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BREWSTER HERAI What the Gray House Hid The Mystery of a Haunted Mansion l W. N. U. Service Copyright by Wyndham Martyn  Wmdlmm Mm'tyn THE STORY Hilton Hanby. prosperous Now York merchant, has purchased n country place--the Gray house. near Pine Plaln. Miss Selenog, a former tenant of th Gra.v house, calls at his office and warns him that the house is un- der a curse. Further alarming details ara impressed upon Adult Smucker, Hanby'a secretary, by a man who claims to have been chauffeur for Sir Stanford Sey- mour, former occupant of the place. The Hanbys laugh off the warnings they have received both from Miss Selenos and from Smucker's acquaintance, as aurae form of practical Joke. CHAPTER ll--Contlnued ---.3,-- "Who are you, to butt in like that?" she demanded finally. Hanby came Into the room, and she backed out. "Forgot all about you, Smucker," Hanby admitted. "It was a birthday party. What is It?" "I wish to see Mrs. Busby, too," Smucker retnrned. "It's a matter of Hie and death." Hanby saw that the fellow had been drinking, and that the unac- customed stimulant had let down some of Smuker's barriers of re- straint. He had always known that his employee disapproved of him but be was unprepared for the hate that glared from the red-rimmed eyes. It came as something of a shock. "Mrs. Hanby Is bUsy," he said. 'Also I don't propose to Inflict any business troubles on her. I may say that you behaved In very question- able taste In shouting what you did Just now. It's none of your d--d business whether I have a few peo- ple in to dinner, is it?" "A matter of life and death," Smucker went on. "I am wasting my time, alarming my own wife, and spending car fare, all for your bene- fit and you insult me. I might have expected It l" "It's nothing to do with office busl. ness, then ?" "A matter of life and death. Mrs. Hanby must hear It, too." Hanby paused a moment. "All rlghtl I'll send for her." Dins Hanby had long ago known that In Smucker her husband era.+ ployed a disaffected and unpleasant sort of man. She bowed coldly to the intruder, who found In her fresh fuel for his wrath. He saw a lovely woman of forty, who looked as more than thirty. He hated her for that Mrs. Smucker was not dowered with beauty. He saw a splendidly dressed woman who held herself regally. He considered that at forty a woman should be plump, and not concerned bout dress or complexion. First of all she should be a good cook. Mrs. Hanby outraged hls sense of ifeminlne proportion. She was glen. der and graceful Cce, In the of- #ice, when the light had been poor, he had mistaken her for Celia. "I am "the death's head at the feast," he said pompously. "You have been imagining yourself the mistress of a great mansion. It is a house of death and disaster l" t "Oh, Hlll" she cried. ?'What deeo he mean?" What the red-faced man had told him n hour or so earlier, Smucker now wove into an Intensely dramatic narrative. Mrs. Hanby, listening eagerly, learned that the house in which she and her children were to live had, since Its erection more than a hundred years before, been the tomb of all young people who Inhab- ited It. There was a superstitious strain in her, and Smucker could see that she grew uneast It irritated him to see Hanby Immune from fear. "Is this true?" she asked her hu band. it relieved her to see him wholly unaffected by the dread that gripped her. 'She did not understand why he was concerned mainly with getting n ccurate description of Mr. Sey- mour's chauffeur. "Smucker, it's kind of you to take the trouble to come here," said Hun- by, at last; "but you've been the vic- tim of a practical Joker. I've had one already, and this is the second." "You think I'm lying?" Smucker fried angrily. "No--I think you were used inerely ma a tool." "And this is your gratitude I" Bit- terness was in Smucker's voice. "It is only what I might have expected l" Smucker would have been wise to note the unusual look of sternness which passed cross his employer's lace. "l will bays a taxl called to take you to the subway. It is reining I'm obliged to you for coming Smuck- er. You didn't know you were the victim of a man trying to play a Joke on me." While Hanby went to the telephone in a booth outside, Smucker turned on Mrs. Hanby. He reveled In her uneasiness. It gave him, the bringer of it a gratifying sense of superio Ity. "Dance, drink, revel, and oppress while you may l" be said. "The time Is coming when we Intellectuals will reign I" He looked through the win- dew, which showed the Hudson. "What do you see there?" "The river, I suppose," said Mrs Hanby, puzzled, "It will be a river of blood some day, from Albany to the sea. It will be reddened with the blood of cor- rnpt politicians, of the officer caste trained at West Point to enslave ua it will be red with the blood of New York capitalists. HIs blood, your husband's blood -b Dins Hanby looked at him with flashing eyes. Why did this rind[c- rayS. $ ' "Be Quiet/' 8he Said, *'You Disgust Mel" tire little creature hate a man who had kept him on year after year simply through pity? "Be quiet," she said. "you disgust me I" She turned from him, and met her husband coming in. "The taxi's coming," he said. "Let me know tomorrow to what expense you've been put. Good nlghtl" When Smucker bad gone, Dins put her hands on her husband's shoul- ders. "Dear," she said, "you've always been very good to me. You've given me everything that I wanted rid much more than l deserved. I want to ask a favor." "It is granted," he replied; "even unto the half of my lands and for- ests, my lakes and lordly manor houses, and the small change I have in my pocket." "Get rid of that man the first thing tomorrow. He is evil, and hates you." "All right, Salome," said Hanby. "His head will be on a charger for you any time you care to call for it after ten o'clock tomorrow morning." As she went back to bur guests, she asked him why he laughed at Smucker'e story, "Because Reggle Brophy and Bill Pelham have put up a Joke on me. Reggie is mad as a hornet because this cuts out our Wednesday and Sunday foursome. Pelham said he'd prevent me from going there by hook or crook, ff that wasn't Reggie feed- ing old Smucker with that haunted house stuff, I'll drink the lake dry[" "It might be Reggie'" she admit- ted. "It would be Just like him. What about Bill Pelham?" "Bill is Selina, tie patron saint of Pukes and toy Peas. Listen to the story of Miss Selenos, who hates nd despises men, particularly me. Bill is about the best ctor in our crowd, tud he made up pretty well--well enough to fool me for a time." "But would they do it?" she asked. "It will be a long wet drink for me it I'm wrong," he laughed. "Wanted on the long distance, sir," said Mary Sloan. "Ask Junlor to go," said hls father. "I want to tell the rest about Reggie and Bill," he explained to his wife. Before he could commence his re eltal, Junior, usually impassive to the point of irritation, burst in. "It's from the police at Pine Plains," he cried. Dad" your care- taker at the Gray house has been mur- dered I" a a Hilton Hanby came back to his guests after ten minutes at the tele- phone. "A very unfortunate thing," he told them. "A man named Kerr, whom 1 engaged through my lawyers only yesterday, has been killed. I must go up tomorrow and see about it." "I'll go with you, dad," Junior said promptly. "Tell as the details." "There are none. Kerr was an un- married man of good character, a veteran of the Spanish-American war, who had been living at Kingston. I wanted a caretaker, because we shan't be living there for time, and I've been wnrued that thieves make a specialty of new plumbing flxtueea If there's nobody to guard them." "But you haven't had time to lint any in," said Dine. "That's the mysterious part of it-- there's nothing to steal. 'Kerr moved a bed and a few household belongings into a ground-floor room, nd the have not been disturbed." "Was he killed inside the house?" Celia demanded. "No--outside. HIS body was found in" the lake." Hamby shot a quick look at h wife as he said this. From the little frown she gave he saw that the men1. sty of what Smucker had said lin- gered with her and assumed a new importance at this tragedy. "Was he drowned?" Dins asked. "No--his head was battered in wltb the handle of a pick. Why they threw him in the lake I can't imagine, "They did it to conceal the body," suggested Junior. "The weights probably slipped off and the corpse came to the surface again." "Lakes are always dragged," Has- by replied. "It seems a silly, meant. Ingless crime." "There's always motivation, if ytm know where to look for it," Junior answered wisely. "On the whole, it's rather fortunate that I'm going tp with you tomorrow." "The police will be delighted," ls father said. Hanby was annoyed to think th,et this crime had obtruded itself on Is birthday. It was a bad beginning ffr his ownership of the Gray house. "The police t" sneered JuniOr. "What do the police know of the psy- chology of crime?" "Pity them, don't chide them/' Celia mocked. "Poor policemen, th haven't been to Mercersburg and Ne Haven." "There's probably a whole lot mote In this than you think," Junior wet on, unshaken. "On the face of it's a crazy, motiveless crime. We may run into all sorts of amazing things--wheels within wheels. Kerr may not have been a caretaker. He may have been sent there to spy on US." "Then who killed hlm?" Hant snapped. He could see that Dlna was disturbed more than he liked. "And why?" "That we shall find out," replied Junior. "When first you spoke of the Gray house, I thought there was something mysterious about It.' Why did it stand empty so long? Haunt- ed, probably. Oh, these things hap pen i In your generation they scoffed, but we are wiser. In my psychol. ogy class -J' "Tell me about R tomorrow," fa- terrnpted his father. "Come on, peo- ple--let's dance[ Thls is my birth. day. Away with gloom l" He seized Dins, and they began elaborate Improvisations on a fox- trot motif. "You don't think there's anything in it, do you?" Dins asked him. 'q mean, anything to do with what that awful little man was saying?" "Of course not," he answered "We shall find at the inquest that some roving tramp killed Kerr to steal his savings." "Tramps I" she said. She was city bred, and distrusted remote places. 'here are always tramps, aren't there?" "They won't worry us. We shall have a house filled with people, and there'll be gardeners and workers Also--this Is my great surprise--I'm tking a year off from business. I can afford it." (TO B TM CONTINUED.) I V'hy Father Incurred Small Girl's Censure The late Marcus Loew, the movie millionaire, praised marring e at a movie banquet "Marriage," he said" ,is g fine thing, especially for women. It gives a woman freedom. We like to see mar- rled women flirt. It is an attractive sight. But If a married man filrtsl "You all know, of course, the old story ot the married man whose wife sail to him: John, I didst like the way you stared at that blonde girl at lunch.' ,And John said glumly, 'Well, 3either did she.' "Here's another story. A tittle glrl of seven was taken by her father and_ lother to a depart- ment store to be fitted out for school. While the mother chose sweaters and shoes and so on In the children's sec, ties, wandering here and there, the father got Into a pleasant chat with a pretty girl at the lingerie counter "His little daughter watched hlrd for some time with disapproving looks; then she shouted across the store to her mother: "'Mother, Just look at father, You'd never think he was married to us, would you?'" Reliability. Be trustworlll in all things, free the greatesl to the least.--l)lckens. Church Bulks Large as Community Asset Few persons, howeer limited their interest in organized religion, would care to live in a community without a church. Purely aside from actual membership numbers or tile number and money worth of plants, the clmrches are a community asset of incalculable value. The point fre- quently Is overlooked.. Too often the Influence of the churches is under- rated. It may be felt that because only a crtaln percentage of the people are church members and because not all of these attend or take any actual part in the work of the institution its importance is to be discounted. It [s a mistaken, shortsighted view. For the church is ns indispensable to com- munity life as is tile school (which only limited numbers attend), and its position hardly is comparable, be- cause of the difference iu purposes, with that of business enterprises: There are and will remain differ- ences in faith, doctrine and practice; the ideal church for one Individual or group Is not and could not be, Iu the nature of things human, the ideal for all. There has been a growth of church co-operation locally and else- where. The prospect of wider church union Is at times bright, again dis- appointing. But withal, the cburches are here and will remain, each one or each division seeking in the best light It can command to minister to the spiritual needs of the people. If on no other basis than that of good citi- zenship, the individual is under obli- gation to give the churches sympa- thetic consideration and support.- Kansas City Star. New York Town Gets Revenue From Fores ! Little Falls, N. Y., a clt.y of 14,000 I population, is 'demonstrating what can be done with a municipal forest. Other cities might profit by following the example of the New York munici- pality. As far back as 1896 Little Fails was purchasing lands with the view of ultimately controlling the water- shed of the neighboring Spruce and Beaver creeks. Today the water sup- ply of the city is protected by mu- nicipal ownership of 4,003 acres of land at the headwaters of the two creeks, !wrRes R. R. Fenska, of the New York State College of Forestry. Up to 1927, 1,200 acres of mature timber was In a very nearly virgin forest of spruce, balsam, fir, hemlock, yellow birch, maple and beech. In 1926, under tbe directlon of a for- ester, 5,000,000 board feet of timber, including both softwoods and hard- woods, 'was marked for cutting. This :lmber was so selected that Its re- moval will not in any way Impair the value of the area as a protection forest. The timber has been sold to a concern specializing In high-grade lumber for piano sounding hoards. The revenue from the sale will reim- burse the city for the purchase of the land and timber. Highway Improvement To bring the native flowers, shrubs and trees from the fields and forests of Missouri and plant them in attrac- tive order along main highways of the state is the aim of a highway beautlfl. cation movement Launched at Hlggins. ville, Me. The first work will be done along Transcontinental highway No. 40, which crosses Missouri from St. Louis to Kansas City. The entire plan grows from the Initiative of the Missouri state highway commission in offering aid in roadside Improvement. Assist- ance In beautifying farm homes and surroundings along the roads also has been offered by the Missouri agricul- tural extension department.--New York World. Loan Association Grow Total assets of building and loan as- sociations In this country now approx- hnate $7,179.0(}0,000, an Increase of $8S4.459,1XI0 over 1927, according to tile United States League of Local Building and Lonn assoclathms. Pennsylvania is the leading state in total associathm assets with a figure of $1,246.00t),000. Ohio Is second with $1,035,000.000, New Jersey third with $88ii,000,000, and Massachusetts fourth with $478,000,000. Tile assets of building and loan as- soclath)ns in Illinois total $338,000,000, and New York $350.000,000. In lndi- usa they are $274,000,000; In Califur- nla. $242.000,000; In Wisconsin, $218,- 000.000. and In Maryland. $210,000,000. At Least, Deserve Courtesy When a committee of your fellow huslness men call on you, regardless of their errand, for heaven's sake treat them courteously; they're not trying to make any commission on the money they seek to obtain from ! y.u--in, fact, they're working for your Interests as well as thclr own--Mobile Register Building Lean Alchemy Tile saving Irlstlncl nnd the hom- Ing urge meel In the offices of the hulhlhig nlld loan assoclallon, and in the ah'hemy of a new credit, turn out at one door a h.hlerof real estate bond and at another tim pleased pos- sessor of a home. Mason and Dixon Line " Only Divided States The Mason and Dixon llne was the boundary line between Pennsylvania and Maryland, as surveyed In 1767, nnd popularly accepted before the Civil war as the dividing llne between the tree and slave states. If that line were to be extended due west It would divide such northern states as Ohio, Indiana and Illinois and leave Kansas in the south. As a nmtter of fact, the states south of the Mason and Dixon line which are generally regarded as southern states are Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Loulslana, Oklahoma, Ken- tucky, MIssourl, Maryland and Dela- ware. Cumberland. Maryland, Is south of the line. The slave-holdlng states i Just before the Clvll war included all of those mentloned above except Oklahoma, wblch was not tben n state. Slavery had been abolished In the northern states before that time. Laughs at Advancing Years and Blindness A sixty-seven-year-old blind pastor. who must travel nearly 100 miles each session day to serve, is chaplain of the Connecticut senate. He Is Rev. Edward P. Ayer of Branford, now serving his third term in the office. Despite his years und affliction, Ayer is strong and active. In his youthbefore excessive study robbed him of his stght, he was captain of the Amherst college from Yale Div- inity school. The blind chaplaln heads an organization known as the Society for the Handicappe'd, a group which seeks to alleviate the misfor- tune of the blind in Connecticut. Dur- -ing the World war ie donned overalls and managed a sizable "war garden." In addition, he milked five cows, fed three yearlings, two calves and twen- ty-five hens aud raised ninety-two chickens.--Indianapolls News. Philippine Colnap m Money coined for the Phillpplne Is- lands first arrived In the Philippines from the Phlladelphla and san Frnn- clsco mints in June, 1903, and was first placed in clrculatlon in July, 1903. Thls was done in accordance with the provisions of a tentative law passed in 1902. On June 23, 1906, an act was passed to establish the stand- ard of value and to provide for a coining system In the Phlllpplne is- lands. From that time on the San Francisco mint, when requested to do so, has coined money for the Philip- pines. For the past few years the United States has not struck coins for ;the Philippines. The old dies are still fin use. Russ Ball Blue, I want. Inslst, don't accept substltutes. Grocers sell coast to coast.Adv. What Do You Mean, "Aged?" Speaking ot Chief Red Fox, an ar- ticle says, "Though nearing hls six- tieth year he Is wiry and active and able to engage tn campaigns, 'were they necessary." Age is a relative matter. The young reporter In refer- ring to nny citizen past forty speaks of him as "aged." The other day we heard an elderly gentleman say, "Youth has no time for age. I called to take my niece, fifty-eight years old, out to luncl but she told me she had a luncheon engagement, so I was com- pelled to lunch ainne."--Houston Post- Dispatch. Useless Attainments First Explorer (indicating gesticu- lating natlve)--Can you understand what he's saying? Second Ditto--Not a word. FirstDrned lot o' good you are with your university education.- Passing Show. There Is no day without sorrow. 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