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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 25, 1912, Image 13

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x A PECULIAR INCIDENT.
Just as he reached the funny
little temple where the God of the
Sea squats on his legs, brooding
over the rice cakes set as Offer
ings before him, Rinehardt heard
a scream. '
Adjoining the temple was an
open field. Beyond it, showing
hazily through the eastern dusk,
was a peaked-roof house. ,He
stared up at an open window. A
face that might have been lifted
bodily from the Arabian Nights
was silhoutted in the embrasure.
A girl was leaning over the sill,
grasping the end of a ladder
.which she strove to throw from
the window. A thick-set man
whose pigtail fell to his heels was
climbing upward. Rinehart saw
that he gripped a knife between
his teeth.
The face of a youngish fellow
appearedat the girl's shoulder.
He pushed her to one side and
grabbed the ladder. The man
climbing upward suddenly slash
ed out with .his knife. The young
man in the window fell back and
he dnd the girl disappeared. The
' fellow on the ladder seemed to
bound up the remaining rungs,
and dived through the window.
Rinehart heard another scream.
A. door banged.
He stood hesitating for a mo
ment, ran to the ladder and climb
ed to the window. Two chairs in
the room he entered were knock
ed over, the leg of one broken;
the lock of the door was"shatter
ed. He ran into the hall. The girl
screamed, sjie and the young man
plunged into a room not far from
where he stood. Almost on their
heels followed the man he had
seen on the ladder. The fellow
held the knife in his hand and
slashed with it savagely at the
fleeing two. The door was
slammed in hs face. He threw
himself against it, battered it
open with his shoulder, and
disappeared. The young fellow
and the girl appeared at the same
instant in the hall. They saw
Rinehardt, stopped and huddled
together like frightened rabbits
caught in a trap. In front of him
was a pair of narrow stairs. The
man with the knife dashed into
the hall, Rinehardt shouted, and
the young fellow and the girl ran
for the stairs.
They reached the first step, and
the girl stumbled and fell. The
man with the knife "brushed
against Rinehardt, and a vicious
stab he made nearly reached the
two. Rinehardt stuck out his
foot, tripped him, and he plunged
head first down the stairs. The
girl and the you'rig man doubled
about and ran back up the steps
and down the hall. They disap
peared through a door. Then the
house became still.
The man at the bottom of the
stairs lay motionless. Rinehardt
went down the steps and turned
him over. Then he gave a low
whistle of surprise, for he saw
that the man was dressed as a
well-to-do merchant. Across his
forehead was a long cut.' Rine
hardt turned to a door which
opened through thebackand went
out stealthily. A jabbering crowd

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