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-THE WASHINGTON HERALD. SUNDAY. JANUARY 14. 1913.
A CONSPIRACY OF
WALL STREET : : :
(Ccpjrff&t. 1X0, br tin JCnr Tort Zteslnx JodhuI PWdWues Comptsj.).
The Story of Charles Klein's Thrilling Plajr.
Novelized by J. W. McConaughy.
CHAPTEB V -Continued.
There was the utmost secrecy about the
whole arrangement. Darwin left and
returned unostentatiously, and for sev
eral days he made no move. It was his
habit to be very sure of his ground be
fore be advanced, and he spent several
days studying the character and financial
and social standing of Emerson's associ
He had no fancy for a direct struggle
with Wilbur Emerson on even terms. Ho
had too much respect for the young
man's skill and courage In combat. Him
ha nas determined to "get." but ho
knew that It would be necessary to strike
in the dark to turn the enemy's flank by
an unexpected move and pin him down
before he could gather himself together
tD fight back.
He acted on the principle that a. chain
Is nb stronger than its weakest link, and
he knew that Wilbur Emerson was by
no means the weakest. Tooker? No, he
was as impossible as Emerson. Raj
mond? He might do, but, fussy and
nervous as he was, be was still a man.
and If he should be able to stand the
pounding without breaking, it would be
the end of the investigation. Cowper?
Cowper was the man. If Wilbur Emer
son could force Cowper Into breaking the
law. he (Darwin) could force him Into
a holy fear of it. And another strong
point was that Cowper's engagement had
been announced about six weeks before.
Darwin s plan was made He could, of
course, have suddenly descended on the
olTces of the Emerson Banking Companj,
K-lred ev erythlng in the place, and found
tie evidence that he needed, but that
was not spectacular enough to suit him.
Besides, he did not want evidence He
wanted the absolute certainty, for even
with that In his hands he knew how
bard it would be to com let the bankers
of a technical violation of the law when
no man had suffered 5 cents' worth be
cause of IL Ho picked up his desk tele
phone KW3 B'oad, ' he said "Hello' Mr
t uwper pl-ajc Mr Darwin. Hello'
Cowper' This is Darwin. Busy Can
'ou come up to my offlce right away'
Something ver Important to talk to jou
about Tou will All right. Thank you.
Cowper put on his hat. and as he
started out he hesitated a moment at
the door of Emerson s office He had
a vague sort of feeling that he ought
to tell AMlbur about the telephone call,
but he could think of no reason. He
Knew that he had worried the young
chief needlessly In the past few weeks
But he couldn t help It. He was not a
brae man and every time he thought
01 tnai note or his in the place where
there should be a million dollars' worth
or gold bonds he shivered.
Darwin met him with a hearty hand
shake and asked him to sit down. Then
he carefullj and deliberately closed tho
door and locked It Cowpcr"s unstrung
nerves gae a Jump
What s that for, Darwin?" he de
manded paling slightly
Darwin smiled unpleasantly and did
not rcplj until he had taken his seat
at the big flat-topped desk. Cowper
sit opposite- facing htm.
I told you I wanted to have a very
important talk with you. Cowper," he
said slowlj "and I don't want to be
For more than a minute Darwin sat
MTiiling hi evil smile and gazing at
Cowper with cold, pitiless eyes.
The latter tried to say something
to tell Darn in to "fire away," to tell
him that he was in a hurry anj thing
but a growine fripht parvlyzed his
tongue. At last Darwin spoke again
When are jou going to be married,
George"- he asked There was a gen
tle ripple of Ironj in the voice Alarm
slicne in Cowper's eyes as he answered
In about a month and a half Whj ' '
Again there was a tense silence
Where had you thought of spending
vour honeymoon'" asked Darwin, In the
me eas. half-insolent manner. Ignor
ing the counter-question
I don t know. Why'" Cowper's
farm grew as he felt that there was
'metl mg terrible behind these appar
' ilv Innocent questions
w i v replied Darwin, slowlj Iook
i ig hard Into his eyes "I thought sou
might be thinking of spending It In At
Copper smothered a half cry and
gripped the sides of his chair with both
hands as If to hold himself in place. He
gulped and made .a desperate effort to
Atlanta " he echoed, but his voice
was scarcelj more than whispered.
Darwin gazed at him pitilessly for a
dozen seconds Then very slowly and
'Because the Federal goernment
maintains an establishment there for
men like jou" he said
Cowper sprang up with a choking
. I he made up his mind to fight for him
seic ana ms inenas as un; as ne couio.
He wet his lips with his tongue and
"Why should any of us go?" he cried
In an unsteady voice. "We've only done
what all of the others are doing all of
the .time!" Darwin instantly suppressed
the quick gleam or triumph that leaped
to his eyes. "We did borrow our capital
because we had to have to cash to save
the money jes. tho lives of thousands
of men and women that trusted us. Is
that a felony?
"If jou want to investigate somebody.
why don't you go after that crowd that
hit us In the dark that made the clear
ing "house refuse our paper that threw
the country into a panic? Not a man,
woman, or child In the country la any
worse off for your borrowing our own
money' We can pay a dollar and a half
on the dollar to-day!"
Darwin drummed the desk with his
fingers and looked out of the window
whllo Cowper was makinr- his anneal, i
When he paused for breath, the lawver
"The matter of your solvency doesn't
Interest me. and that motive that in
spired you Is a question of ethics that
doesn't come into the province of a
prosecutor i know that you broke the
law, and It is my business to send you
"Think of the damage of the ruin!"
said Cowper "If we're arrested nobody
will believe we'ro solvent. The country
is Just regaining a little business confi
dence, and If you arrest us it will start
another run on the banks, and that will
end God knows where'"
"That Is not my affair. If you will
make a full confession and sa e the gov
ernment much of the expense of a long
trial, I will give you Immunity If not.
you will so to prison with the other
"And I won't do It'" cried the other,
Darwin knew that he would, but he
suppressed a smile.
Better think again. George," he said.
gravels "lou, said you wanted to be
married in about a month " Cowner cank
into his chair again with a groan "You
can't help the ethers, anyway In any
case jou can take it from me they are
going to Atlanta. You can save your
self if ou will"
The only reply was a groan. Cowper
tried to think, to plan, to dead anv-
thing' Darwin made no change of terms
And all of the time his voice was In the
wretched mans ears persuaslv e, plausi
It was after 1 o'clock when he stag
gered out of Darwin's office. Behind hlra
he left a written and signed confession.
He went back to the bank and returned
Iste In the afternoon with an envelope.
wincn ne nanaed to the prosecutor.
Four nights later Wilbur Emerson stood
once more under the stars In front of his
home. But this time he thanked his God
from the depths of his soul. To-morrow
he had been promised the last oOO,OCO
that he needed to take up the fie notes.
His honor was safe, his fortune was safe,
and. above all his father would bear his
untarnished name to the grave.
Me' the Federal prison' For God's
wke Dirwln. what do you mean!" he
The lawyer looked at the livid face
t p d quivering lips and saw that It was
the moment to put In the final blow He
rumbled some papers on his desk,
fished out an oblong sheet, and handed
t to Cowper with the grim command
"Hero Rend this"
Cowper glanted at It a second sway
ing on his feet. Then, with a shudder
and a drj sob, he collapsed Into a chair
It was a Federal warrant charging
George Cowper with misappropriation
of the funds of the Emerson National
Darwin arose, walked arobnd his
desk picked up the warrant and put
It back on his desk. Then he turned
and regarded the less than half-ocn-m-Ious
figure in the chair with cool
contempt. Cowper did not stir. Dar
win drew a glaBs of water from tho
cooler, and shaking him roughly by
tne snouider, said.
Here' Drink this. Cowper, and
jou'H feel better."
The suffering man looked up with a
dazed expression, and took the glass in
both hands. They shook so that he
spilled the water on his coat, and Dar
win could hear his teeth rattle against
the rim. But the water revived him.
"Now, buck up!' said Darwin, with a
show of rough kindness. "You're not In
Atlanta yet, and jou r.ever will bo If
jou have any sense."
"What do you mean? That warrant"
panted Cowper In a hoarse whisper
"That warrant means that I have been
appointed special prosecutor by the At
torney General to investigate your chain
of banks, and I know enough now to
send all of you to the penitentiary
You've been borrowing jour own capital
without security, and that s a felonj".
Now the question that you have to decide
Is whether you want to go to prison
with the Emerons and Tcoker and Rav
mond. or whether you want them to go
without you. That's jour only" choice."
For a time Cowper did not answer.
He was trying to adjust his whirling
brain to the unexpected situation He
was too much shaken by the blow, com
ing with h' own guilty knowledge, to
suspect that Darwin was bluffing. But
n renting Relations.
tt was an anxious day for the two big
leaders In the terrific money duel that
had hurled the nation to the very brink
of ruin. The man who had sent his
partner to Washington paced up and
down his private office, his teeth sunk
Into an unlit cigar, and, as he walked,
he cursed Darwin, Washington, and all
connected with them with hearty sincerity
vvhv didn't the man strike, he asked
himself again and again He knew that
in spite of all he could do. In spite of
tricks and threats, Emerson had cone
up and down Wall street from Broadway
p me ner. hat In band, begging for
iaevand that he must now be on the
v e oTeecuring the last Installment of
the needed $5,000,000
He knew that those notes would not
ve ten seconds after Wilbur Emerson's
ands closed on the monev to redeem
them, ard he also knew that without
them It would be next to Impossible for
ithe Federal Government to secure the
c ldence necessary to com let.
Emerson was at his offlce at 7.13 in
the morning and out again a few min
utes later Promptly at 9 o'clock his
card was taken Into the private office
of old man Carrowaj. of Carroway,
Carter i. Co For nearly three hours
Hie veteran broker and young financier
talked in undertones, their heads at times
so close together that the dark hair
seemed to mingle with the graj
Occasionally one of them would lean
back hand turn to the table and figure
rapidly with a pencil and paper, and
then the talk would go on onee more
II was nearly noon when Mr Carro
way touched a button and handed one
of his clerks a written order The lat
ter went out and returned presently
wlth a packet tied up with red ribbon
Emerson's hand trembled slightly as
he took It and buttoned it up close In
his breast pocket He gripped the older
man s hand and tried to speak, but
choked Mr Carrowaj" nodded and pat
ted his shoulder, and Emerson reeled out
of the office all but blind with lov. In
his poclvct he had the last half million.
ii was like him not to tell his partners
a word about their salvation until it wig
assured Raymond and Tooker were out
when he returned, but he passed Cowoe.-
In the corridor. Cowper was pale and
wild-eyed. Emerson's lips twitched as he
saw tne mans haunted look and tried
to stop mm But Cowper dashed tjy him
"Come to the house at S. Georcre. sure'"
be called after htm Cowper lialf-turned
his head with a Jerky nod.
"All right," he called back, and hurried
Enerson stood looking Out the door for
several minutes, and a vague presenti
ment of coming danger crept over him
What had been the matter with Cowptr
for the last few days' He had been act
ing so strangely, traction shrugged his
shoulders and chuckled lightly.
"I'm getting to be like an old woman,"
he muttered. "Getting scared after til
danger's all over
To end all uneasiness, he hurried lnt
the vault, deposited the bonds, and got
out the envelope containing the notesj
He ran his eje over them hurriedly
They were all there.
No one would ever know how strongly1
h vhad been tempted to- destroy his
father's note when he secured the flrt
million his, father who was Innocent of
all wrong. But. he put the Impute stern
ly down as treacherous to his partners
-awing one. swing all, was his motto.
He put the envelope m his pocket mi
went to lunch.
And It was a lunch It was the hm
time that he had felt hung-y In six
weeks, anu ne irieq to make un ror nit
be had missed. It was nearly 2 3 when
he returned to the bank. Just inside the
outer door be found his wav barred by a
thick-set man with a stubby gray mus
tache "Whj . what's the matter with your he
"Sorry, sir," was tho calm reply, "but
the Federal government has taken charge
of jour vaults and books."
It was Isabel's birthday, and there was
a ball In her honor at the Emerson home
that night. The Darwlns had celebrated
the event with something- nearer to &
quarrel than they had ever done before.
Indeed, had Catherine wanted to dignify
her husband to that extent, there would
have been a very lively domestic battle.
Her husband had forbidden her that
morning to go to the ball She had po
litely answered that she would do as
she pleased about that, and as Isabel
Emerson was her oldest and dearest
friend, she would more than likely be
pleased to go. Darwin had Insisted that
she promise that she -would not go, and
had been sweetly Ignored for Ms pains.
He could not possibly be at homo to
enforce his commands, and tt is doubtful
If he would have dared had he been
there. Ho would be vtry busy all after,
noon. He must see Conner at his hnmn
about 10 o'clock and rush to the ferry
and catch the midnight express for
He had Cowper's written confession.
which would have been enough for a less
careful and painstaking prosecutor, but
there was something else that Darwin
demanded of the traitor as the price of
his freedom. This Cowper was to deliver
before 10 o'clock that night.
The prospect of safe and sure annihila
tion of the house of Emerson at his
bands, instead of softening his hatred,
filled Darwin with a fierce Joy. He told
nimseir that he was grateful to the old
man for what he had done for him years
afo, and when his conscience enfeebled
by the stifling ambition and ego weakly
reminded him of his debt to his bene
factor, he told himself that all of that
bad been paid a dozen times over when
Wilbur robbed htm of the love of his
He refused to let himself believe what
he knew to be the truth that he had
robbed himself of the love of his wife,
that Wilbur Emerson had not seen her
alone fifteen minutes altogether In four
years, and that the younr man would
not have laid a disrespectful finger on
her If he had.
He shut his ears to every voice but
that of ambition, and lashed himself with
Jealousy until he was worked Into a cold,
Darwin was in this frame of mind when
he called up his home that evening early
and found that Mrs. Darwin had been
at the Emerson home for some hours.
She had coolly left word that If he called
up he was to come over there for her.
He had to summon all of his tremendous
will power to control his fury when he
presented himself at the door of the
brilliantly lighted house and asked to be
shown to the smoking rosm.
"And please give Mrs. Dirwln my mes
sage at once!" he told the servant who
e'eorted him. The servant bowed and
hurried out. Darwin marched Impatient
ly around the room to the obvious annoy
ance of another servant who was arrang
lng a card table.
Tooker anTl young Gordon Roberts, the
manager of the Fifth avenue branch of
the parent bank, entered, laughing heart
ily. The sound of dance music floated In
with them, and Darwin glanced at them
and frowned. Tooker knew him slightly,
and disliked him cordially, and he and
Darwin exchanged distant bows
"Well, what's It going to be. Mr
Tooker?" asked Roberts, with a smile, as
he fronted up to the buffet.
"irm' Let's see what you've got there,"
'aid Tooker, smiling In anticipation.
"Guess a little brandy a pony."
Roberts poured It out, chuckling and
shaking his head.
Better not play the ponies.
"Ponies are all right if they come fast
enough," retorted Tooker, and the man
laughed again, and then strolled out.
Darwin glared at them with malevo
lence. These frivolous dancers and card
players and booze fighters! He held them
In bis band and what a Joy tt would be
to crush them to wipe them out'
Thomas, who bad carried the message
to Mrs. Darwin, re-entered
"Mrs. Darwin will be here In Just a
"Is she getting her things on"' de
manded the husband, abruptly
T don't know. sir. I
"Mr. Wilbur Emerson?" He spoke the
words as If they bad an evil taste.
"I don't know, sir," repeated the ua
perturbablo Thomas, and he turned to
the card tawe to give u a. zew deft
Old Mr. Emerson, who has Just learned
accidentally from Tooker of the arrival
of a new guest, hastened into the room
with outstretched hand, his fine old face
beaming welcome and good win.
"My dear James!" he exclaimed, "I'm
so glad!" Darwin gingerly pressed toe
old roan's fingers and turned away.
"Won't you Join- us In a little ah
festive dancer went on Mr. Emerson,
cordially. "It's Isabel birthday
Thanks: I don t dancer" interrupted
Neither do I,'' replied tne old man.
with easy, old-fashioned courtesy. Ignor
ing the other's manner. "But I manage
to grope my way through a square dance
or two during tho evening. Catherine is
here and "
1 have come to take ner away:" Dar-
vk. .' .ln -fefa nte,h nnii vnsn-
was defiance In every line of her figure,
from the fall of the graceful skirt even
to the perfect curve of the wonderful
lips. And in her dark eyes the battle
lanterns were lit!
win broke In agaln,-hts -voice and man
ner ruder than ever. The Old man
looked his amazement
"Take her awayr he echoed. Darwin
met tho old man's stare with hard.
steadv eves. '
"I think. Mr. Emerson," he said, delib
erately, "that an explanation m tact,
conversation of any sort between Us is
extremely difficult not to say irapossi
tie under the circumstances!"
Mr. Emerson was a kindly old man,
but he was not accustomed to snubs. He
drew himself up and a certain light flick
ered In his eves as he demanded aufflyi
"Under what circumstancesT JJarwin
turned away with a shrug of the shoul
ders "What are the circumstances, Mr.
Darwin, that makes conversation be'tween
us impossible?" 1
"I prefer not to discuss the, matter,'
replied the other shortly. "I have come
to take Mrs. Darwin home. Will you
have the kindness to see that she knows
I am here for that purposer
"I regret exceedingly, Mr. Darwin, that
you ' Tho stiff figure relaxed and the
thin lips quivered slightly. Then In a low.
pained voice he went oil:
"I'm at a loss what tolsay. We have
known Catherine ever since she and Isa
bel were schoolgirls together. Come,
James, we used to be very good friends!
Let me take a friend a prlv ilege and beg
an explanation. Isn't it something that
can be put right with a few wordsr
I prefer not to discuss the matter.
repeated Darwin in the same curt tones.
But the old man was determined to avoid
a rupture If the thing were possible.
I m an older man than- you, James
for Catherine's sake"' he pleaded gently
'For all our sakes. don t allow a simple
misunderstanding to cut her off from
her friends. Isabel and she are like sis
"Yes and your son. Wilbur, IS" like a
brother"" Darwin cut in with unmistak
able meanlnr "It's all pretty and Pla
tonic I ve no douot
A great light dawned on the old man's
mind and he repressed a smile of relief.
He knew how silly the Jealousy was.
"Ah. I see!" he exclaimed. In a grave.
gentle tone. "Some gossip, some silly
rumor' Surely, you won't condemn him
unheard7 Wilbur Is the soul of honor!
I'll stake my life on his Integrity as a
man And Catherine surely, you
"Kindly leave Mrs-Darwin's name out
of itr the-other-lnteTTOPtea'Sbe baa
nothing to do with my determination to
put an end to further communication
with your family. It's something of a
totally different character
"The nature of whfch you evidently do
not seem anxious to acqua-nt me with "
He paused, and Darwin made no sign.
"Just as you please." continued the
old roan, with a sad little sigh. "I beg
jour pardon." He bowed with grave
dignity and walked quietly out of the
Darwin stood with his eyes on the door
as he caught the rustle of skirts In the
halL There was a low murmur, an ex
clamation, and then Catherine appeared.
I think not. she said at the end of She surveyed him coolly from the door.
this dance, sir." way before she entered with exasperat-
Making a Stand.
Isabel Emerson had almost been in tears
when Catherine told her that per hus
band bad come and had sent her a mes
sage to get her wraps and come home
"Tow must tor
"Not exactly," Catherine had calmly
replied."! must go as far as the smoking
room and see him, but I have no inten
tion of fc-ntng home until I have danced
my last dance, my dear. 7 am heartily
sick of this nonsense1, and here is where
I make, a, stand." and she sailed out
Boa knew at the lima that tu, nuHx
tiarww mat sue ma not truly love him.
She was Hurt by Wilbur Emerson'a treat
ment and she thought that she could be
reasonably happy with the older man.
She had the most profound respect for
ma. iuu cnaracxer, tne deepest admira
tion ior nis courage and steadfast right
eousness In the battle against corruption.
At least this was the war she felt on
her weddlnr day. But a vfroman vm
knows a man. until she has "Wintered
ana summered him.
In Ihe four years of their married life
Catherine Darwin had come to know
her husband a great deal better than be
knew himself and Jie did not gain credit
as she gained knowledge.
She saw that bis -"hlgb character" was
a well-acted -pose that had so far de
ceived a gullible world a world sick of
fraud, immorality and corruption In high
She saw that his "noble battle against
the powers of evil m the republic" was
carried on by the petty trickery and cheap
tneatricais or a thoroughly selfish and
self-seeking man. And her contempt for
him was greater than htr respect had
But the young woman hart all of ih
nobility that her husband lacked. She
had sworn to be his true and faithful
wire, and she would do it If it killed her.
bhe had accepted without a whimper
mucn mat was unpleasant In order to
avoid an open breach, because she knew
mat puoiic seperatlon would be a terrible
blow to his political prospects. She was
not ambitious for him. nor even for her
self, but she recognized It as her duty to
the man she bad married to do nothing
that might Interfere with the career he
On the subject of her devotion to her
friends, the Emersons. had she very de
liberately defied them. On this point she
was adamant and he had, so far. wisely
refrained from opposing her after his
sharp rebuff the first time he told her
tnat he wished she would not be so much
at their house.
"I would not think of objecting to any
of your friends if they were respectable,
but I txpect the same liberty myself,"
she had told hlra. In a manner that-Implied
that she meant to have It too. So
even though he had asked her not to go.
sh was somewhat surprised that he
dared to come for her and Insist that she
return Just as the ball was getting Into
full swing. And when she entered the
room she was in much the same frame
of mind aa a certain famous politician on
the eve of the Saratoga convention tt ha
wantea a ngnt ne could nave It
fully expected that be would say; "Not
at all my dear." t
'1 da mind, h blurted out angrily.
But surely you don't expect me to
break all these engagemenUr and she
glanced over her dance card.
"1 asked Vou not to come here to-night
You willfully disregarded my my "
"Your orders," she supplemented,
"My request and now- you must take
the consequences," he added, grimly.
"Indeed.' You see, yon cava no reason
no explanation and it naturally did
not occur to me that you could possibly
be In earnest" ,
'The fact that it was my wish should
do sumcrent reason r he declared, draw
ing himself up In angry pomposity.
on, nonsense, James!"
"Now. do drop that trade expression!"
she begged, with a touch of petulance.
"Wny not stay jourself? There are a lot
of pretty girls here who'd be simply
charmed to dance with the famous prose
cuting attorney! No? rll dance ten
numbers with you myself, and, God
knows," she added, with a fervency that
did not help his temper, "that's penance
enough for having dared to disobey my
lord and master's Injunction! J that the
right legal term? Oh. come, James! Soften
a little! Come out of your shell!"
"You don't Jake me seriously, ehr he
said, in a low voice that trembled with
suppressed anger. "That's your latest
pose you ufusn to take anything seri
T dare not she answered, gravely.
"Whether Ufa Is a tragedy or a comedy
to me depends on the way I look at It
I prefer comedy thafa why I chose to
come here and revel In wifely dlsobe- she supposed they had been quarreling
"Well 1 intend to show you Tm right
"Of course ycu're right"' she broke
In with a hot whirl of words. "Even If
you're not you have the horrible faculty
of being able to prove that I am wrong!
That's the penalty I pay for being the
wife of b. 'Isv.t lawyer. But. James!"
she cried, with redden change, as the
horror of her friends position came back
to her more strongly, "can't you let some
one else undertake this Investigation?"
"For my rake!" she pleaded, with d
break in her voice, moving toward hha
witn clasped hands outstretched. "Do
this one thing for my sake! James,
"What!" he cried, starting back, an
grily. "Give up an opportunity like this!
The chance of a lifetime! Aht That
shows how little you care whether I
succeed or fall! iou ought to be glad
that my chance has .come at last! But
you don't care!" he added bitterly. "You
"Yes-James! Oncer she said, broken
ly. "When I thousht yon were actuated.
by a genuine desire to help others by!
reforming them but you seem to think
only of your own advancement "
"And you think only of him!" be In
"James!" She stopped abruptly and.
hastily turned hsr back to the door as'
Isabel hustled in.
"Kitty! Kitty! This won't do!" she
cried. "We can't let you a-o like this!
Oh. let her stay, Mr. Darwlal Don't be
such a bear!" .
must go! Good-by. Bella." raid
Catherine, before arwm could reply. As
Isabel saw the pain In her friend's face.
dlence rather than sit at home, content.
plating my virtuous, submissive self In
"Do you wish me to understand that
you refuse to come homer'
let me stay. James!" And she
looked up Into his flashed face, halt
pleading, half mocking.
"See. ril cancel all these engage
mentsevery one of them and dance
through the whole list with you If you
stay. Could any wife do more? Fur
thermore. I'll wear sackcloth and ashes
for the rest of the week as extra pen
ance. No? Adamant eh Stern, strong.
unbending, unyielding fine qualities
for a statue, James, but not for a hus
Darwin pressed his lips together and
controlled his anger by a strong effort
He had the power to hurt ber to make
her change her tune and he resolved to
"Catherine," he said, quietly and cold
ly, "in the light of recent events you
must not be seen here among these peo
ple. It's not expedient"
"There are more than a hundred peo
ple here," she returned lightly. "Which
one do you object to'
"AH of them in general: your host
Wilbur Emerson, in particular.'
"He Is not my host"
'This is his house." retorted her hus
band. "The Emersons the Cowpers
and all the others associated In business
with him are here. I know the whole list
It reads like a bankers convention. And
I wish you to leave at once."
She looked at him curiously, ber reso
lution unchanged but slightly shaken.
There must be somethlnz- mora than
mere loousn jealously here.
over the mere fact of Kate's rebellion
and her anger rose.
"Is It as bad as that7" she exclaimed.
"And this is married Ufe! ,Poor. old
Kate! Oh, but you men are monsters!
I wouldn't marry the best of you?"
"Indeed!" commented Darwin.
"No: I'm an old maid and praised
be the gods I Intend to stay one until
the right man comes along. Why don't
you staj. Mr. Darwin? Give yourself
a shock and dance with me."
Thank you, (t's quite Impossible," he
replied, with a polite bow.
"My brother will be terribly dlsappolnt-
"T've no doubt" reoHed Darwin, dry
ly. "Express my deepest regrets. Come.
Catherine!" And be walked to the door.
Is this what you call makinr a standr
whispered Isabel "I thought yon were
going to rebel"
"I did, but It didn't quite work." cams
from Catherine in a broken whisDer. "I
don't want to displease nun. Tm going
for your sake because he's threatened
your father and brother, and Hush!
I'll tell j-ou to-morrow' Good night! My
dear. I'm scr glad your dance is such a
huge success Good night"
And. with a quick kiss, she followed
her husband into the halL
n-t .w..' . i,. ' !. i, t- I resignation.
son was so upset that he said "good-by I S.0'-;! e .!. fiJZL8,!!!
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"With whom is she danclngr'
Intention of leaving. What have you said
"Catherine." ha resiled brasauelr. ox.
tenutlously closing the collar of his
overcoat "I want you to come home at
She lifted her eyebrows a trifle and
gazed at him In mild surprise.
"Oh. surely joa'rs not so serious." she
exclaimed, with Just a maddening touch
of raillery In the tone. Why. rr only
Just arrived and Tm enjoying myself
thoroughly I can't go for at least an
hour, so If you don t mind waltlnr
Ingly slow and deliberate steps. There I She paused and looked at him as If she
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me to tell you the real state of affairs.
unerson s chain of banks Is being in.
vestlgated. The Federal expert exam
iners have Just taken possession, and In
all probability the hand of the Federal
government will fall heavily. It means
disgrace, surely most likely Imprison
mentfor them. In my position as spe
cial appointee of the United States Attor
ney General I cannot allow my wife to
remain on terms or social Intimacy with
Catherine gripped the edge of the table
bard. The room was whirling around
"James'" she tried to crj". but the
voice was only a frightened whisper.
"Oh. I hardly expected jou to sympa
tlze with my attitude." he went on bit
terly "we seldom agree on anything.
But I am making the Investigation, and
I am In a position to know who they are.
Howev er." he glanced at his watch, "that
la not the point I've Just time to leave
jou at tho house."
'Then you-are not coming home with
mer she asked mechanically Her mind
was still numb from the shock.
?o, was the short answer "I must
go to Washington at midnight In the
meantime. I've an important conference
to-night and one witn the Attorney Oen-
erai earlj to-morrow He s determined to
enforce the law end has retained me to
help him. Thes people are to be rooted
out exterminated made an example ofj
ut course; i need not ten jou it means
great political advancement for me If I
succeed In convicting them perhaps the
He thought from her silence tharXhe
was at last convincing her. Convincing!
At last she could think clearly aa she
caught at the phrase "political advance
ment" He could talk of political ad
vancement at the sacrifice of htr friends.
He wanted to "root out" laughing, gen
erous, open-nanded Isabel'
He glorified In the "extermination" of
that Sweet old man who had been a father
to her who had taken the place of the
father she rould not remember who had
been this very man's benefactor!
He looked forward Joyously to "making
an example of" Wilbur Emerson'
He thought eagerly of .mounting to the
Cabinet on the blood and.tears. the shame
and anguish and despair of these her
She -looked at him as she mlrht have
-looked at some ICthzbroe7 crawling thing
tnat had crept intothe Emerson house
to kill them as they slept. 4
."Otv God!, she. groaned. "-Must you
always rise on the downfall of- othersr
Before, he could open his mouth to reply
the -heed to stop him at once came ov er
ncr wtn, a ritsnr ,, ,
"James, these people are my friends!"
she cried. In a strained. agonized volce-
"lour friends! They have helped us
"I have no friend,' Vhe replied, with
the air of a Brutus. "Besides, whatever
old Emerson did for7 me years ago, has
been doable-discounted hj bis son!"
"How? came in a whisper from Cath
erine's ,dry Jlps. Ha ej ed her coldly.
'Let me ee J"Cur engagement card!
Shetiahded It to hint; He; gave it "a quick
glance -and, then -with 'a rigld-tforeflnger
stabbed It viciously In' a dozen places.
'There! "W. E, W EJ W. E.'"
he snar'ed. "Wilbur Emerson1 I think
that's the answer, Catherine!"
"Mr. Emerson Is not here to-night"
she answered dully. "These are unful
filled promises. He Is not sufficiently In
terested in me to keep his engagements."
"He Is sufficiently Interested to make
them. he retorted. 4
No, not even, that," she replied lc
the same tone. That's his sister Isa
bel's hand be Isn't even here"
"These people are malefactors crlra-
lnals-a menace to. society! That's all
T don't btlleve- 4t!"i she blazed out
You don t want to believe It Cath
erine." he went on with calm superior
ity. He was beginning to take savara
Isabel stood for a few moments in deep
thought Catherine's hastily whispered
words had alarmed her. but the feellns
soon passed. She knew ,that nothing
very serious could threaten her father
and brother, and, anyway, she reflected.
It will seem so strange.' she mur- ne would learn all about It in the morn-
mured. Ins"- She shook the matter out of her
eh said, her voice as cold ' 1Ier iiual)an1 Taa.de a gesture of grim thoughts and turned to Thomas, who was
arranging cnips ana caras on tne table
-Is Mr. Wilbur home yet" she asked
"Yes, miss," he replied, looking up
"He came in a few minutes ago He s
"Whatever kept him so late?" she mur
mured, and then atked: "Are they goln?
to play cards to-nlghtr'
"But Thomas " She paused and look
ed disappointed. "Are you surer
"My orders ar to set for four "
At that moment her brother entered,
looking big. calm and handsome in his
evening clothes. But a keener observer
than his sister might have noted uneasy
shadows In his eyes. He had staved
downtown as long as there was any pas-
sioiuty or getting Inside Information on
the sudden descent on their banks and he
had learned more than enough.
"Her Husband Came for Her."
"Wilbur!" she exclaimed, reproachfully.
"Surely, you are not going to play cards
"Yes. we are.1 he nodded, walking
around to the opposite side ottha table,
his hands thrust Into his pockets.
Tiut my dancer
"We'll call the game off at supper. Sis.
So sorry I'm late, but is Kate here"
"She was I put you down for six
"I couldn't get here." he exclaimed
nervously, "Perhaps it's Just as well
Why did she go?"
"Her husband came and took her
away." bis sister tck! him. with a re
sentful note In her voice.
"Took bir awayr he echoed blankly.
and then turned hastily toward the win
dow. "Well. I'm not surprised." he added
In a low voice.
"I amr declared his sister, indignantly.
"And Tm very angry! He was In this
room not five minutes ago." '
I m glad I didn't meet htm. So h
took her awar! Did he zav whvr' tin
asked In a tone of mild Inquiry.
noi snapped Bella.
Darwin the Investigator. .
Emerson drew a deep breath, and saldA .
"Bella. I suppose it will hav'e to come
out sooner or late, but whatever you
hear don't worrj.! Our banks are fn
the bands of tne- Federal experts and
Darwin's the man who fa going to, make .
the Investigation Td ratber It had been,
any ono else-ianyvouer Toil know. Bella.
I'm not afraid of any roan any number
of. men. I've faced, and faugh t them, with
every weapon rrdra a Jack-knira to an
urmy Colt strugglea with there mentally
and physically and won out when, the
odds were cgifnst roe. But this .nan
Darwin ' be shivered and turned away "
"affects me IHea snake' "Lelwayn
want to. pur my feat on"' his head and
crush him! Ma seems to gain the upper ,
hand at every point; and- now be haa
turned the Federal government- loose on
when that man Krt4 you in the wit-
nets chair.' he went on rapidly, "he
seems to be Inspired. He has second
sight or something of the sort , It's un
canny., He's a fiend at cross-examinationhe
knows Just what he wants, you to
a- and, by God' he makes you soy It!
I saw htm twist up poor old Johnson, the
insurance millionaire till he roads, him
ne aoout nimscui ne s a. 'machine an
Instrument of torture! His pose la that
he hates mone, butdn reality he only
hates the man who makes money!"
Vhe leads a miserably -unhappy life
with him. Wilbur," his sister remarked
in a low -voice, as he paused in his de
nunciation. "Not a particle of sympathy
I know." Jie nedded He was walk
ing feverishly about the room. His sis
ter studied his face. In silence 'for a few
moments. Then she said quietly
"Wilbur, something has happened."
1 pleasure in the pain he was Inflicting.
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