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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 26, 1914, Lethbridge, Alberta The of a night in a haunt- ed v'M noisei ail about, high words and piltol shots THE IMPRISIONED GHOSTS By ELEANOR VAN HORN Htwo U a gW tUt it finally traced to iU lair and laid at rett hl'toriart to call but which marked when one of Washington's offl-; main road by a sweep of driveway. H large and f with a pillared porch.- Its loiiy' front menial windows looked out "across" a once- beautiful garden, laid oat like the, gar- dens ot Italy and France. But In tbe "jears ol mystery and desertion, the garden, lite the house; hid fallen from tracd magnificence Into genUe decay. There were (angled causes of eioiic Bowers run wild. The tiorders bad been bklen out at intervals by the hungry winters of the past. There i j fortune; had been imprisoned, and bad I his escape; .was, once an orna- at lhp court of France, buttered sun-dial, l, a dead fountain, ,j3ys jtt us rble seat, ans.rays-jhe walked in hla and a destroyer" of many a woman's happiness. His'manners were those of a Ches- terfield, although be was reserred and taciturn to tbe last degree, and made no man bis friend. He lived entirely within- himself. He came and- went abO'Jl tbe village in tbat isolation ot spirit that some are cafiMe ol build- Ing up for themselves, and which Is as Impenetrable as the heart of a Sahara. He received no letters, but many books and papers.- He spent library. Occasionally grea.t garden, zather- 'ing the'flowers as if be loved them. a, moss-covered marble sly being In love may have bat a good deal to do with this; 'but eacl away wlib shrieks of fcalMrisht- ened ecslasy. The hoise seemed lo submit to these familiarities patiently., But it never lost, not even in tae sun- shine, that aspect of cheerlesF. unholy sorrow that made U awful. Perhaps even then, subconsciously, I knew, that I should spend a night of horror behind those white, unsmiling walls when I Ehou'.o- have become a mia. II. Here lei me te'l .jou something about the tragedy enacted there. foreign accent' was a passenger ....jUing af'the villise there were many to carry tho news. The strang- er's erect figure was set off by a military after a foreign His beard Vas cut ___ _ fashion. When he asked at the inn how ha might reach tbe word passed about thai the lonely bachelor was to have a distinguished visitor. The stranser gave the Innkeeper a princely" fee and was, in conseauence, driven out to Whitehall in the inn' keeper's own private chaise' by the innkeeper's" son. The great door ol Whitehall was opened by the oli housekeeper, and tbe mysterious and attractive stranger swallowed from the referred to, came to live at Whitehall, witb an old housekeeper as his only attendant He was not well known in the village, for bis youth-had been spent in foreign only till te came to live at Whitehall had tbe vil- lage-people ever seep him. He was lall and his handsome face bore clearly the marks of a dissipated and tumultuous A scar marked his cheek. He walkei -with a slight limp Irora some ol( :n the Tbe old housekeeper lad come running wildly to the near esl house in her nightgown, with, be: eyes starting from her head and he nightcap'awry. She rcaa incoheren with terror and exhaustion, but it wa gabled from her broken speech tha a-tragedy-bad-taken place at White- ball, and that the master and bis vis itor lay dead. Some of tbe village men ran to th hOGse, entered the door that had bee ieit wide open by the frightened hour wound. He dressed carefully, and went up the stairs to tb bore the aspect of a peat room the master tad convened .ml L man ot tbe world, with an Intangible about him .that baaed my a library, led by a oght that was still I burning. V I When l-'iv childhood had passed, and had traveled about a good deal In day I rras drawn to the old bouse, anA list ve came to our own. The y of thote first weeks will remain i oneyed nwmory We arranged nd admired and recovered and >ollshed lo our own particular taile jatll o'ur artistic sense wat completel; atlsted. Wo worked And dreamei way tha hours and talked much o is history place, laughing a IB absurdity.o! the'baunteil idea ant itjln'g the narrow bellelsjgf the slm le people; but, at the sanjo time, re- ilclnj over them because ot th ealth ol beauty they had contribute! our lives. In September, Lydio. was called t tbe bedside of her sister. She too n.mild with her. The cook, wb as left to take care of me, went t er own little home each night, so tha was quite alone In the bouse afte Ine o'clock. I was lonely, as a new rfdegroom would be be dui ng such a separation, but happ nougb in own way, The'day before eceived 'a call Iroin tbe ol esldents o! the oldest in ibltant, I fancied, from his shrivel e condition. 1 welcomed him s a character. He catae In'the brlgb illernoon, but seemed wary about erlnji the house, even with the tlor lunshlae pouring In at the wl and breathlessly assured-'TBe that h would not have made m great an effo iad he'cot been impelled1 by an ote powering curiosity as to whetier w lad by ghostly noise. and also by th_e Seslre to lell me th thls'was the anniversary ol tiifl tra edy. Itwas'awindy Septcmbernight that it happened, he said, ajfd be quite remeniberea SSly Walte sniTered and shook In her nightgown -when she brought (be horrible news'; raterfully bin that we d not seea or heard anything ol a nature, and had uo (ear laleyer. Ho waved bis palsied fingers warn- Sly, aud feebly shook his bead as ho id iropreuiTcly: "You will jtl. iung man, >ou will. It's never failed on night ol the anulver- ry. You'll hear and see" things to- ght. TbU bouse has been ba'nteil r nlcb onto fifty sear, and Ihem jit's lived here baa alwsve heard 114 and curses, high ordv, pistol-shots two Then, irilh si drsraitlc fervor lhal like Ihe jooi old msu's lut tort on this earth, he- graphically re- ttery detail of the anclenl In spile bl myself, 1 felt all i horror and reality, i When he bad dnlsbed, he departed, respiot slowly away with many a ackward look.and ominous shakings the bead, i have to tbat left a depressing effect, and I fell ery lonely without Lydla. The golden days that ve bid reveled In seemed ery far away; and much as 1 disliked lo think of the gruesome pact, I could ot relraln from dwelling upon It nitb an awful faselnaUoa. Ja nlgbf o. near, 1 found myself prey (o all the terrors ol my youlb- ul Imajlnlngel -Whitehall again be- ame tho Haunted House; and In spite f all of my Is to stave It off, 1 was fast (ailing into a fit of the blues. By time that the cook left 1 was eniilnely depressed. The wind sprang ip and moaaed and-sobbed dolefully .bout bouse, sighing in tic chlm- and shrieking wildly under tbe aves! I read very late, plunging into no-lively action of tho spirited VI- omte de Bragelonne. anfl hoped, like Stevenson, to carry the thread ol that iplc Into my slumbers. When midnight (.truck, Ihe brands ol the fire Hashed up.' Then went out laid'down ray stirring romance stretched and yawned, and decided to ;o to tied'and sleep off my hapless aood. I got up and about tbe room noisily, whistled and sang, swept up the hearth, locked the doors and win dows, and tried not to hear tha fiend Ish'wlnd. .But 1 could not deny It was the. victim of such a dlsquietin nervous I had never befor eiperienced in all thy life. When I got lo bed 1 huddled unde the blankets and watched the col moonlight Hooding across the Coor- the very door, I thought, npon wblc the tragedy toot place; for my bed room had the unfortunate ma "A I whispered, raj creeping with an anomalous spe- cies of terror; for tbe sound camf which had broken from ferinsntft- loh and sent forth a crimson stream ol fruit-juice! "Lydia'a I haid, and, set ting the lamp down on the shelf, i ;ave myjell up (o a fit ol uproarious aughler. It Is Lydla's chief story- She revels in the telling ol it, but I do not mind. It gave me an interesting night, and we pride ourselves upon being tin owners of one of the molt beautlfut old bouses in land. The ltur.ity Cn U RGIiA-R THE PLUNDER she said. mean business, and I'll shoot at your first Sove." _ "All right, -all said Jerry. "Sing out and let's git It over. It's mo for the pen, I guess." "Not so she-answered. Ive always wanted to meet a real, llyo and now- that I've got my wish I want to a lew ijues- "Well, start (he b'all said, Jerry, who was selling disgusted with the wholo affair. "Does you want to Know what church i goes to, or would jou like to know. If I'm married or she The lady smiled. said, "but I would -like to know why an able-bodied man like you can't find something better to 40 than sneaking into other people's, houses in the night? Isn't there work lor tomorrow. It wouldn't now, but for the monograms. Si, you see, I know a llltle.about trouble myself." "Is what yer glvln' me 'oa the level, asked Jerry as Bhe closed her eyes wearily for a moment "It certainly she replied. "Can't you see how hard it Is for me? One can never, judge by appearances. A rich dress does not always cover a light heart and a" smile often bides a tear. I suppose that there are many people who have envied me, never dreaming that I have been living on the brink of ruin for "The" 'end has coine sooner than 1 pected. Tomorrow Easter man to do that Is honest and spectable? "Do you mean to say. tbat you c make a living without j taking what doesn't belong to you? Why can't you drive a wagon, or work In a .mill, or do something to earn an honest UT- Jerry squirmed uneasily irl bti chair. "Cut It out he said, rail ing a wrathful pair of eyes to hers "Cut It out! I didn't come out io- nlght to listen to a sermon on hon e.ily. II you're golnMo call de cops do it, an' hold yer jaif, for I ain't in no humor just about HOW to b guyed." "But you haves't answered persisted ths lady. "Why 'don't yo work broke In Jerry. "You'r perty dame to be Ulkln1 abou ork. Have you ever worked In ye (e? What do jou know 'bout work "Have you ever been hungry o lept In the street? Have you eve tried ter git er job tbat paid llvl nday. I have (orgoltenjhat It wa! passing a slpn'der band earlly across be'r face. with a bitter laugh, "my aster.gowa won't create a furore 'We i'M la jour tllltreiaflajixtat ar.i my llllir fortur.l." JEHRY DEEMS, pickpocket and r secoad'Story man, paused a mo- ment In bis delicate work ol re- moving a piece ol glass from the din- Ing room window In one of tbe fash- ionable houses on Riverside Drive. Ho listened carefully, but cculd not hear n sound. world lar peaceful and quiet, inside all was as illent as the tomb. Reassured by the favorable condltlone, Jerry caotlounly continued bis operations, and In a lew seconds a Eeml-ctrcalar piece was lifted out of tbe pane, a cautious band slipped through and sprung the i-atca, arid Jerry's portly -form ilruggled through tbe open window Time- waa when he could slip through a window as lightly aff thi test of them, bul several lengthy serlods of 'enforced Idleness "up the Sjycr" bad rendered blni soraewha' .orp'jlent, and bis waist-Hue had not ,he small measure of former years. It was long after midnight, and he was tired. This was not the first liouso Jerry bad visited that night. He had made n few calls in another fart of the city with satisfactory re- sults, and by ail means should now have been safely making for bis quar- ters. But Jerry possessed a trait that many of us ot not letting well enough alone. Thia be scon rca Hzed, for when he stralfihtfcr.ed up to get bis bearings, tbe light was sud denly dashed on, and be found himself looking Into tho steely rr.outh of a sin- shooter, in the hands of a (all, slender "Well, I'll bt exclaimed, and sat down heavily-In a chair that hap- pened to be near (he window. "Surprised, ore asked a cool, mocking voice. "I think I am the or.e o be surprised. My visitors do not usually enter through the window." She stood there, calm and smiling holding the pltlol In "a way lha plainly showed that she knew how to use it. She was dressed in a loose pink bath-robe, and had a lace scar" about her head. "Don't she caid. "Now pu jour hands on Ibe table." Jerry di to, and she looked him over scorn lully with her bright eyes. "Well, said Jerry in a sheep- sh lone, "I'm yer You ce _. furtlv __________......___ Her kce eyes followed his gaze as be rjieas. wages? Of course you ain't. It's fini ttr talk when ycr rocket's full money, an' yer bank account's a ml ong! What d'yoit know about be] talnly got me dead to rlghla." As he spoke he gave glance around the roum. morro she said, rousing hersel nd turning to Jerry, ere off." He opened his eyes ousing her "it U Ume astonish ent don't let m be asked. she answered with alnt smile. "1 wouldn't.-'turn a do rer to the police on Easier Eve Come, be o.ulckl It will soon b nornlng, and daylight vrill everts- Jerry looked at her In a perpleie uinner. "Say, he snld In a olce shaking with feeling, "I'm sure orry yer up against it." "Thanks for your she aid gratefully. '.'And now, if you will ass me'lhat decanter and those gob- els behind you on the sideboard, we drink to your better employment nd my better fortune." "Thank as be filled beav- ly chased lup and handed it to her. she raised it to her lipa and said, "To our future health and prosperity." "Same to responded erry, smacking bis lips aud setting Ins goblet on the" table. She made a quick gesture with her hand. "Take It with you as a souvenir of our sho said graciously. "T'anks, said Jerry, stowing t away in his pockel- Tben he added: "Since you w'as so white to a fel ow, I'd like to give you a souverina netelf.' Yer taking a small carefully wrapped bundle from his pocket and opening II. "I didn't with no petbaclcs tonight before struck this crib, nnd you can.sce fe revealing a number of Je-wel ed rings, pins, necklaces and bracelet It her astonished vlBlofl, "so II yo will Wndly accept this neeklaco, holding up a heanHful string 01 dla toonds emeralds, "I'd be might ter give it ter Ehe.gaiped. "Ob, take it, take urged osing up the bundle and stuffing H ack Into his .pocket' "Easy come, asy go, yer know. "Well, so long, and good as be swung htrasell nollly rom the window onto tho rool and isappoared. Several The lady Sood holding tbe necklace- In hrr and, watching the light flash ami ctntillate on tho gleaming stonei. !he pursed up her lips and cave a. ow whistle. "What a beauty'" she cried. Worth flye thousand Oh, the fool, the Slowly Elie unwound the lice scat! roin a sleek, black -head, closely cropped, and slipped .out ol the en- veloping folds of the pink bath-robe, standing revealed as a young ithe and slender. "Luckily for me 1 came through (ue bathroom and heard him he; to himself, bringing UP a dark lanlorn and a black mask from some- where under the table. With hand on Ihe electric-button looked cautiously about, then turned out It" light climbed soilty through the win- dow, and was gone In the night, opvrial'l The A. Uwity SOME PH.OVEMS FROM THX GERMAN w ured the distance from the chair to the window. "I wouldn't try thai, if I were irokel "1 know moro about It than yi she relumed, letting a lltt narmlb creep Into her 'dark eyes. 'For that Is precisely the position 1 find myself In at present." "You brokel" exclaimed Jerry In- credulously, throwing bis cyea around the richly furnished room. "You broke! Llvln1 In this bousel at tie silver over there. I'shawl What yer "Nothing but (be truth. We are ruined. My husband's fortune Is swept. away, this house la morlgaged, my jewels oven my very rirpaaM have been sold. It is only a riuesttoii of i. few hours when 111 be out In the world without a penny. A dead dog has no teclK; Nothing is more ridiculMis tlian an old man in love, Old, age is not free from Jolly. It is a worthless hen that lays for your r.siglibors. Rumor is a great liar. The more you rake muik, the worse it smelts. The more enemies you'i.liavc, Ihe grcaler is your station. All do not sleep who snore: Trust not cither a wind- that is favorable or a ruler who laughs. When wolt eats wolf Ihcrc must be a in the forest. If luck will have il so, even a bull bring forth a calf. Do not be influenced by the tears of a woman, by the limping of 3 dog, or by the promises of a trader. Beware the cat which -licks your face and then scratches you He serves a bad masterVho scrvco the multitude. Not years but worries make men old. Shut the doors of your house to those who speak the truth. They who hunt with cats will calch mice. T.carn to endure if you wish to succeed. There is no ncetl to look back upon him who act i kindly, No river is so deep as lo have no bottom. No coliar is proof against the hangman's rope. We cannot deceive an empty slomadi. F.yery dog is brave on its own doorstep. fool makes a hundred No one winces at anolhcr's pain. A criminal shuns the daylight'as a devil does tin A-child ofleu gets'kisses that arc meant for in mother. He who wisl.cs to gain control of everything tic in need of everything. Petty thieves are hanged; great thieves are asked lo dinner. Kverything is wasted lliaf is given lo i tlunkle.-i ;