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"DAILY SHORT STORY
The Peerless Alarm.
The inventor stepped back and
iooked lovingly at the steel,
springy, traplike device attached
, to the wall alongside the door. It
.somewhat resembled a human
skeleton and connected with a
maze of bells and shining pistols.
The inventor clapped his hands in
"It will render me famous," he
jubilated; "write my name in the
stars emblazon it upon the book
of golden deeds. Blot out crime
protect defenseless women"
The door opened suddenly and
a pretty, cherry-faced, ripe-lipped
young woman appeared, abashed
and reluctant, in the doorway. In
stantly the long, viselike arms of
the contraption closed about her;
the steel bands clasped her fair
form inside the trap, and the pan
demonium of inferno set up.
pealed the great gong
"Bang! Crack! Zip-zip-zip!"
crashed the glittering pistols.
"Oh, monster ! Creature ! Fiend !
Release me this instant!" cried
irthe unhappy beauty, held fast in
. the grip of steel.
"Marvelous! Wonderful! Stu
pendous!" mused the inventor ab
stractedly, as he noted the perfect
; workings of the machine.
"Geo. Henderson, if you 'don't
- release me from this iron demon
this minute, I will never speak
to you again!" screamed the
c charming prisoner.
The inventor aroused to the
embarrassing situation, though a
beautiful gleam of satisfaction re
mained in his black eyes. "Upon
my word, Louisa, it is unfortu
nate that you should have enter
ed just at this moment though
you certainly did afford my new
Peerless Patent Burglar and
Home Defender a beautiful dem
onstration." The machine was not really
perfected and he had some diffi
culty releasing the springs. At
the end of five minutes he stepped
back, red in the face, perspiring,
avoiding Miss Louisa's blue eyes.
"Well," she demanded "are you
going to keep me here until
"The springs don't er just
exactly er release," he ex
plained. "The capture was per
fect, but er"
"Release me this instant, vile
monster!" raged Miss Louisa,
then suddenly began to weep.
"There, there;" soothed the in
ventor. "Don't cry, Louisa." He
began tinkering with the machine
and toiled industriously, frantic
ally, while the flood of tears
dripped impartially over his
sandy head and the cruel arms of
the Peerless Alarm. After 40
minutes of heart-breaking work
he desisted. "I will have to file
the machine," he announced. "It
will be a shame it will practi
cally destroy it."
"I am hungry," sobbed Miss
The inventor procured food
and fed the captive, pushing' each
morsel into her mouth, because
her own arms were held fast.
Somehow it seemed to soothe the