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me. The secretary -was a. bland,
brieht4iyed old man. I told my story.
I also- recited my suspicions: I could
ee that he was becoming interested
"You think the man who palmed
4he missing "antique "ring today is a
professional, eh?" he inquired,
"I am certain of it"
"And "'that you would know him
"I surely would. See here.v i crie'd,
"I noticed something peculiar. He
did not seem able to raise one hand
higher than -his .chest. He tried to
fleck away a ' grain of dust on his
cheek and I noticed him wince as
though ithurtihimr lt"was'a peculiar
motion. Besides -his eyes. I am go
ing to find that -man'," I-continued
desperately. "I want to clear myself
of any possible suspicion."
"See here" said the, secretary. "I
like your talk. -Nobody thinks .of sus
pecting yojufor- these robberies have
become an every-day evdnt. I want
to say this, however;, if you., succeed
in running down the gang who are
guilty of these systematic - pecula
tions, the Jewelers' Board" of Trade
will pay you a reward of one thou
sand dollars." " " .
"I'm going to .try; 'and earn it,". I
said, and forthwith -started to make
thV effort.. What first, .did was jto
slightly disguise my face. Then I
made it iny business to visit a regu
lar circle "of the big down, town "jew
elry stores. .
I struck, my quarry :the third day.
At a street corner' occupied by one of
the leading diamond houses, my at
tention .was attracted'to a man and a
woman- conversing, -The man's eyes
first gave me .a.liint of something fa
iniliar. The woman had opened. Iter
handbag and. given him an apple. As
he took It, 'I. noticed the. same fore
shortened movement of the arm that
I so well remembered. He'sllpped the
apple, into his' pocket. Then Both en
tered the diamond shop The woman
dow and noted .their evry move
ment. " The fashionably dressed
woman was shown a tray of unset
stones. She asked to be' shown some
other gems. Her companion drew,
nearer to the tray. There. was a rapid
movement I could not'follow. I saw
the woman take .her gum from her
mouth.v'Then the man strolled care
lessly to. the door, tossed the core- of
the apple into the street and camfe'
back to the side of his,companion. "'
I was after that apple core double-1
quick. Then as 'I returned to the win
dow!; T witnessed an exciting tableau
inside and stole thitheV.m'yjelf;
Apparently the couple had;, found
nothing tq -suit them and started to
leave the store. Suddenly thessales
man called to the, floorwalker and ran
out from behing thecounter, j
"TwDz-diamonds" ar(e: nilssing from
the tray;" he- declared T.
"Db.'ypu .darA to jnsinuafftthat we
took them? "blustered myr.nlan.
"The idea" sniffed. 'the woman,
royally'-.magnifii?ent .in her. iqueenly
scorn . : - x '
"Youtmust submit to a search,"
saltherderkfinniy. ; ,;
"Youhall suffer for this indig
nity!" cried tJieiiman? A' "
They accompanied ";the salesman,
who was joined by a lady clerk, to re
tiring rooms. I glided -up tojthe spot
where they had stood- at the counter.
I slipped my fingers along the under
edge, of the show case.
The two Buspects came out of tne
retiring rooms threatening but trium
phant. ; The missing gems had not
"I shall start a suit through my
lawyer at once," said the man and
moved towards the counter, against
which his umbrella rested.
"Wait," I said, and blocked his way.
"Examine that," I added,, extending
the apple core to the astonished, clerk.
Ana jtnat, Jpo-1 uauueu aaa or
gum to the poorwalker. ' '
"Wnat does tms mean .' inquired
the salesman vaguely , and then his
I .followed them asjar,as;taewin- J eye. Tested ona sjmrkhhg eye of light