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A Clever Thug Outwitted by
a Smart Detective.
To the casual observer there
was nothing in the appearance of
the man who entered the elevator
to attract 'attention. To the
criminal, world, however, the
mention of his name caused the
boldest to tremble. There was an
alertness about the eye and a sug
gestion of strength in the broad
shoulders and sinewy form which
proclaimed their possessor no or
dinary being. He was in fact Ned
Nerve, the detective.
It was the morning following
one of the boldest robberies in the
city's history. The home of Max
Million, the banker, had been
broken, into and considerable
jewelry had been taken. There
was but one man who could clear
up the matter, and that was the
man who had just entered the ele
vator in disguise.
Upon reaching the inner office
the sleuth snuffed some cocaine
and quickly applied the hypoder
mic. Great clouds of' tobacco
smoke soon floated over his head.
He was thinking. His reputa-'
tidn was at stake.
Among the stolen aricles was
a beauiful pearl necklace valued
a $10,000. The manner in which
he crime had been committed
pointed to but one. Tom Thug
had successfully evaded .the au
thorities for years. The police
had been notified and .a dragnet
had instantly been thrown out.
The further detail of landing the
criminal had been left to the un
erring skill of the detective.
The sleuth's meditations were
interrupted. A caller was an
nounced. Miss Facsimile, the
actress, entered. In an excited
manner she stated that she had
lost a pearl necklace the night
before on her way from the thea
ter, and that she would gladly of
fer a reward of $500 for its re
covery. The detective accepted a re
tainer to pay for advertising and
getting out circulars. His mind
easily took in the situation. His
client had read the morning p'a
per. It was advertising she
wanted. He would waste no time
on her case.
The man of affairs relaxed ino
a profound reverie during which
his ordinary faculties slumbered
while the subconscious mind
Tom thug had not been idle.
His ready wit caught the cue of
opportunity as his eye spied the
advertisement of the actress
which appeared later. Hurrying
to the printer he ordered cards
which read : "The Ned Nerve De
tective Agency Jim Slick, Divi
sion Superintendent." Armed
with a card the thief made haSte -to
the home of the actress.
He announced that the neck
lace had been found and claimed
the reward, the sarne to be paid
and the jewels delivered at the,
trust company's office at 11
o'clock. He would thus avoid the
risk of trying-to dispose qi his
goods at the pawnshops.