A Neat Robbery Sqheme That
. Is Balked.
The puffy, ovecfat visitor
clasped and unclasped , his soft
hands. ' . -
"These jewels, Mr. Holsta'dt "
suggested the professor.
"Their value is fabulous. Re
cently two were lost. The others
were sent to me by, order of the
czarina for, these two to .be
- The jeweler suddenly gripped
his hands together until his fat
fingers mashed inter one another,
and leaned forward.
; "Someone is trying to malce me
steal 'em. Steal 'em from myself."
"There, there, my dear sir,'
said the professor soothingly.
The quiet tones seemed to steady
"The jewels reached me three
weeks ago," he explained hoarse
ly. "The night after they came I
felt, as I slept, some mysterious
influence urging me to take.them.
It has been the same every night
since. Something is slowly forc
ing me to go to my shop, open
my safe, and take out the jew
els." " He leaned nearer.
"My clothes are not in the same
place in the morning that I leave
them at night? I have found tresh
mud on my shoes. My God, I be
lieve that while I sleep I am real
ly being forced out of my bed and
to the very door of my shop. I
It's driving memad"
He "stopped, with his fingers
"To Guifford, my nephew," he
explained, "I have confided the
whole' thing. He insists it's an
"Guifford," repeated the pro
fessor. "Hasnt he written psy
"He's' a dabbler in psychology."
The professor sat staging at the
"I wish to watch, tonight in
your bedroom. It's ori the ' first
floor? 'Leave your window un
locked and tell no one.'"'
Mr.-Holstadt, worn out with
pacing back and forth, was pull:
ing off hisdressing'gown when a
hand touched his shoulder. vHe
wheeled with a sharp, exclama
tion :and found the professor at
his side. The latter, giving a few
directions in a low tone; moved
to "a small closet and the' jeweler
slipped in'to bed.
The professor had not'ed that
it was 2 o'clock when--he heard
'the door of the bedroom open. A
oUng man with a dark intent
fa'ce stood by the bed,. He waved
his hands in a peculiar fashion.
The jeweler raised himself and
got heavily out 'of the bed. He
dressed and the two went out
The professor followed. The
chase led to the jeweler's shop.
The professor saw the jeweler
stop and shake his head in vio
lent resistance. The young man
made some strange parses with
his hands. Suddenly the fat
figure of the jewefer seemed to
J sag. A moment later the profes-
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