right and began to advance. In
spector James waved him back.
'Come straight Jo me, across
rthe floor," he said. ' "-' fj
The man hesitated an instant
:an then begajij q pick his way
n a, series V v AJg'yS' ' iwv;
more the inspector wavhjm
. 'Cnm.'UtrjSierh't-f'tn TTIP. he
,, ,n.br. ? y, .,:.-t j -'rr."-vr-5.-7V "-7- - --"
cned. He took, a -pie-cc of chalk Ldays '.ago a little item, from the
from his pocket and drew a at&kh$hdteoi Texas about how
into you and you know the re-
suit. Doubtless thpse burglars
placed the needle in your floor
With the object of sacrificing to
Kah and incidentally of regain
ing the statue by the .terror
'Which it should inspire;"
,- v o -ch r , . ?
ovhjinctqubtedly tread, a few
across the floor. "Follow
line," hs said softly -
"Reads nf .sweat stood out on the
IndiarTs forehead. " He glarfced";
round swif tlv. The inspector'had
Srawn a pistol. And; suddenly, 1
as the colonel startedvup, the-marf
gave a wild cry and-'stumblted for
ward, reeled, threw up his hands, j
a.hd dropped. The colonel -sprang
from his chair.
1 "Dead I" said the inspector
softly, bending over the corpse;
He raised the foot. -With an al
most imperceptible click a" minute Crri cag o.1H e?ll
needle of steel came from the
"I suspected how matters stood
from the first," explained the 'in
spector afterwards5, "A Tidllow
needle filled with deadly venom,
-such as leaves no trace -of pdison
in the body, is placed upright in
the floor in front of the' goddess
of murder. It is a secret known
only to the priests. Of course,
there are fifty chance's to one
against its being trodden on upon
a single occasion'. 'But, sooner or
later, the day arrives, A specta
tor places the-ssole of his foot
had orbduce'd a
gefod two-day rain'.iw.uu.ii
by filling-off dyna- qWiiiXJri
P fc-a K 1 V timH ti tlU'
smiled'. But if -you Uftv t
did. voU've eot an-'&W
other guess coming. H
thing i8 jDtt trip
squareH yotf don't
believe it yoA cani
Swire 'Charley1 Post .
prove it to yduV
C. WV Post, Who comes from
Battle Creek and radiates break
fast iood and chefer, the other day
ran down to. his ranchConsist
ihg of one county abdut the size
of Ne:w Hamyshire brought
down rain just in time to save his
cotton crop, and then beat it for,
the big show in Chicago.
"All I've got to say about rain
making," declares Pqst, ''is that
I've done it three years running
when there wasn't the slightest
chance of rain according to all in
dications. If you think it's merely.
squarely upon the needle, as you j coincidence, I've nothing more to
were about to do when. I knocked Lsay"
r r "-tt -r J1' r "
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