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EVr.NINQ BULLETIN, HONOLULU, T. H., SATURDAY, SEPT 23, 1911.
Dy ANNA KATIIAKINE CREEN
Copyright, U10, by Anna Knttinrine
Tnr MorioM rss I tnrttn.
I III i oit Is hero, loo." tvlii
perocl Sweetwnter after n
moment of considerate si
lento "Vt had better lock
It now, lunl wo not. till vou nnko tip
your mind whit to do with this con
elusive lilt of otldcncc'"
"Yes. loci. It I'm not quite rajoelf.
Sweetwnter I shall never survlvotho
strain If lie turned nwny
Sweetwater carefully returned the
hat to Its pec. turned the kev In the
door and deftly followed hi superior
bnck Into the dining room and thence
to their former retroit
"I rnn see tint It's Ukelr to lie n
drendful business." he entured to re
mark ns the two stood face to fico
jgiln. "Hut we've no choice. Facts
re facts, and we've got to nnko the
fcsl of them,
Ion mein mo to go
"Following tip ihe dews which you
hue jourxelf Riven mo? I'e only
f nlsbcd wltli one; there u nnothel"
"Ye, the hollies I believe tint I
shall not fall thi re It jou'll give me
n little time. I'm n fit ranger In town,
you lememher, and cannot I hi expect
ed to move as fist as u loc.nl dt tee
the." "Sweetwater, we have but one duty
to follow both dews as far as they
will tal.e us Onlv be careful. He
ineniher the evidence ngilnst llano
IiirIi. You will have to forgo nn ox
cisdliigly strong thnln to hold jour
own ngilnst the facts which Into
brought this let remit lover to book.
You seo-oh, I wish lli.it poor pill
could pet ease"' he Impetiionslv cried
its "1,11a, I.llnl" rang agiln through
"She Is the only one who Is wholly
innocent In thus whole business Con
blder her nt every point Her life Is
lnvalllible to every one concerned
Hut she must not be roused to the
fact not jet Nor must he be startled
either; jnu know whom I mean Quiet
does It. Sweetwater. Quiet and a
seeming deferenco to his wishes ns
thu present head of the house"
"Is the place his? lias Mi Cum
berland inndo a will?"
"Her will will bo read tomorrow
For tonight Arthur Cumborlind's po
hIHoii here Is tho position of a mister"
"I will respect It, sir, up lo alt rei
Buunble bounds I don't thlnl. he nied
Hates giving any trouble He's not
lit all Impressed by our presence All
he set ms to care nliout Is wlnt Ills
ulster may bo led to say In htr de
"That's how you look nt It?" The
coroner's tone was one of gloom. Then
nfler .i moment of slleme "ou mnv
rail in) carriage, Swtctwater. I can
do nothing further htro todiy."
Sweetvv titer threw open the door, but
bis wistful look did not escnpo the
oluer mans eye
"You're not ready to go? Wish to
search tho house perhaps It Iris nl
ready been done in a general way."
"1 wlh to do It thoroughly."
The (oroncr sighed
"I should be wrong to stand In your
way (let jour warrant nnd the house
1s )ours. Hut remember the sick girl "
"'lint's why I wish to do tho Job
"You'ro n good fellow, Sweetwater.
Tho ke)s tell tho tale-tho keys and
thu hat If the former had been left
lu the clubhouse and the latter found
without tho mark set on It by thu
mechanic's wife ItnneliiRli's chances
would look ns slim today ns they did
Immediately after tho event. Hut with
tilings us they are lie may well rest
easily tonight. The clouds are lifting
The coroner gone, Sweetwater made
bis way to tho room where ho had list
seen .Mr. Clifton. Ho found It empty
and was soon told by I lex ford that the
lawjer had left, lie followed Ilex
"I'd llko to foo the girl nnd I'd like
to see tho brother xvhon ho thought no
ouu wns watching him," bo said
"1 wonder what she meant by that
wild cr) of 'Tear It open! Sen If her
be.irt Is there'' Tear what open-tho
eollln?" said llexford.
"Of course What olio could shu
"Well, delirium Is n queer thing; j
makes u fellow feel creepy till over. I
don't reckon on my nights here."
"llexford, help mo to n peep. I've
got n dllllciilt job beforo me, nnd I
need nil tho aid I can get."
"Oh, t hero's no trouble about that!
Willie boldly nlong; ha won't notice"
"llo won't notleoV"
"No; he notices nothing but what
comes from tho sickroom " He lis
tens nil tho time."
"Does tho nurse know this?"
'Tho nut-Mi Is u muzler."
"Half nurse and half Hut go Bee
for .vourself. Hero's n puckugo to takn
Jn-iiicdlclnu from tho drug store. Tell
her Iheio was no mio else to bring It
up She'll show no surprise."
.Mmlcrliig his ilinuks, Hweetwntr-r
beli (I the proffered puckngit nnd lias
lined with II dotvii Uio hall, llo lind
beiu us fur us tho turn before, but!
now he pissed the turn to find. Just
ns bo expected, n closed door on the
left nnd mi open nicovo on the right.
Ihe door led Into Miss Cumberland's
room The alcove, clrcnhr In slnpe
nnd lighted by several windows, pro
Jetted from the tear of tho extension
and hid for Its outlook the stable mid
the hugo sycamore treo growing be
Sweetwater could not see Atthur's
face Hut his drooping head, rigid
with desperate thinking; his relnxcd
hand closed nround tho neck of n de
ciliter, which nevertheless he did not
i lift, made upon Sweetwater nn Impres-
slon which nothing ho saw afterward
ever qtlltu elTnced.
"When I come back tint whisky will
be half gone," thought he and lingered
to see tho tumbler tilled and the first
Hut. uo. The hand slowly iinclisped
and fell nway from the decanter, his
head Bank forward until his chin rest
ed on his btenst. mid a sigh, startling
to Sweetwater, fell from his lips Hex
ford was right only one thing could
Sweetwater now tried tint thing. He
knocked softly on the sickroom door.
This reielod the eir oblivious to all
else Young Cuinberhnd started to
his feet, nnd for n moment Swoetwn
ter saw ngilii tho heavy features
which nn hour beforo hid produced
such a repulslvo effect upon him In
the rooms below Then the nerveless
figure sink again Into place with the
sime constnlnt In Its lines nnd tho
Sweetwater's hind, lifted In repctl-
t nn of his knock, hung suspended II'
hid not expected quite such ludlffcr
enco ns this. It upset his calculation
just ii trltle.
ihe door was opened to him this
lime. As It swung luck he suv first
n burst of rosy color us n room nan
cled lu exquisite pink bunt upon his
sight, then the great plcluio of his life
the bloodies feitures of Carniel
calmed for the moment Into sh-i p
Sweetwater gl7ed at the wlnsnnip
brown held over the nurse's shoulder
nnd felt tint for him n new ind lui
poilnnt ficlor had emend Into this
case with his recognition of this wo
nun's greit be.mt.v How deep u fm
tor he was far from suspecting or lie
would not hive met the nursi s eve
Willi quite m cheei) mid self toulld.'iit
"IJxciie tho Intrusion." he said
"We thought jnu might need thefc
things, llexford signed for them"
"I'm obliged to )ou Are ) oil one
of thorn?" sho sh.uply asked.
"Would It dliturb )ou If I were? I
liopo not. I've no wish to seem Intru
sh e "
"Wlnt do yon want? Something, I
know. Give It a n.imo before there's
a clnnge there."
She nodded toward the bed, nnd
Sweetwater took advantage of tho tun
inent to scrutinize more closely the
nurso herself. She wns n robust, fine
looking woman, producing an Impres.
slou of (np.iblllty united to kindness,
Strength of mind nnd rigid iitteiidnice
to duty dominated tho kindness, how
"I want another good look at your
p.illent, and I want jour confidence
since joti und I m ly hive to see much
of each other before this nuittir Is
ended. You nskid me to speak plain
ly and I hive done so"
"You nre from hendqinrteis?"
"Coroner Terr) sent me" Throwing
back bis coat, ho showed his bulge
"Tho coroner has returuid to his of
fice. Ho wns quite upset by tho outcry
which came from this room nt nn un
happy moment during the funeral."
"I know. It wns my fault I opened
the door Just for nn Instant, nnd in
th it Instant my patient broke through
her torpor nnd spoke."
She had drawn him In by this time
nnd, after nnother giant o nt her p.i
tlent, softly closed the door behind lilm.
"I huvo nothing to report," said she,
"but tho one seuteuco everybody
Sweetwater took in the little memo
rnnduin book- nnd pencil which hung
nt her sldu nnd understood her posi
tion and oxtrnordlmry nmenablllty to
bis wishes Unconsciously n low ox
chmntlon escaped him. Ho wis.voung
nml hid not )et sunk thu mini entire
ly In the detective.
His o.vu went wandering all over the
room ns he spoko until It fell upon u
peculiar looking cabinet or closet let
into the wall directly opposite the bed.
"WInfH that?" ho iibked.
"I don't know. 1 can't make It out.
nnd I don't llko to usk."
Sweetwater examined It for n mo
ment from w hero he stood, then cross
til over and serutlulzid It moro par
ticularly. It was n unlquu specimen.
What It lacked In height-It could not
have measured inoio than u foot from
the bottom to tho tot It made up In
length, which must have exceulcsl flvo
feet The doors, of which It hid two,
were both tightly locked, hut ns they
were made of transparent glass tho
objects behind them were quite visi
ble It was thu nnttiro of Iheso ob
jects which mule thu ui)stery. Tho
longer Sweetwater examined them tho
hiss he understood the reason for their
colics Hon. much less for their prosur
vntlen in n loom which In all other
respects exprcuiiul Uio quintessence of
At one end ho snw n stuffed ennnry.
not perched on u twig, but l)ing prone
on Its side Near It was u doll, with
scorched faio nnd limbs half consum
ed Next this tho brol.pn pieces of n
china bowl and wh.it look-id llko thu
lorn iiiiuuanlu of soino very flno hue.
Further along his e)u llghlid on n
young girl's Iwnuut, exquisite lu color
mid nliuiy vt innlertiil. but crushed
out of nil sluipo null mil) betraying
Its tdeniliv by Ha dangling strings.
"Suinu lilldlsh iioiiHuuse, ' ho rn
marked nnd murtd toward thu door.
Tim. cervjiiiuj will liu rujjitiis buck,
and I Ti id rather not be found here.
You'll sco me ngaln. I cannot tell
Just when, l'erhnps joti miy want to
send for inc. If so, my nnmo is Sweet
water." Ills hand was on the knob, nnd ho
was nlriost out of the room when ho
started and lookrsl back. A violent
rlnnge In the pttlcnt had occurred.
IMstnrlied by his toko or by some In
'lev pulsation of tho fever which de
totirotl her, Cnmicl had risen from
the pillow mid now sat, stating
straight beforo her. with every fea
ture, working nnd lips opened ns If to
speak. Sweetwater held his breath,
nnd the muse leaped toward her and
gently encircled her with protecting
rilngtng out her hand, sho cried out
loudly. Just ns she hid cried nn hour
"Jlrenfc It open! Hreak tho glass and
look In Her heart should be there
Her heart, her heirtl"
"flo or I cannot quiet her!" ordered
the nurse, nnd Sweetwater turned to
Hut n now obstncle offered. Tho
brother had hoard this cry nnd now
stood lu the doorwiiy.
"Who aie j oil?" ho Impitlently de
manded, surveying Sweetwater In sud
"I brought up the drugs," wns the
quiet explinnllnn of the ever ready do
tectlvo "I didn't mean to nlnrni Ihe
)oung lidy, und I don't think I did
It's the fever, sir, which innkes her
talk so wildly."
"We want nn strangers here," wns
young Cumberland's response. "He
member, nurse, no strangers." Ills
tono wns actually peremplory
Sweetwater observed htm In real ns
toiiMnueiit ns he slid by nnd made Ids
quiet escape. He was x t 111 more ns
toulshed when, on glancing toward the
above, he perceived that, contrary to
Ills own prognostication, the whisky
stood ns high In tho decanter ns before.
itrtrv srnrmsrs svvrrTWATrn.
THU scrvnnts returning from the
fiinenl drove up Just ns
Sweetwater reached the lower
floor. Hi: was nt Ihe side door
when the) enme in. und a single
glinee convinced him tint nil lint!
gone off dtsnimusry nt Ihe gmve nnd
lint nothing further had occurred dur
Ing their nbseiiie to disturb them.
Ho followed I hem ns they lllednvvny
Into the klti lit ii nnd. willing 1111 the
men hid gone uboiit their work, turn
eil his ntteiillou lo the gills, who
Mood nbout very much ns If they did
lint know Just what to do with them
selves. "Pit ladles," said he, drawing up
chairs qnlio ns If he were doing the
honors of the house. "You'ro nit up
set, )on nre, by wtiat .Mr. Cumberland
said lu such nn uubetomlng way nt
I lie funernl. He'd like to strangle Mr.
Itinelngh! Whv couldn't he wait for
the sheriff? It looks ns If that gen
tlemiii would have the Job, nil right."
"Oh. don't!" walled out one nt the
girls, the Impressionable, warm heart
ed Maggie. "Tho horrors of this
hono will kill me. I enn't stand It n
minute longer. I'll go I'll go to mor
"You won't: you're too kind hearted
to leave Mr. Cumberland nnd his sis-
ier in ineir uospir.ui irouiue. sweet
water put In. wllh n decision ns sug
gestive of ndmlratlon ns ho dared to
Her eyes filled, nnd sho sild no
more. Sweetwater shifted his atten
tion to Helen Working nround by
her side, he managed to drop these
words Into her ear:
"Sim talks most, lint she doesn't feel
her responsibilities uiiy more thnnynit
do. I've hud mv experience wllh wo
men, nnd you'ro of the sort thnt
Slio rolled her eyes toward lilm In n
slow. tui prised way that would hnvo
abashed most men.
"I don't know your name or jour
business here." said she, "but I do
know that jnu take n good deal upon
yourself when )ou say what 1 shall
do or shan't do. I don't oven know
With tho most Innocent nlr In tho
world be launched forth in n tlrndo
ngalnst 'tho man then lu custody, ns
though his guilt weio uu nccoptcd fact
und nothing but thu form (titles of thu
law stood bvlvveen him mid his final
doom. "It must innko )ou all feel
queer." he wound up. "to think jou
have united on htm nml seen him
trumping nbout these rooms for months
Just ns If ho had no wicked feelings
In his heart nnd meant to marry Miss
Cumberland-not to kill her."
"Oh, oh!" Mngglo sobbed out. "And
n perfect gentleman lie was too. I
can't bellevo no bad of hlui. Ho was
not like" Her breith caught nnd so
fcudiUnly tint Sweetwater was nhvnj.s
convinced that thomoru cautious Helen
hid twitched her by her skirt. "Mho
like other gentlemen who came hero.
It was n kind woid lie had or n smile.
I I" Sho made no attempt to finish,
but bounded to her fist, pulling up
thu moroHedato Helen with her. "Let's
go," she whispered "I'm n feared of
the mm " i
The other .tlelded mid began In cross!
the iloor behind thu Impetuous Mag.
Sweetwnter summoned up his cour- j
'Onu moment." ho prn)ed. "Will ,
you nut tell me before you go whether ,
thu caudle-stick I Inve noticed uu thu
dining loom inautel Is not one of u
"Yes; there were two once." snld
Helen, loslxtlug Maggie's effoit to drag
Her nut tliiuugh the open door
"Ome," mulled Sweetwnter
which von nn an lluee dii)H ngo
A lowering of her head und u sudden
make for ihe door I
Hwielwniei ihniigid Ids tono lo nun
or simple inquiry ,
"And wns t hut whein tliey iiIuiijh
loud Hi r ,f i hem o le u i
nd of tl i ' due nml i I i intel"' '
SI. instil' i'. Invo'uiilnill) peihi
itlt d Nlvel)
Sihiw tier hi 1 Ids dlsnppoltiMiii n
The riiniii ti'cntl'itiod was n thoiougl
'in for lb" who i. famllr Anv mem
ei of It loulil have taken the caiulli
"I'm olillgid to ou," rild lie and
J i. Jit h . vo'iiiiixl further had she
.Hen bin the n poituiilly. Hut she
,:is ton ii-su- tho door to resist the
temptation of fiighl In nnother mo
ment she vvitsi gone, mid Sweetwater
found himself ulonu with bis reflec
tions. Ihe inonn snonc Hint night, much to
Sweet wall r's ilKioniforlurc.
Tho house piesentnl iiiMiiuntly dolor
ous nnd forsaken nppeir.ince, nnd In
the stable It was no Itetter. Zadnl:
had bought uu evening paper nnd wns
siekliig soluio from Its columns.
Sweetwnter hid nltempled the so
ciable, hut had been met by n decided
Soon Sweetwnter reillzcd that his
work was over for tho night nnd plan
ned to lento. Hut thro wns ono point
lo lie settled first. Wns there any oili
er means of exit from these grounds
save that offeied by thu ordinary drive
way? Ho Ind nn impression thnt In ono
of Ids strolls nbout he hid delected the
outlines of n door in w hat looked llko
a high brick wnll lu tho extreme rear.
If so It were well worth his while to
know whero that door led. It might
be ns well to try the lock, hut he
would hnto to cross a very tvldo strip
of moonlight In order to do so, and he
feared to uttrnct attention to his ex
Advancing in n quiet, sidelong way
ho had. ho laid his hand nn tho small
knob nbovo tho lock mid quickly turn
iil It. Tho door wns unlocked and
swung under his gentle push. An nltey.
wny opened before him lending lo
what nppe.ireil to be nnother residence
street. He was nlwut to test tho truth
of this surmise when ho heard n step
behind him nnd, turning, encountered
the heavy figure of the conehman ad
vancing toward him with n key lu tils
Zadok was of nn easy turn, but ho
hid been soiely tried that day, nnd his
limit Ind been reached.
"You snooper!" ho bawled. "What
do .von want hero? Won't the run of
Hie hoiro content )ou? Come! I want
lo lock that door.
It's my list duly
before going to
sumed tho Inno
cent. "And I wns
Just going this
way. It looks
llko n short road
Into town. It Is,
growled tho oth
it Is, It isn't )our
"tou sMjoern!" he
Tho alley jou sco belongs to our neigh
bora. No ono imsses through there but
Ho caught himself In time with n
sullen grunt which may hnvo been tho
result of fatigue or of thnt latent In
stinct uf lo.viilty which Is often thu
most dllllciilt obstnelo a detective has
"Ami .Mr Itanclagh, I suppose you
would say" was Sweetwater's easy
No answer. Tho coachman simply
locked thu door nnd put tho key In his
Sweetwnter made no effort to deter
him. More than thnt. ho desisted from
further questions, though ho tvns dying
to nsk where this key wns kept at
night und whether It had been In Its
muni place on the evening of the mur
der. Ho had gone far enough, ho
thought. Another step and he might
nroiiM' this man's suspicion, if not his
enmity. Hut he did not lent c the sh id
uws Into which ho ngaln receded until
he had satisfied himself that tho Ley
went Into the stable with the coach
man, where It probably remained for
tills night at least.
It was after 10 when Sweetwnter
reentered the houso to say good night
to Hexfoid Ho found him on watch
In tho upper hull, mid tho man, Clnrke.
below. He h.id n word tvltb thu for
mer: "What is the purposo of tho little
door lu the wall back of tho stable'-"
"it connects these grounds tvltb
thoso of thu 1'ultous. Tho l'ultons live
on Huested street."
"Are thu two families intimate?"
"Vitj Mr. Cumberland Is sweet on
thu .voung lady there."
"He uses that door, then?" Sweet
"Did l.u usu It thnt night?"
"lie didn't visit her."
"Wluie did liu go?"
"We rnn't find out. Ho was first
seen on Oarden street, coming homo
nfler u night of debauch, He had
iliunU bird. Asked whero ho got tho
liquor, he maundered out something
nbout u saloon, but none of thu places
which he usually frequents had seen
that night. I hnto tried them nil
'""1 wimu that weieu't In his books.
It was no good.'
"That door Is supposed to bo locked
nt hUil Znilok snjs that's his duty.
Was It locked that night?"
"Cnli't say. Perhaps thu coroner ran.
I lou see. tho Inquiry ran lu such n dlf
"by feieut dlieelliiu nt first that a small
mailer lll.u that limy hntii been over-
Hwis (water subduid tint iiutiiial re
tort mid. reverting to the sulijeit of
thu saloons, gut somu Hpeellle liilorinn
Hon In iik'iml o them. Then ho
pns-icd tlKMigfit fully ifow nstalrs", ' o-JJIy
to come upon Helen, who was Just ex
tinguishing the front hnlt light.
"flood night." he said In passing.
"flood night, Mr. Sweetwnter."
There wns something In her tono
which mnde him stop nnd look back.
She lind stepped Into the library nnd
xvns blowing out the lamp there. He
paused n moment nnd sighed softly.
Then ho started toward the door, only
to stop ngaln nnd cast another look
back. Sho was standing In one of the
doorways, anxiously tvntchlng him nnd
twisting her fingers In nnd out in nn
irrcsoluto way truly significant In one
of her disposition.
Ho felt his henrt leap.
Itcturnlng softly, ho took up his
stnud before bcr, looking her straight
in tho eye.
"Good night," ho repeated, with nn
"flood night." she nnswered, with
equal force and meaning.
Hut tho next moment sho was speak
ing rapidly, earnestly.
"1 can't sleep," she snld. "I never
enn when I'm not ccrtnln of my duty.
Mr. Hnnclngh Is nn Injured man. Ask
whnt wus said nnd done lit their last
dinner here. 1 can't tell you. 1 didn't
listen, nud I didn't sco what happened,
but It wns something out of tho ordi
nary. Three broken wineglasses Iny on
the tablecloth when 1 went lu to clear
nwny. 1 heat d the clatter when they
fell nnd smashed, but 1 said nothing.
1 have sild nothing since, but I know
there tvns n quarrel, and that Mr, Hnnc
lngh xvns not In It. for his glass was
the only ono which remained unbroken.
Am 1 wrong In telling you) I wouldn't
If If It were not for Mr. Itnnelngh.
He didn't do right by Miss Cumber
land, but he doesn't deserve to bo in
prison, nnd so would Miss Cnrmcl tell
)ou If sho knew what wns going on
und could spcuk. She loved him nnd
I'tu said enough I've snld enough,"
tho agitated girl protested ns he lean
ed eagerly toward her. "I couldn't
tell tho priest nny moro. Good night."
And she wns gono.
no hesitated a moment, then pursued
his wny to the side door nnd so out
of the house Into tho street Soon ho
returned to his old hnblt of muttering
"One thing 1 will solve, nnd that Is
whero this mlscrttblo fellow spent the
hours between Hits dinner they spent
of nnd the tlmo of his return next day,
llexford has failed nt it. Now we'll
sec w lint n blooming stranger can do."
02 CUTllUEltT ROAD.
Wnr.TWATi:it was soon nt the
bottom of tho bill, where tho
stieet. Hiking a turn, plunged
him ut once into a thickly pop
ulated district. As this was still tho
residence quarter, bo passed on until
ho gained the heart of the town and
tho region of tho saloons. Here bo
slackened pneo nnd consulted a mem
orandum bo hnd made while talking
It tvns not his Intention to revisit tho
places so thoroughly overhauled by
tho police. He carried another list. I
that of certain smnll groceries and
quiet, unohtruslvo hotels, whero n
man could find a private room in which
to drink alone. It being Sweetwater's
conviction that lu such n place, ami
in such a placo only, would be found
tho tokens of thoso solitary hours spent
by Arthur Cumberland between thu
tlmo of his sister's murder and his re
appearance thu next day.
He nsked the first passerby tho way
to IluhhcU's alley.
It wns n mile off. "That settles It,"
muttered Sweetwater. "Ilesldes. I
doubt If he would go Into an alley.
Thu limn has sunk low, but hardly so
low ns that. What's tho next address
I have? Cuthbert road. Where's
Ksp) Ing n policeman eying him with
morn or less curiosity from tho other
side of thu street, he crossed over und
requested to bo directed to Cuthbert
Cuthbert road! That's whero tho
markets nre. They're closed nt this
time of night," was the somewhat sus
Evidently the location was not a
"Is thero nothing but markets thero?"
Inquired Sweetwnter quite Innocent
ly. It wns his present desire not
to bo recognized ns n detective even
by the men on bent. "I'm looking up
n friend. IIo keeps n grocery or some
kind of small hotel. I have his num
ber, but I don't know bow to get to
"Then turn straight about nnd go
down the first street, nnd you'll reach
it beforo thu trolley car you sco up
there can strike this corner, nut
first sew up )onr pockets. Them's a
bid block between jou and tho mar
kets." Sweetwnter slapped his trousers and
"I wnsn't born yesterday," he cried
nnd, following tho officer's directions,
Hindu straight for thu rond. Sixty-two
was not fur off.
Ho besllntid when ho reached It
Somu houses Invito and sonio repel.
This house repelled. Yet thero wns
nothing shabby or ni)sterlous about
It. There was the decent entrnnco.
lighted, but nut loo brilliantly; n row
of dark windows over It, nud nbovo It
nil n sloping roof lu which nnother
p.irlln of light diew his uttentlnn to
nn upper row of windows, this tlmo
of tho old dormer shape, An alley ran
down one side of the house to the
stables, now locked, but later to bo
thrown open for the use of tho farm
ers who begin to gather here ns ear
ly ns ( n'eleek. Nothing wrong In
Its uppemniKe. ctiMtlhlhg shipshape
and .vet- "I rliuM find some strung,!
i Iiiiiiii leiH here." was ihe Sweelvvnler
lomiiieiii with which our deic-ciiAit
opened the door nml walked Into the
It wns nn unusual hour for guests,
nnd tho xvomnn whom ho snw bending
over n sort of desk In ono corner cf
the room he strode Into looked up
hastily, almost suspiciously.
"Well, nnd xvhnt Is your business?"
"I tvnnt n room," ho tlpslly confided
to her, "In which I can drink nnd
drink till I cannot sco-whiskv. Just
whisky. Give mo n room. I'll be
"I'll glvo you nothing." Sho wns
hot nnd angry and full of distrust.
"This house is not for such ns )ou.
It's n fnrmers' lodging-honest mem
who'd stare mid go mad to see a fel
ler llko you nbout. Go along, I tell
jou. or I'll call Jim. He'll know what
to do with you."
"Then he'll know moro'n I do my
seir." mumbled the detective, with a
crushed nnd discouraged nlr. "Sloney
and not n place to spend It In! Why
rnn't I go In there?" be peevishly In.
quired with n tremulous gesture to
ward n half open door through which
n glimpse could bo got of n neat little
snuggery. "Nobody'll seo me. Give
me n glass and leave me till I rap for
)ou In the morning. That's worth a
fiver. Don't you think so, missus? And
we'll begin by passing over tho Over."
Sho wns mighty peremptory, nnd,
what was more, sho wus In n great
hurry to get rid of him. This hasto
and the anxious car, sho turned to
ward the hall enlightened him as to
the situation. There wns some one
within hearing or liable to come w lthln
bearing who possibly was not so stiff
Changing his tactics, be turned his
back on tho snuggery and surveyed
tho offended woman with Just n touch
of maudlin sentiment.
"I sny," bo cried. Just loud enough to
attract tho attention of nuy ono within
ear shot, "you're n mighty flno wo
man nnd tho boss of this hero estab
lishment, that's evident. I'd like to see
the man who could say no to you.
He's never sat In that 'ere cashier's
seat where you be. of that I'm dead
sure. He wouldn't enro for liters If
you didn't, nor for tens cither."
He begnn to edge toward the door,
nlways e)Ing her and always speak
ing loudly lu admirably acted tipsy
unconsciousness of the fact.
"I'm n man who likes my own way
as well ns nny body, but I never quar
rel with a woman. I'm going, missus;
I'm going. Oh I"
The man who had entered wns small
almost to thu point of beluga manikin,
nnd. more than that, ho was weazen
of fine nnd 111 balanced on his two
liny, ridiculous legs.
"Is she making n foot of herself?"
asked the tittle ninn In u voice ns
shrill ns It was weak. "Do your busi
ness with me. Women nre no good."
And lie stalked Into tbo room as only
little men run.
8weetwnter took out tils bill, pointed
to the snuggery and tupped his breast
pocket. "Whisky here," be confided.
"Itrlng me n glass. 1 don't mind )our
farmers. They won't bother me.
What I tvnnt Is u locked door und a
still month In .tour head. 1 want to
uooto to my heart's coutent, tvltti no
body by to count the glasses. You'vo
known such fellers before, nnd that
cozy little room over thero lias known
them too. Just add mo to the list. It
won't hnrm you."
'Ihe man's baud closed on tho bill.
Sweetwnter noted the nctlon out of
tho corner of his eye, but bis direct
glance tvns on the womnn. ner back
wns to him, but she ba'd started as
be mentioned tho snuggery and mado
ns If to turn, but thought better of It
nnd bent lower over her books.
"I've struck the spot." bo murmured
exultantly to himself. "This Is tho
placo I want, and hero I'll spend tbo
night, but not to boozo my wits away;
Nevertheless; It was a nlgbt virtually
wnsted. He learned nothing moro
thnn what tvns revealed by that ono
slight movement on tbo part of the
Tho driving In of the fnrmers. nnd
the nwnkenlng of life In the market,
nud all the stir It occasioned Inside the
house nnd out, prevented sleep oveu If
he hnd been Inclined that way. Soon
er than wus expected of hi in. sooner
than was wise, perhaps, he was on bis
feet nnd peerlug out of the one small
tvlndovv this most dismal day room
contained. He hud not mistaken the
outlook. It gave on to the alley nnd
nil that was visible from behind the
curtains where he stood was Hie high
brick, window less wall of the neigh
ben Ing bouse. He turned buck Into the
loom, disgusted, then crept to the win
dovv again, und. softly raising the
sash, c-nst one or his lightning glumes
up mid down thu alley Then he softly
let the siihh fall again nnd retreat
ed to thu center of Hie room, where be
stood for u moment with u growing
Kinllo of Intelligent e and hope on his
face. He had detected close ngalnst
the side of the wall n box or hand
tart full of empty bottles. It gatu htm
mi Idea Willi nn Impetuosity he
would hate criticised lu another muu
hu Hung himself out of the room In
which he hnd been for so many hours
confined nnd. coming face to face with
thu landlady standing In unexpected
watch beforo thu door, found It a
strain on Ids nerves lo Instantly as
sume thu sullen, vaguely abused nlr
with which be had decided to lenvo
thu house. Nevertheless bo made tho
attempt, and If he did not succeed to
his own satisfaction he evidently did
to hers, for sho ninth) no effort to stop
III in ns hu stumbled out. und In her
filial look, which hu managed with
some address In Intercept, ho perielv
ed nothing hut lellcf What had been
i tu her niliiil tear fur til in or fear fur
theliiseliens e inultl not decide mi
til lie had iiiiiiiiiiiucU Hint tail ut but
lies Hut how wim ho lu do this with-
out nttraitlng ntteiillou in himself It
ii way he still lelt to he undesirable)
When later III Hie tin) u terlalii nh
ptddlei went Ids iiiuiiiIs tbniugh Ihl
portion nt Hie tit) ii dUiepuliible look
lug fellun it t (imp Hilt d hlui. whuiij
even the sliilip llllllild) til Cutlihell
mad would have fnlhil to I gulrt
as the samu mini who hud ixiupltu
I be snugger)' the night befoie He war.
many hours on the ruiitu mid hid
many new experleiues with liuinal
nature. Hut he guliittl little else unci
wus considering with what vtonls In
should tu know ledge his defeat at po
lieu headquarters when he found him
self ngnlu ut the markets nnd u m In
ute later In the nlley where the tart
stood, the contents of which be tun!
seen earlier In tho day,
IIo hid followed the peddler here
because ho had followed lilm lo everv
other bnck door mid alle) Hut he
was tired and had smill Interest In thr
cart which looked quite uiidlsturht-il
and lu exactly the same itinillllou in
when he turned his buck upon It In
tbo morning. Hut when he drew near
er and began to lend n hand In renmv
Ing the bottles to the wiigtiu lie ills
covered that n bottle hud been nilihtl
to tho pile nnd Unit this bottle hurt
tho label which marked It us helm.
one of the two which hnd been In hen
from the clubhouse uu the nlgbt ol
The lamp In tho coroner's room shone
dully on the perturbed fates of tluee
nnxlnus men. They hnd been talking
earnestly nud long, but were uow luipu
tleiilty awaiting the appeumuce of u
Thu district attorney courted thu
light and sat wbero bo would be thu
first seen by nny ono entering. Far
ther bnck and rather behind the lamp
than lu front of it stood or sat, us bis
restlessness prompted, Coroner Terry,
the old friend uf Amnsa Cumberland,
with whoso son he bad uow to do
llehlnd him and still farther iu the
shadow could be seen the quiet figure
of Sweetwater. All counted tbe mlu
utes nnd all showed relief, tbe coroner
by a loud sigh, when tbe door dually
opened and on officer appeared, follow
ed by tbe lounging form of Adelaide's
Arthur Cumberland bad come unwill
ingly, nnd bis dissatisfaction did uol
Improve his naturally heavy loiintc
tuinc-e. "I rail this haid," bo burst
forth. "My place Is ut borne nud si
the bedside of my suffering sister, nud
jou drag me down here at 0 o'clock nl
night lo answer questions about thing
of which 1 urn completely Ignorant
I vc snld nil I have to say about the
trouble wiili h has come Into my fain
II). but If another repetition of the
Mine things will help to convict thai
"totinilrol wlm has broken up nit
home nml mnde me the wretebedesi
dog nllte then I'm ready to talk. So
lire nheiid. Dr. IVrry, mid let's, be
done with It"
"Sit dutt ii," replied the district at
torney gruel v. with n gesture of dls
missal to the ofllter. "Mr. Cumber
and. we have spared )ou up to Ihl
time for two ter) good rensous. You
were lu great trouble, nud )ou appear-
"I calij -rrra nxne." nc bchst kortu.
t-d to bo In the possession of no testl
luouy which would mnteilally help us
Hut matters huve changed since you
held c-ouveisntlon with Dr. Perry on
the day following your sisters decease
You hate laid that sister nwny, the
will whhh mukes jou nn Independent
man for life has been read lu viun
healing, jou are In as mm Ii rase ol
mind us .ton t-iiii be while your le
mulllllig sister's life hangs Ireinhllui
III I lie biiliiuie, mid. more luiirluu'
still, discoveries not made before Hit
funeral hive been made since, render
Ing It very desirable for )oii to euiei
Into particulars at this present urn
iiieut whhh were not thought net en
sun- then "
"Panic ulars? What particulars
Don't )iiii know euoiiuh as It Is to
hang Hie fellow-- Wasii I lie seen will
Ills llugeis uu Adelaides throat? Whin
enn I tell Jou that Is unv more ihuii
uglng than thin? I'lirtlculurs!" 'In,
word seemed to Irritate Mm bejoin
"We t-nn understand." said the toi
oner, "why you should feel so strum.
iy n gal nit one wlm has divided Hi,
hearts of jour sisters and plajetl with
one If not with both Hut there nr,
missing links still In be supplied, line
Hits Is why we have summoned jnu
hero and usk you to be putleui nne
give thu district attorney u little clear
er iicciiunt of what went on lu join
own huuse before ymi broke up Him
eicnliu mid jnu went tit Jnlir He
buiuli nml jour sister Ailelalile to u,,i
don III ut the NMilnpi-rlliiJ I'llies"
(Continued Next Saturday)