A MOVING PICTURE CLEW
By Alvah Jordan Garth.
"(Copyright by W G. Campbell.)
A drama of tearalmost a trag
edy the gloomy, "hearthroken
refrain of an old, old man. With
it the mournful cade'nce of a girl
ish oice tn'r and liquid as sil-
Rose to His Feet.
- ver beads dropped into a crystal
It was a strange and striking
picture in the library of .Geoffrey
i Durbin. An invalid, almost "help-
t less, his withered hands were out-
- stretched piteously, the tears roll
ing down his anguished face.
, "You are our last hope," he
- said brokenly to the young man
; standing with head bent rever
j ently. "I must see my boy before
' I die. Spare no money only
bring me word that he is alive."
"The law firm with -which I am J
connected has explained every de
tail of the case to me explicitl,"
said Adrian Wilbur. "Believe me,
sir, outside of our interest in you
as an esteemed client, our deep
sympathy will impel the most
loyal, friendly service. I shall"
find Oscar Durbin if he is on
"If you find him " the quiver
ing voice of the girl with jeweled v
eyes and a face almost angelic
thrilled the young attorney "if
you find him, there is no bbon we
could not grant you."
She had seized both his hands
in her own. Just one glimpse in
to the beautiful white soul and
the young man registered a se
cret vow that he would bring
hope and joy to that waiting
heart, if it cost him his. life.
When his law firm had advised
him that they wished him to
fathom the motives underlying
the mysterious disappearance of
young Durbin he had experienced
the zest and novelty of an ama
teur dectective. As he looked
deeper into the case, he realized
that he had been set no easy task.
Now, after seeing the beautiful
Mabel Durbin, he felt a double in
terest in the strange venture.
Briefly, a student at a leading
college, one day Oscar Durbin
had faded from view as suddenly
and completely as though the
earth had opened and swallowed
him up. A note came to his sister.
It read simply: "To avoid deep
trouble and distress, I must dis
appear." That was all.
And during a year money, time,
advertising and detective skill
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