die of grief when they carry her to Moscow to make a bride of a widow. Joan will be a prisoner, Conrad either dead or a priest, and Kernsberg, the heritage of Henry the Lion, a fief of the Czar. There is no help in any. Your Prince would succor, but it fakes time to raise the country, and long ere he can cross the frontier the Russian will have worked his will in Courtland. Now I see a way--a woman's way. And if I fall in the doing of it, well--[ hut go to meet him for the sake of whose children I freely give my life. In this bear me witness." "Madam," said Boris, gravely, "we are but plain soldiers. We pretend not to understand the great matters of state of which you speak. But rest as- sured that we will serve you with our lives, bear true witness, and in all things obey your word implicitly." Without difficulty they passed through the streets and warded gates. They plunged into the darkness of the outer night. At first in the swirl of the storm the three could see nothing; but gradually the watchfires of the Muscovite came out thick-sown like stars on the rising grounds on both sides of the Alla. Presently they began to descend into the valley, the iron- shod feet of the men clinking upon the stones. Theresa walked silently, steeped in thought, laying a hand on arm or shoulder as she had occasion. Suddenly tall Boris stopped dead and with a sweep of his arm halted the others. "There!" he whispered, pointing up- ward. And against the glow thrown from behind a ridge they could see a pair of Cossacks riding to and fro ceaselessly, dark against the ruddy sky. "Captains Boris and Jorian," Ther- esa was speaking with quietness, rais- ing her voice just enough to make her- self heard over the roar of the wind overhead, for the nook in which they presently found themselves was shel- tered, "1 bid you "adieu--it may be !arewell. You have done nobly and like two valiant captains who were fit to war with Henry the Lion. I thank you. You will bear me faithful wit- ness in the things of which I have spo- ken to you. Take this ring from me, not in recompense, but in ~nemory. It is a bauble worth any lady's accept- ance. And you this dagger." She :ook two from with~ her mantle, and gave one to Jorian. "It is .~ood steel and will not fail you. The fellow of it I will keep!" "as you have commanded, so will we do!" And as they had been bidden they withdrew into a clump of willow and alder. "Yonder woman is braver than you or I, J0rlan," said Boris, as crouching they watched her climb the ridge. "Which of us would do aa much for any on the e'artl.?" "After all, it is for her son. If you had children, who can say~?" "Whether I may have children or no concerns you not," returned Boris, who seemed unaccountably ruffled. "I only know that I would not throw away my !lie for a baker's dozen el them !" Upon the'skyllne Theresa yon Lynar stood a moment looking backward to She motioned them backward with her hand. "Abide there among bushes till you see a man come out to meet me. Then depart, and till you have good reason keep the last secret of Theresa, wife of I~nry the Lion of Kernsberg and Ho- h~nsteln !" Boris and Jorlan bowed themselves a~ low as the straltness of their armor wruld permit. "We thank you, madam," they said; muLke sure that her late escort was hidden. Then she took a whistle from ii iI her gown and blew upon it shrilly in m lull of the storm. At the sound the war-captains could see the Cossacks drop their lances and,pause in their unwearying ride. They appeared to listen eagerly, and upon the whistle being repeated one of them threw np a hand. Then between them and on foot the watchers saw another man stand, a dark shadow against the watehfircs. He came straight towards Theresa as if he expected a visitor. The two men in hiding saw him take her hand as a host might that of an honored guest, kiss it reverently, and then lead her up the little hill to where the sentinels waited motionless on their horses. So soon as the pair had passed within the lines, their figures and the Cossack salute momentarily silhouetted against the watch fires, t]~o horsemen resumed their flao~otonous ride. By this time Jorian's head was above the bushes and his eyes stood well-nigh out of his head. "Down, foolI" growled Boris, taking him by the legs and pulling him flat; "the Cossacks will see you!" "'Boris," gasped Jorian, who had de. scended so rapidly that the fa;l and the weight of his plate had driven the wind out of him, "I know that fellow. I have seen him before. It is Prince Wasp's physician. Alexis the Deacon. Came straight toward Theresa. I remember him in Courtland when first we came thither!" "Well, and what of that?" grunted Boris, staring at the little detached tongues of willow-leaf flame which were blown upward from the. Musco- vite watchfires. "What of that, man?" retorted Boris. "Why, only this. We have been duped. She was a traitress, after all. This has been planned a long while." "Traitress or saint, it is none of our business," said Boris grimly. "We had better get ourselves within the walls of Courtland, and say nothing to any of this night's work!" "At any rate," added the long man as an afterthought, "I have the ring. It will be a rare gift for Anna." Jorian looked ruefully at his dagger holding it between the rustling alder leaves, so as to catch the light from the watchfires. The red glow fell on a lewol in the hilt. "'Tis a pretty toy enough, but how can I give that to Marthe? It is not a fit keepsake for a lady!" "Well," said Boris, suddenly ap- peased, "I will barter you for it. I am not so sure that my pretty spitfire would not rather have it than any ring I could give her. Shall we exchange?" "But we promised to keep them as souvenirs?" urged Jorian, whose con- science smote him slightly. "One does not tell lies to a lady--at least where one can heh) it." "It ~lepends upon the lady!" said Boris, practically. "You can tell your Marthe the truth. I will please myself with Anna. Hand ovlPr the dagger." So wholly devoid of sentiment are war-captains when they deal with keepsakes. (To be continued.) Bryan on Ruthless Selfishness, "Selfishness, a ruthless consideration for none but is the great trouble with many of our captains of industry," said William Jennings Bryan at a dinner in Milwau- kee. "If the thing keeps on we shall develop an aristocracy as hard and unsympathetic and cruel as that which a certain count once typified. "This count traveled by the train de luxe from Paris to Monte Carlo, and on his arrival at the gayest and most beautiful of the Riviera towns he sent for his valet. "The valet, it seems, had preceded ~tm on the journey, but the train had been wrecked and the poor fellow killed. This was explained to the count by his courier, who ended the sad tale with the words: 'Alas! sir, I looked my last upon poor Francois two hours ago. His corpse lies on the outskirts of Mentone, cut in a hun- dred pieces.' "'Oh, very well," said the count. 'Just go back and fetch me the piece that contains my trunk keys.' "--Phil, adelphia Record. She Made No Mistake. "It was my first experience at one o' them afternoon teas," said Aunt Maria Blake on her return from a visit In the city, "but I kep' my eyes open an' watched the others an' don't think I made any~mistakes, even if I ain't used to the ways of city folks. I never see anything purtier than the refreshment tables was. all tricked out with ribbons and flowers, and they'd sandwiches all rolled up and tied with narrer pink ribbon. Just think !" "And what was the ribbon for?" Asked the listener. "Why, [ reckon it was ~to eat--least. wise I et mlne!"--Lippincott's Maga, zir, e~ HORIIULT,UiIE LOW FRUIT LADDERS. Can Be Built on the Farm and Will Prove Their Value When Given Trial. Two sketches of low ladders for picking small frllits, such as peaches, cherries and apples, where the trees are low appeared in a recent issue of the Prairie Farmer and which we re- produce here. These ladders are so easily made that they should interest our readers. Fig. 1 shows a plan that is made by taking two six-inch boards six feet A.CHEAPLY MADE STEP LADDER. long and cutting grooves every ten inches where the steps are to be. The steps are set into the grooves and then securely nailed from the outside. The width at the bottom is about three feet, but each step is shortened two inches, so that the top step, which is nailed across the ends cut parallel with the grooves, is two feet long. The support is made by taking two three-lnch pieces and connecting them wlth two or three supports. At the ANOTttER FORM OF PICKING LAD- DER. top the two sets are connected with the rod that passes through both. This ladder is secure and if carefully placed will be hard to tip over. Fig. 2 shows another form that is made by taking four six-foot legs made of sound 3xl strips and connect- ing at the top with a bolt. The steps are made by nailing two-inch strips on either side of the legs as illus- trated. The board at the top is nailed to the main legs and is supported on either side by the cleats which corre- sponded with the steps below. The same dimensions are followed as in Fig. 1. REAL VALUE OF SPRAYING. In Fighting Disease and Insects One Should Not Depend Too Much on It. So rapid has been the advancement of spraying as a means of controll- ing insects and diseases, that there is a tendency to greatly overestimate its value. It was only 26 years ago that Paris green was first used for the codling moth of apples. Not un- til about 1885 was the Bordeaux mix- ture used to any extent. When we remember that practically all of our modern spraylng~tts tools, mixtures and methods, has been developed or made of practical utility within the )ast 15 or 20 years, until it has come to be an almost universal practice among the most successful fruit growers, we can readily ,understand why greater importance is some- times ascribed to It than It really merits. Spraying is a new idea, says Farming, and like most new ideas, it has been over-emphasized. There are some old and a few new ways of solv- ing the insect and disease problems. Sometimes these other ways may be better even than spraying, sometimes they may supplement it very advan- tageously. We should not forget them in our enthusiasm over a new and valuable remedy. PRUNINGS. Currants are among the most profit. able of fruits and can be grown in cold climates. Prune trees Properly when young and after they commence to bear lit- tie trimming is needed. Its a big mis- take to neglect young fruit trees. For marketing the fruit should be matured full grown when gathered, but shoUld~.not have time to become mellow. ~ ~' ' Keep grass and weeds away from trunks of trees~at least two feet to ravages by mice, and the bet- ter to examine the trees. If fruit trees are overloaded, they ~hould he thinned, not only for the benefit of this year's crop, but of the ~rop Which is to follow another year. It i-~ a long wait between the plant, tng of ~n orchard and the appearance )f fruit on the trees and a great deal ;)f time will be lost if the wrong sorts ~xe chosen. RAISING TREES FROM SEED' Kow It Can Be Done Successfully-- Budding and Grafting to Improve Stock. It is a verY easy matter for a farm. er or fruit grower to raise his own trees from the seed and to propagate choice varieties. Seeds of stone fruits, including peaches, plums and cherries, many be planted in the fall by sowing thinly in rows three feet apart and covering one to two inches deep. If there is danger of squirrels digging up the pits, store in wooden boxes covered with wire and bury tn the ground until spring. Apple seedlings make good roots in all localities. The most satisfactory way is to purchase apple seedlings and bud or graft them. Practically all pear stocks used in this country are imported from France. Dwar! pears are grafted on quince roots, but all varieties do not thrive on this stock. Several species of plums are avail- able for stocks, but the best is a con. fused subject and should be selected according to the variety and locality. For most European varieties the My- robalan stock is used. This is alse adapted to Japanese sorts. These are frequently ])ropagated on peach stocks, as they make more rapid growth and thriftier trees for the first year or two. On any stock they are a short lived tree. Seedlings of whatever kind will sel- dom come true and the common ways to propagate varieties are by budding and grafting. Both methods are em- ployed with apples, the seedling roots are cut into pieces five to six inches long and united with the scion by a whip graft. This is then wrapped with waxed cloth and the grafted stocks packed away in moist sand or moss until spring, when they are carefully set in,nursery rows. Bud. ding is commonly done in July or August; in the south June budding is practiced to some extent with peaches. After one full year's growth in the nursery row, says Farm and Home, peach trees are ready to set in the orchard, but most other trees require two or three years before reaching sufficient size. In fact, apples may be transplanted after growing two years and again transplanted two years later before setting in the orchard. Rich, deep and mellow soil should be selected for growing all kinds oil nursery stock. It should be heavily i fertilized the year previous to plant- ing and a hoed crop grown. It is un- safe to use rank manure around nursery stock. The cultivation must be thorough and frequent, weeds kept down and growth forced and stimu- lated as much as possible. Cut off the leader when it has reached proper height to form a head. CARE OF GRAFTS. Those Set Last Spring Should Reeaiv~ Attention at This Time--- Prune Carefully. Grafts which were set last spring should receive immediate attention, urges Country Gentleman. There are likely to be suckers starting from the AN APPLE GRAFT THAT NEEDS PRUNING. HON. W. H. KELBAUGH OF WEST VIRGINIA PRAISES PE-RU-NA. Hon. W. ft. Kefbaugh. A Cold at Any Time of the }'ear. ~s- 2beciolly in .Hot H/eather, is ~'ery De- 2~ressingt to the ~ystem. Pe-ru-na is . an &5tequaled Tonic For Such Cases. Read Ig.'hat -Peo3Ve Say About It. IHen. W. H. Kelbaugh, Ex-Member W. Va. Legislature, 204 9th street, N. E,, Washington, D. (3., writes: ,,You can use my nameand word at oil times for Peruna as a medi- cine and tonic unequaled. I have tried it for a stubborn cold and badly rnn down system. I tried all sorts of other medicines and paid several expeusive doctor bills. Pernna cured me, strengthened me more than ever, and saved me nloney, '" Mrs. Clara Litterst, Seafield, Ind., says: "Last fall I took a severe cold. I took Perunn, began to improve and kept on so until I was able to do my work." M. Combanalre, tlm French explorer, recently was lost in the forests of Cambodia. He got separated from his )arty and wandered through the soll- tude for dight days without any other nourlshment than the water he could g~t from the marshes in the Jung!e. By following the dlrectlo=s, which are plainly printed on each package of Defiance Starch, Men's Collars and Cuffs can be made Just as stiff as de- sired, with either gloss or domestic finish. Try it, 16 oz. for 10c, sold b~" all good grocers. Shows Value of Liquid Fuel. The steamship Goldmouth, belong- ing to the Shell line, has Just arrived at Rotterdam, after steaming from Singapore by the route round the Cape of Good Hope, a distance of 11,- 791 miles, in 52 days, without once stopping the engines or checking the generation of steam in the main boil- ers. This performance is believed to be the largest nonstop run ever made by marine machinery. The vessel was burning liquid fuel, and with so great an economy that enough surplus ie left to take the vessel 20 days steam* lng on her return passage east. I=~YILOSOPHICAL POINTS. The fatted calf never loves the prodigal son. Truth never runs around asking people to believe it. old branches below the scions, and Alas, that fools are prosperous. Is these should b6 removed, or they will ] it their penalty or reward? rob the new growth. The scions also I How many of us in listening to the are likely to make a branchy or Jr-Itomtms forget the violins? To think an original thought is ta regular growth, and this can be pre, take a step nearer the divine. vented to a very large extent by suit- People who need to be continually able pruning or pinching. The illus- tration shows a graft after two years" growing which now requires consid- erable pruning to bring it into proper condition. Flavor of ]Fruit. The flavor of fruit is a matter that has engaged the attention of our deep. est thinkers on horticultural subjects. Prof. Goff used to contend that there was'Just so much flavor distributed to each aPlile. The larger the apple, the less would be the percentage of fl~vor found in it. He certainly was a close student of fruits and must have had some very good reasons for bis opin- ions. We do not believe that very many people will hold to his opinion. It is certainly true that the more water in fruit the less there will be of flavor, because the less will be the amount of dry matter. It is claimed that fruit grown by irrigation has much less flavor than that grown naturally upon hillsides where the moisture supply is limited. Climbing Cut Worms. Look out for climbing cutworms which may, in the night time, de- stroy the buds on newly-set trees. The best remedy is a tar-paper fence set in the soil around the base of each tree trunk. This "fence," says Farm Journal, must not be closer than two inches to the tree, should extend an inch or so into thP ground, and need not be more than three inches high above ground. Use same idea for cutworms which attack cab- bags or tomato plants. Cultivate the orchard t~.oroughly, particularly the first two years after setting to present surface from ~ak- mg and drying out. propped up are not worth the prop. When-men become suddenly good they should be executed immediately. It is easier for some people to be- lieve the impossible than the pos- sible. Before it was thrown down, the Golden Calf had a son, and it is still mooing around the world. It is self-evident that to success- fully fathom the motives of men one must be a man himself. To an idiot --to a lunatic--all men are either idiots or lunatics. "NO TROUBLE" To Change from Coffee to Poetum. "Posture has done a world of good for me," writes an Ills, man. "I've had indigestion nearly all my life but never dreamed coffee was tl~e cause of my trouble until last Spring I got so bad I was in misery all the time. "A coffee drinker for 30 years, It Irritated my stomach and nerves, yet I was Just crazy for it. After drinking it with my meals, I would leave the table, go out and lose. my l~eal and the coffee too. Then I'd be as hungry as ever. "A friend advised me to quit coffee and use Posture--said i~. cured him. Since taking his advice I retain my food and get all the good out of it, and don't have those awful hungry spells. "[ changed from coffee to Posture without any trouble whatever, felt better from the first day I drank it. I sm well now and give the credit to Posture." Name given by Posture Co., B~ttle Creek. Mich. Read the lit. tle book, "The Road to Wellvllle," l~ plr~s. '*There's a reason."