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"Hecaugut Hillard by the Rleeve and
fairly ran him over to the cafe.
"Nearly two thousand!" murmured
Hillard. "Well, of all the luck!"
"It does seem too food to be true.
I Bay, what's the matter with your
' Hillard looked down -at the flutter
ing end and reknotted it carelessly.
I "I saw Kitty tonteht" he said.
I To Merrihew it seemed that all the
clatter about him had died away sud
denly.' He breathed deeply. "Where is
I 'Til explain what has happened."
Merrihew listened eagerly.
"And why did you bother about the
Italian?" he interrupted. "Why didn't
you hold on to Kitty?"
"I confess it was stupid of me, but
the gentleman with the scar was an
unknown quantity. Besides, why
should Kitty run away from me of all
persons? And why, when I spoke to
them in the casino, did they ignore
"It's your confounded prima donna.
Che's at the bottom of a) this, take
lay word for it Something's desper
ately wrong. Persons do not wear
masks and hide in this manner . just
for a lark. Why didn't you knock him
"I wanted to, but it wasn't the psy
chological moment. You can't knock
a man down when he practically sev
renders." "You're too particular. But what's
the matter with Kitty? I dou't under
stand. To see you was to know that
I was round somewhere. She ran
away from me as well as from you.
What shall we do?"
"Start the hunt again or give It up
entirely. There are some villages be
tween here and Nice. It must be in
that direction. They were about to
board the car for Nice. If you hadn't
been gambling, if you had been sensi
ble and stayed with me" "
"Come, now, that won't wash. You
know very well that you urged me to
"You would have played without any
"And who is this Italian anyhow?"
asked Merrihew. "And why did he
run after your prima donna?"
"That Is precisely what I wish to
find out," answered Hillard.
"I'm afraid that Kitty has fallen
among a bad lot I'll wager it is
He twept up the gold by Vie handful.
some anarchist business. They are
always plotting the assassination of
kings over here, and this mysterious
woman is just the sort to rope in a
confiding girl like Kitty. One thing, if
I come across our frleud with the
.J.'XQU-F.UI wisely, cross to, the oppo-.
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site side of the street. To find out
what this tangle is it is not necessary
to Jump head first into it."
"A bad lot"
"That may be, but no anarchists, my
Hillard was a bit sore at heart That
phrase recurred and recurred:. "A
lady? Grace of Mary, that is droll!"
The shadow of disillusion crept into
his bright dream and clouded it to
build so beautiful a castle and to see
it tumble at a word! The Italian bad
spoken with a contempt based on more
"Kitty doesn't wish to meet us,"
Merrihew bitterly observed. So we'll
light out for Venice in the morning.
I'm not going to be made a fool of for
the best woman alive." "
In the meantime the lamps In the
casino had been extinguished. In the
harbor the yachts stood out white and
spectral. The tram for Nice shrieked
down the incline toward the promon
tory. At the foot of the road which
winds up to the palaces the car was
Blgnsled, and two women boarded.
Both were veiled. They maintained a
singular silence. At Villefranehe they
got out. The women stopped before
the gates of a villa and rang the por
ter's bell. Once in the room above.
the silence between the two women
came to an end.
"Safe! I am so tired. What a night."'
the elder of the two women sighed.
"What a night truly! I should like
to know what it has all been about
To run through dark streets and alleys,
to hide for hours, as if I were a thief
or a fugitive from justice, is neither to
my taste nor to my liking."
j "Kitty," she began sadly, "in this
. world no one trusts us wholly. We
must know why. Loyalty must have
reasons; chivalry must have facts.
' You have vowed your love and loyalty
a hundred times, and still when a great
crisis confronts me you question, you
grow angry, you complain, because
my reasons are unknown to you. It
was blind terror which made me run.
. I counted not the consequences. I
'shall tell you why I am lonely, why
the world, bright to you, is dark.' I
! am proud, but I shall bend my pride."
i With a quick movement she lifted her
t head high, and her eyes burned into
' Kitty's very heart "I am"
I "Stop! No, no! I forbid you!" Kit
ty put her hands over her ears. She
might gain the secret, but she knew
', that she would lose the heart of the
woman it concerned. "I am wrong,
wrong. I have promised to follow you
loyally, without quesHon. I will keep
that promise. I am only angry be
cause you would not let me speak to
Mr. Hillard. He is very handsome,"
Kitty added thoughtfully. "He is
j "Strong and cruel as a tiger. How
1 1 hate him! But thank you, Kitty;
thank you. Sooner or later, if we stay
I together, I must tell you. The confi
dence will do me good." Kitty ap-
proached, and La Signorina drew her
close. "I have wrought harm to no
one. But on my side they will tell yon
that I have been terribly wronged.
And all I wish is to be left alone,
alone. It was cruel of me to forbid
you to speak to Mr. Hillard. But
wish him to recollect me pleasantly,
as a whimsical being who came into
his life one night and vanished out of
it In two hours."
"But supposing the memory cuts
deeply," ventured Kitty. "Men fall
in love with less excuse than this."
"Nonsense!" La Signorina opened
the window to uir the room. She lin
gered, musing. "You are very good to
"I can't help being good to you, you
strange,. lovely woman, for your sake
as well as for mine. Now I am going
to write n letter."
La Signorina still lingered by tin-
Merrihew was pocketing currency In
exchange for his gold when Hillard
j passed an open letter to him:
My Dnar Mr. Jllllnrd Do rot noek un
j It will bo useless If Mr. Merrihew li
! With you, tell lilin thiit poms day I will
explain nway tho myntory. Hut tliip
j plcnHO niako jjain to hlm-if he Inslm.p
upon eearchlnff for mo ho will only double
. KITTY KILLIQRBW.
Merrlhtnv roberly tucked tho letter
nway. "I know it," he mid simply.
"Sho Is In bi:i..i tivulilo ir other, hoiiio
tangle, and fears to rirnt; us Into It.
Who loft a letter Iito tills ni-riilngV"
ho asked of the coiii'liTse.
"A small bry froia Vlllcfrtmolio."
'Just my Im-k." said Morrlliew. "I
said that It would be of no uso to
hunt In the sr.mKir towns. Writ, wo
hud "jotter ta!:e tho luggage, back to
the rooms. I nm going to Villo
fnsneho." . "You will be wasting time. After
what happened last night I am certain
they will be gone. Let us respect their
plans, hard as It may Room to you."
"Oh, don't bother about ino. I hnvc
relegated my llitlo romance to the gar
ret of no account things, nt least for
the present" said nillttrd, with un
enigmatical Finlle. "Make up your
mind we have only twenty minutes."
"Oh, divine nfllatus! And you lay
down the chase so readily s:s this? '
Merrihew "was scornfully Indignant
I would travel the breadth of the
continent were 1 sure of mooting this
woman. But she has become a wlll-o'-
the-wlsp, and I nm too old and like
comfort too well to pursue impossibil
"But why did she leave you that
mask?" demanded Merrihew. "She
must have meant something by that."
True, but for the life of nie I can't
figure out what."
'But I don't like the Idea of leaving
Kitty this way without a final effort
to rescue hor from the clutches of this
I admit nothing, my boy, save that
the keenness of the chase is gone. As
for Kitty, she's a worldly little woman
and can take good care of herself.
Her letter should be sufficient"
But It Isn't. A woman's 'don't' of
ten means 'do.' If Kitty really expects
me to search for her and I do not she
will never believe lu me ngnln."
"Perhaps your knowledge of women
Is more extensive than mine," said
But this flattery did not appeal to
Merrihew. "Bosh! There's something
you haven't told me about that makes
you so Indifferent"
This was u shrewd guess, but Hil
lard had his renso-s for nut lettlnj hU
frleud see how close he urd shot. "A
lady? flraco cf Mary, tint is droll!"
He could not cast this out of his
Hillard espied a beggar leaning over the
thought. He floated between this
phrase and Mrs. Sandford's frank de
fense of her girlhood friend.
"Time flies," he warned. "Which is
It to be?"
'We'll go on to Venice. It would be
folly for me to continue the hunt
At 7 that evening they stepped
out of tho station In Venice the blue
twilight of Venice that curves down
from the hollow heavens, softening a
bit of URllness here, accentuating a bit
of loveliness there. Here Merrihew
found one of Ills dreams come true,
and his first vision of the Grand canal,
with its gondolus und barges und queer
little bobtulled skiffs, was never to
leave him. Hillard hunted for bis old
gondolier, but conld not find him. So
he chose one AcliIIIc, No. 154. With
their trunks, which they had picked
up at Genoa, and small luggage in the
hotel barge they had the gondola all
Instead of following the Grand canal
Aeulllo took the short cut through the
Ruga di San Giovanul and the Rio dl
Out into the Grand canal again. As
they swept under the lust bridge before
coming out Into the hotel district Ilil
lurd espied a beggar leaning over the
parapet The moonlight shone' full In
"Stop!" cried Hillard to Achllle.
Tlio beggar look to lils heels, and
when Hillard stopped out of tho gon
dola the beggar had disappeared.
"Who was it?" asked Merrihew In
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