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RVHNINfl lUtl.l.nTIN.. HONOLULU, T. II., SATUHDAY, AUO. 27. 1910.
By FREDERIC S. ISHAM,
Author of "Th Stroltcri." "Un
tier t'.e Kote." "Ihe Lsdy
of the Mount." i:ic
Copyright, WCtt. by tha Bobbt
t IIAITCIt XIV.
T II l.i H i II 1111 to i
Till: douse ii'll mci hanging the
i It J Hlille fiiiiiinhlc In John
Steele In Mime lcpisls. !
selling for Hie time his own
danger, iiimle more dlllleiilt the task
to lilihh he mm set hlmelf. lie
ilnnil urn tmi i liHely npproiiih the lis
(lie liefnre lillll lest he should lie seen
Hint his purpose illtlitd. Out e Mir
twhe liaud.r Joe looked nrouiid, more
perhaps from tiulilt than any mispi
tlon thai lie was fnllom-d
At a trussing, where opposing cur
rents hud met and bis nine congested,
utler iiiufnliiii reigned. I'rotn the
musses of 1 chicles of all kinds, con
a seemliiElj liieitrtcnhto '
nrose tlie din of hoarse
Jm esajod to cross. Ily dint of
dislglng and darling between restless
hpros he re.tehiit Hie other side. A
sudden closing In of r.ilis and cart
inlilnny lielweeti curlis held John
Steele linik. He i might iiilcMy nt
the lirldle of Ihe neatest horse and
forrisl It aside An ciHistulnthnf
shout, a half scream from somewhere,
i-celcil the action. , "dtp snapped,
nun:: his 1 1 k
"Turn hnik ii-t out of this some
)mw, i-tttitij r He heard rnuittt.tr
limes, saw Ihe spei'kcr, Sir Clliirles,
mid, I iv t,ls side jii through the ntr
tain of fog. so near he could almost
Ceai h fiut nml toui li In r. tie saw ns
tn n flush Jin-clyn Wrny!
Slie. ton. s-tw htm. the nnn In the
flrii't. his pule f.iee lighted up ghost
like from Hie mist. A ery fell from
her lips, nils lost limit! oilier sntlmls
An Instant ejes looked Into etos. hcM ,
dllaiisl. his iiuiialurally bright, hurtl
ing: Something struck hlni-n wheel.
lie half fell, rciinerod himself, mm
aged lo rem li Ihe curb
Hand Joe had dNippeared. The
hope of allallilug his end Ihrnueh
111 in. of being list to the retreat of
one he hud so Inns dislrel to tlnd.
hnd pnncd llluslio.
John Steele did not pi far In" mere
aimless fashion, .ratlins against a
mill, he st rim once tuorp tn (iltn. hut
eiet as h did so through Ills thought
the clil's f.ilr face. l"Sli)iJ (iu from
enshrouding hire. Inriiiel.
He foriri t his purpo-ie. when a tip
un turning out of n pulille house
through mie of the doors ueir which
lie h.id linllid caught Ills ncntpl
Dandy Joe. n pnsllgal with. iiicpoct
si riches. lpeil his lips us he snunjer
Ml pits! John Steele ilnd continue!) his
mil lun til u it little.
I'or ii ilii' itiej two ccmod the only
pritriie Hun hint tciitiired forth
thm iii-iii in a is iiit) so uuliiiltlng
'I liinii'.'li lb" unh lillkf passage sml't
a i i.iit tiiyft of air niHe is
rifts In Hie foe and slmmsl an en
triune n ilm light i tin-same time
Im sound nf the footsteps III front
ilppip'li ieio.M,l i
, J'm ii fen minutes Steele united
tie lonkeit timaril Hie plme pandy Joe
jlild eiiiered It miis well known' to
tllm nml. what m'huimI none lniMrtii'nt.
to Ml. lillleti Ihe hitler would re
lliemlier II In iiimieetloii with the
I'rlseo I 'et nml pri-sum.ilily turn to It
as n lll.elj suit to M-inh for tilui nh' i
hud heeii forusl to lenie ('iiptaln For-
sjthe's Inline Thai iiiiitlnseiiej -nay,
prnhiihlllii hnd lo lie considered. The'
one peiMiu he most uetslist lo find had
taken lefuge III one of Ihe ptiu es he,
would hale piefetri'd not In enter, i
Hut no time must lie lost hesitating i
He hnd'' to liiKwe. Dismissing nil'
thoiulit of danger from without, think-1
lug only of what liy before hlin
within, he iiVmsl quliklj forwaid and
tiled Ihe dour He entered, felt Ills
miv u the darkness ihroiuh winding
passages duniimird. molding a bad
.step did he remember eten Hint?
llnii pillry details stood out! The
earthen floor still drowned Hie sound ,
of fiHitsteps, The nariow hill took
the same turns
A slant of Ibhl like a sword, from
the i rack of il door, gleimed on the
(l.i rk floor before him. lie Hepped
toward It The low sound of men's
tone. could be heard -Joe's; a strange
voire, no, n fatullltr one. that caused
the listener's eierj liber to vibrate.
"And what did you say when ho
pumped j on for Ihe iotV"
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Ami then he cared nought 'for the
Job? lou're sure"-anxiously -"he
mistt'l pi)liii; to Hnd nut?"
The oilier niisweied Jocosely nnd
milked iniliy. A door floued behind
htm. I'or it time tho stillness remain
ed unbroken. Then a low rattle, as
of dice on n table, caused John .Steele
to glance through a crcvlie. What
he saw seemed lo decide hlin In set
qulikly. He lifted n latch and slep
pul In As he did so a lingo imin with
rtsl Imlr sprung to his feet, I'mm one
Klcill liiiiul the dice fell In Hie floor.
Ills stingily Joul drooped. Cmtlntf
uler hi shoulder Ihe swift clauce of
Nil clllilipii tin null, he n'Uliiei) nlioul
to eiit li.ickWiild In i-sviitH) by a tear
flllniiuv "licll th tulie of Hi" In
liiHh'f iirinsitsl Ills iuri'eic, iiioinen
lillll) lifhl Mm
"(lit, U I'Utti :Qt'jmJW ivtlhv
outside" He spoke In the din tec I of
the pekpure nml tnngsmnn. To
prove It, John Steel1 stooped nml lock
tsl the door
The small bloodshot eyes lighted
with nmiiter, The lietry brutish Jaws
Is-gnu In luirili'ii. "Alone?"
The other tossed the key. It fell nt
the limrn feet. John Steele walked
mer In the opposite door nml shot n
lent J Im'Ii there. "thinks rs If It
mmlil Imlil." he "Hid In th'eveV argot
r he tliitii'd nroiit d.
"Are Jo n gabyV" The red headed
ghiut starts! ominously nt him.
tin the contrary," coolly, "I know
ior.i well "lint I nm doing."
A nuo-ith'ii Interlarded with oaths
hurst from the other's throat John
Steele reenrdod the twin quietly "I
should think It apparent Mint I
want'" he nnswered. As he spoke
he sat down. "It Is you." hemline tils
lirlcht. resolute eyes on Ihe other.
"And jou'ie come nlonel" He drew
up his ponderous form.
John Steele smiled, "t assure ou I
welcomed Ihe opportunity"
"Do )ou know what I nm jtnc to
do to) mi V
"I liaien'1 any iirlolly." still rllnK-
line In llileies' Jarcon or St. (illes
(!nsk "Hut I'm sure you won't play
me the trkk jon did the Inst' time I
saw j on
I The fellow rliot his head nenr.
"Von're the swell cole who wanted
tn palmer that nlaht when"
Voii Irleit to roll me." John Steele
i lauched "Do jou know the penally
fr iillemptlus that came, 'lorn Hop
ers. all is Tom o' tlu-lload. nllns"-
Tlie man fell tmck. "Who are joul
tt.i !" he snld.
"John Steele" The liloodsliot ees
liernine sllshtly vnrnons. 'The 1
Then jou used lilm." Inillcntln'.' nv
nply the enlrance nt the tinek, "for
n duck tn uncover? I'll Imrke yon for
.Totin Steele did not sllr. "How?
With the lead or"-
Tlie fellow lifted his hairy fetti.
"Tluise are all f
"III that casc"-,Sleoletook the lvenn
on on wllliil Ills liand tiad reslisl from
tils HK'kct mid. rlsliiK with nl'icrlty.
tie plnicd It on n rlcket stand liehlnd
lilni-".ioit h'lle me a little outclassed.
Atsiitt sereiitis'ii stone. I should lake
It. I Inrely Ijirn thirteen myself,
lloweier." losslim his tout In the (or-hoc-,
"jou took n Utile sofl-hardly up
to what j on were when jou pit tho
hell for the henvj weight champion
ship. Do jou remeinlier? The I'rlseo
Pel went npilnst jou. hut lie was only
a low, bnonmt sailor unit had let lilii).
self Ret out of form. Vou lieat him
hisit htm" John Steele's ejes Bllttcr
nt; he touched Hie other on the arm
tliiilltrll he fought selenteen good
niuiiils. Vou stamped the heart out.
of lilm. Tom!"
The rtsl lie.uled giant's arms fell to
III i side. "How dojou"
"I wits there!" An odd smile cross.
fil Steele's determined lips. "I,ost n
little (none)- on that tutlle. detail the
fourteenth round He nearly hnd
ynn. hut )ou played safe In the fif
teenth, and theu-you sent hlin down
-iowl." Jolip Steele's lolce died
nwny "It was a Ioiir lime before he
cot up," he added, almost absently.
"ou know nil ilintV"
"And nil the rest!"
"See here, wlni's your little pimel
S,trnlshl now. ipihk: "if (nine here
, uhoiii ihe Kilhe Why"
John Steele's repl.1 was to the point
lie stnlisl exiu Hj wlm I he wauled
nud what he meant that the other
should die hlin As the fe'low liPiird
he breathed harder He held hlmrelf
In with illlluuliy
"And so ih-ii's what you've come for,
mister''" he snld n hoarse piffaw fall
In,; fioui Ihe nurse lips John Steele i
nnswered quietly "And jou llilnk
Ihete Is any dunce of your getlln,;
it? May I be inking." tilth an oi II
grin, "how jou expict to make me,
Tom lingers," bringing down his great i
t. "do jour bidding?" '
"In the tlrsi place, by nssuilng you
no. Inn in shall nunc to you It Is tn
my KiMcr lo nierl Hint In rnse yon
complj In Ihe second place, J oil
will be git en enough soierelgns In"
"(Jlllils, Vh? Let tne hale sight of
them, mister We might lulls bettor"
"Do jou llilnk I'd bring them here.
Toni-o'-the-Hoid? No no:" brusquely.
Tint utiles It."
"Ill gliltig you jour choice of doing
what I ask or of being turned oier to
The traps'" The other fellow's
face be amu mnlorled. "You mean
Will give you up for that little Job
I'or answer the mm launched Ills
huge ImsIj forward, wllh llerte swing
ing lists lie IsMit. rushed, strut e lo
close. Ills opponent's llllio body elud
ed n clutch that might have ended the
The other came nt hlin. muttei
The mill was unduly prolonging Itself.
He would end It. -Ills fist struck nt
that face so elusive, but crashed
against the milt. I.lko n Ihish Steele's
arm lifted The great form staggered
ijulckly, limeiei. It rose, and Ihe
b.iltle mis resumed. John Steele s
I eiery iniiscle ntlietl. HU shoulder was
I bleeding anew. The need for acting
qlllcklj. If lie should hope lo conquer,
pressed on htm I'orluiialely, ltogers
In his blind rage mi ilghtluu' wildly.
John Steele endilleil blow nfler blow;
llii'ii, as through a mist, lie found at
length tho oHulug lie souuht-nii hi
stnlil'i opportunity on whUh all de
pended Cierj tlb-r of tils pheiil being is
SsiiiiIihI lie Hue" hlUHelf fiirwiiri)
'I he iielulli of III but). Ill)' foli'i' of S
iiiiiuliiiiilnu nn 't'Mis innl lulu III'
list li I, i in ii Id full mi Hie i
, ,! ' , , I I I I, ' , ll i III
7lini lingers' head shot t'lack ns If he
. inl roceltod the Mow of n hammer,
!,) n(, threw tip III" nnns. Tilts time
I,,. j- where lie struck tlie ground.
' Jnhti Steele swnyed. With nil effort
l(. sustained himself. Wns It otcr?
flu' prostrate innn did xtlr now. Ho
I Kri.ined John Steele touched him
..it, i,u fy.it. '
(Set up." lie snld.
John Slii-le went to the stand, picked
up his retolter mid then snt down
at ii. tnlile. 'ou'ie as foul a fluhter
ns .ion nir wete." he sntd cuntenipiu
Ttir t 1st smi-r.
II H rnndle tnirtnd low It threw
now on crltuy tlisir ami wall
shadows of two men, one seat
ed nt the 1 1 lilt, tlie other not
far from It. Hefore John Steele lay
paper ntd Ink, procured from some
"Where were you on Ihe nlzlit this
woman. Amy Genu il, was found
A nuuneulary expression of surprise,
of nlnrtn, crowed the bruised nml bat
terrd face. It was succeeded by nn
nncry suspicion Hint glowed from the
evil eyes "Von're not trying to (li
Hint Job on"
'Then what did you follow him here
for lo pump me? The Yankee that
ml transput tod ls"-
I "As alive as when he stepped beforo
you In the rlns!"
I "Alhe?" The fellow stared. Ho
looked nt Steele closer. "Ulnine If
there Isn't soinellillu: nbout you that
pii77t"S mo." he slid.
"I represent hlni-the Ynnkee."
"Welj. he pit n Rood one. Vou trnow
how to use your lists, mister."
Better than this frlsro Pet did
once. eh. Tom?" The man frowned.
'Hut to return tn the subject In band.
That question you seemed nfrnld tn
jii'iier Just now was superfluous. I
know where jou were tho night the
worn in was shot"
John Steele le-med forward nnd snld
"Ilow'd you find that out?" nslccd
the inn ii,
"The I'rlseo Pet knew where you
were nil the time, bill did mil speak
bisause he did not wish to p?t jou
lno trouble, nNo because he did not
know then what he Ioiir nftcrwnrd
learned Indirectly Hint you could halo
cleared hlin I"
"Indirectly? I? Whit do you"-
"Thriiiish your once bavins dropped
n few' words Wine In. wits out."
Tlie fellow odpsl his elinlr closer.
"Keep where you are!" John Steele's
hind ion' lust ihe reveller now on the
table Is-fore him. ICven lis he did so
Ihe room mmmiiiiI to sway, nnd It was
only by a stroll): effort of will be kept
his intention on the matter In baud
nnd fought down the dl77lness. "And
let's gel through with this. I don't
rnre to waste much more of my time
on you "
"Von're sure nothing will hippen to
me IP- Tlie man watched lilm (loser.
"This paper need never be made
public, but ll might bu useful In tor
"Ami n hnl am I to get If I do what
"Voti hIi ill lime funds to take you
out of the totiniry: Ihe nliernnllie."
he Is-nl forwiird. "nlioul fifteen years
If the traps"
The fellow pondered At last he
answered for n few nitnuleii iheti
John Steele wrote, looking tip between
. word". Ills head bent now closer to
' the pasr. I hen drew back from It. ns
If through n hllglit uncertainty of il
i hIoii or lieeuuse of Hie dlui light. The
fellow's ejes, watching lilm, lowered.
"Vou know -nolle belter-thai on
Hint pnrllcul tr night some one else,
some one besides the I'rlseo Pet, en
tered jour innl tier's house?"
ynhs nilnileil with low fllchers'
slnng. but Hie reply was forthcoming.
Other questions, loo. were answered
tentatively, sometimes nl length, with
repulsive fullness of detail '
Vou en n slate of jour own knowl-
edge what happened next?" John
Steele sske sharply The fellow's red
brows suddenly lifted.
"Oh, yes." he replied readily.
John Steele's nianeer became short-1 dale's niseiits neie sharp. "Hud jou
er Ills questions were put fist. IIe listened in what Mr Hilled, nn my
forced quick replies. He it only i t,,-ti ilf. would hale said to you tint
seenud striving to get through his night in the gardens nt SlroHnun
task ns soon its possible, but nlwnjs to uu. w ghl pos-lblj, Imlli of us,
hold the other's attention. o permit , v .HI, .i-, Noiue Utile iinuoj
hls brain no chance to minder from ,,,, (. lmw ,,u at iiIhuii wbeie
the subject to any oilier. Hut Hie fel-' .,., .,. .fii. tlu-t little tontie
low seemed now to linie beconio ns
I lenntnldn nm linfosa tin tiiljl Imoli ulltlm
l "" ""- " "" '"
RliililKirti: give his icrslou In his own
veriinculir. nlwnys keenly yittenllie.
ob-eriilnt of the other's every inolloii.
Ills strength had apparentli relut tied.
He seemed little the worse for his late
encounter At length came un Inter -
vnl. Just for nn Instant John i Steele
a. i.j ul.nl si. ,. fl iiAiiipu Mini lia.l IiaM
ejes shut. J lie lingers that nan nelil
the pen closed on the edge of the tn-
t.ljfc A ..IiIaI ftlMHAltlf AVItSndtfl.lll 11
"" ,' "'., ' : .i
fens? y linieritl at the corners of tlie
obsener's thick lips He got up At
. .. .... ..... ..... ... .. . . ... .
line same tine uoiiii nteeiu roue uiiu
' I I nl. I.- I.
tl-l'I'VM Hlllllll,l l"l
"You know how to write jour
name?" Ills lolco was firm, unwnier.
Itii The reinlier had disappeared
from the table and laj now In Ida
"Alt right, pirner!" 'Ihe other
sjiol.o wllh iilaerltj', "I'm game. A
bargilli Is a liitlgniu, nud I'll take jnttr
mild for It," leiinliig over nud Inlmrl
tilisly tint lug s few lellers nil Hie pit
per. "You'll iln jour pari. You'll Hid
tun iqiinie nnd ulune hoard, nlihoiigli
j nil it Itl ne me n Utile luituh 'Hull',
hfiH's our iirfiiilny "
Julili Hifele inoifil bull u it miner
nf Ihe loom mid pulled ii vilie In
some f in phneil be I IHU'i filllll
ly. "Are"-ne spoke n woman nnmv
obviously a sobriquet, "and her daugh
ter still here?"
"Neier mind: answcrl"
"Ys: Ihej're here, gov'ner Tou'll
wn:it them for ulliiesses. I suppose."
Not long nfler. the paier. duly wit
nessed, lay nn I lie table.. Tne land
lady nud Inr d.iughter had gone. Joliti
Steele mitj milted for the Ink to dry.
He had no blotter or sand 'Ihe Until
was old. Ilihk The principal signa
ture III lis lilg strokes, wllh here and
there n rpntler, would he unintelligible
If the paier were folded now. So he
llnp'reil flirt It men were silent. A
few tense minutes pnsisl John Steele
leaned against Ihe mill His temples
throbbed The fog seemed i reeplng
Into the room, nml jet the door was
closed. He moled toward the pnper
Stilt imlnlnlnlng an aspect of outward
vigilance, he look ll nnd held It before
lilm ns If to examine i loser.
The other snld nothing, made no
uimenn.nl When the womeu had
'come lu Ills ncients had been almost
too frank. The gentleman had called
on n little mailer of business. He,
Tom lingers, hid voluntarily rlgneil
this mile piper, nnd lliey could bear
witness in the fit' t
Joint Steele folded the paper and
placed It In nn Inside pocket Thf
other suddenly breathed heavily John
Strete. looking nt lilm, walked to the
door lending to the street. He put h'
liflint on the key ai.il was about to turti
It. lint p.iused Something without
held his attention- a iruiKhlug sound
ns of n fisil on n pebble It nhrupllr
revived ml'Klitngs that had nssahed
hltnbcfore entering tlie phce.
Involuntarily lie turned his head,
Toni ltogers sprnng behind In a flash
nnd sclrod John Steele by the throat.
It wns a deadly, terrible RTlp. The fin
gers pressed harder. The other strove,
but slowly fell. As doziness began to
nerge Into obtlilnn Rogers, without
.flensing tils hold, bent out.
"Vou fool! Did j oil think I would
let jou get nrniy with Ihe paper
that 1 couldn't seo you were nbout
He looked nt the white face nnd
slnrted to unbutton the coat. As he
reached In his attention wns suddenly
nrrested lie threw back Ills head.
Vol-ps below resounded without.
"Sojthat was jour game! Well,"
aingV'ly, "I think I have settled with
He had but tlino to run to the rear
door, unbolt It nud dash out when n
crnalilng of woodwork tilled the place
nnd Mr. (illicit looked In.
When John Steele began to recover
be was dimly nwnre that he wns In n
four wheeler which rattled along slow
ly tirmigh streets. At Ills side snt n
figure" lltqt stirred when he did. spoko
In crhip nOklal accents. The police
ngent hnd come well nrmed nud. mnrc
oi er. fluid taken the precaution for
this little Journey of proildlng n can
to front nnd one behind, containing
those wlio knew how to act should
the necessity nrlse.
Kurtliely the prisoner felt his pock-
et. The memorandum book contain
ing the paper that had cost so much
mis gone. He looked nt the ngent.
Hnd It been shifted tn .Mr. Otllett'n
possession, or (dimly he recalled hlsns-
rn Hunt's Inst wordsi had Itogeis sue
ceeiled In siintchlng the prwpmn en-
deuce from his breast liefoieecHtung?
In Hie hitter ta-e ll had iirib uMedly
ere till" lirvn desliojed. In Hie for
mer It would preruinnbly soun lie trims
fetreil to the police agent's emplojer
To regain the paper. If It existed, j
would be no light task Vet It was the
phot upon which John Steele's for
tunes hung The piluclpal t-Uner was
In nil llkcllhoisl making Ids way out
of London noil. He would in n few '
hours rem h the sea anil after that
disappear from the case
'1 he fiirrl ip- suildeiily stopped tie
fore mi enilieutlj lespts table and se
il.He flout, and nol long after John
Sleele. somewhat to his surprise, found
himself In Loid Itoiisdale's risitns. The
liohlemitli Kil tehllid il high desk One
tinner of Ihe desk wns sllghllj'opeii
tsl. The iiolhe agent be addressed
' lrst-he should remain In the hall with
"There Is no ueed for
between us. Mr Steele'
; ,,,,, siH'le sliettllj looktiini l-olil
tll ,, N ,, ,,,, H(1U.
r nU llllin..M ,u,.u. He nmld
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ifiVn Mi tillli ll and this nun u few
, .; ,.,., nilvn ,. , ,,. list,llt
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n brief H-rlod befoie usheilu lilm 111!
Hail Ml lillleti ilcilicml to his no
! iKitnui ' neiiioriuduin Issik and
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""V ," '" V,' ''; u" fr" " j'," '" ' '" H
.umbels? Ih. il mult o u-ucd ill nier
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iWlllll did II ll.lllllll? 'Ill bll'IIUIIIH
III It. 1
hind llngeletl oil the uUe of It. Willi
mi effort' the other teidsiisl allowing
his glume In lesi theie He sal down
In a situ, stralghi bm ked elinlr
"Mr. tillleit. lu Hie .iinlen ut stral
ti'iiu I l"i Me," sail bn, toiiil,tle.
"mis iiitlhoilred bj tne In olTei J oil
ore ih Hue of ntoiilllig ekposuie and"
-ilelll'i'l'lli ( "the illlenibllil I o'l-e-
iqiletiies Vol Here lo be milTeuil o
livno liiilon, I tl'. s iiiiilili'j, tilth Ihe
siiMl.llloi llinl jou kl,ihl Intel le
MWII" -lo'lli Mil ele lilfii'tl .li'lnl)
"I nil il' , I hc Un.' .pil. k,
j ii 'i 'd p I li i lu ii I ih ii in iliiiiin
It) ' III -ll lillll III!.'
I un i II lll eli i e ,i i,l
I'l'' ) ll I III ll.,i , InpUl tins
"Ant you would have accepted tbo
"Why discuss what could never hivn
been considered?" was Ihe brusque
l.md Itoiisdalii frowned. "That nl
iernnllie Is still o en Itefuse will -Jou
will be III Ihe.hiiiils of Hie iililhor
Hies loulgtil. Iteslsl" Ills fllllerlng
ejes left tin iloubl iih.ileier ns In Ids
"In Hill e're" l.-til Ilcn dale half
roe. his fine looked ilrawti, bill lie
tcrmlucit, he renlnd ns If to loin h n
bollvyou forte the Issue, nnd'M
"One moment." As he spoke John
Steele slopped Inward Ihe Hreplai e.
Its gartsl downward at n tiny white
nsh on Ihe glowing coils, A Utile til m
tint might line been-piper? "In n
nutter i Important we imiy consider
n llitlo longer lest," still regarding Hie
hearlh. "there may lie nfler regrets"
Hcllfled now his keen glowing ejci
"In one little regard I did your lord
ship nn Itijusilie."
"In n hit way?"
"In mipposlng that yon j-ourself mur
dered Amy Uernrtl." canm tlie unex
pected resKine. The other slnrltd
vlol-iillj. "Vonr lordship will frnghe
tlie nrsiimpllon In view of what is cur
red on a certain stormy night at sen
when n drowning wretch clung with
one hard to n gituwnle nud yon. In
nnswer to his appeal for succor, bent
over ii ml"-
"It's n lie!" The words fell In n
"What?" John Steele's Inngh soun 1
ed mirthlessly "Your I inlshlp knows
libit I lucan, how the true fails In
this ense of Amy tJerurd li.no mine tn
John Steele's gfntire was strnlght.
direct. If the other bad the paper,
hnd rend It. he would know.
"I think jou had heller tell me,"
Lord Itonsdiile snld nl Inst.
"If jour lordship did not kill the wo
ninn. If the I'rlseo Pel did lint, Iheii
Who did?" ltotistlale leanid furtmnl.
John Steele ptrdlcd the iiob'emaii wllh
n puriHise of his own. "Why, she kill
ed herself." he snldlsiidileiilj.
"How?" The nohleinaii uttered lids
word, then Mopt-d. John Sleele mill
tsl. Had Lord Itoiedale lieen sur
prised at tits knowledge? He could
hardly tell from his manner whether
or not he had the affidavit and hnd
"How -Interesting! Mny I nsk how
"Oh. It Is nil rery commonplace!
Your lordship had received a thicalen
lng letter and tnlletl tin the unman.
She minted money. Vou refused. Sh"
n I ready hid a hiiiib.iud III lug In
I'ranie. a ruined gambler of tlie
bourse, but had trifled jou Into think
ing she wns your wife oii had ills
cm end, the deception nud lUn-indul
her. Prom a' tnitsle h ill singer she
had gone down duiiii until she. on
beiiutlful. toiirled. hnd InsMiine u mere
whit khe w is, nssnelnte of one like
Dundy .lee, tuuiiliig, unscrupulous. At
jour refusal to bee nine (lie iMIm of
Ihelr blackmailing st heme she In her
anger selred n wenHiu During the
struggle It was incidentally dl
Was lird Itdisdale asking lilmself
hnw Hie other luil e lined this? If
lingers hid escaped with the paper
John Sleele knew llotisibipi might well
u under tint
hale I eeti ill-
the in tnnl tru'li should
,,, (,.,. ,)smiu nsl. He ii-mM not
....a... iH , In iiinst.inies ei.-n be
,,,,. ,,f .. ..xlslence of a witness of
the trngnly Hut uni.t.ord llous'liilc
nFsuniliig a muiiucr, im-etlng subtlety
"At sm.nd of Ihe shot Joe. who
hnd been walt'ng below In the kitchen
wllh tlie laiull.iilv. rushed upstairs.
You f'lphilned ll"iv It happened, wer?
willing enough lo glie luotiei now to
get nmiy qitlelly nllhont lielng drag
ged Into the nffalr Tip' dead wo
man's coiifetlenile. gieetlj for gllti
eirn nl sm h a iiiomcnt would have
helped j-nti Hut I here iv.is a illllltultr.
Would the pollu- incept the story tir
suicide? There were signs cf a sirujr-
yls At that Instant some nye eIlt'lej,
iu iiouse, came srtinininig up me
' stairs It was tlie-l''lloo Pel.
I "Joe hurried jou out toward a rear
exit, but not before." leaning slightly
tnwnid Lord Itotisilale. "nil Impression
iif vnnr fiiM. n.ile. ilruwii lind iiiguclr
j sinmptsl Itself on the befuddled brain,"
bllleilj. "of the fool brute lull lost
po time lu making your if cape Little
mis said between jou nud Joe but ho
proieil Hiueiiiiblv to jour suggestion
Tlie way out of the difficulty wns
found He lulled the Pet. who had
oiu e or twice handled hlin roughly for
utilising Ibis poor creature Vou gaio
Joe money to have the l.iudlatl.v's lei
Ilinoiiy tigtee with his She myer got
Hint nioiiej." mennlur.lj. "lint gaie tho
deslied eildeute. J no had found out
The Hp-iiker slopped There re
in lined a cruelnl test - If ,onI Itous
dale had, the paper libit John Steele
tins nbout to say would cause lilm no
surprise He would be prepared for It,
The muds fell shaiplj
The landlady's sou, Tom lingers,
wns nl thi lime In Hie house In hMlu;
from Ihe pollie He wns oi lueiihsl
iibme lu n siti ill mil "I' garni
Through a stmepipe I'peiitn" dliiised.
he looked iUiwii tutu i'e sluing room
lielon e"i iiilil " I"
(To He Continued Next Week.)
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