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THE SIGN OF VEHUSBY ROBERT W. CHAMBERS
Especially Illustrated for The Day Book by the Famous
1 American Illustrator, Dan Sayre Groesbeck.
(Copyright, 1907, by Robert W. Chambers.)
HE card game bid fair to develop
into an all-night seance; the foreign
diplomat had shed his coat and light
ed a fresh cigar; somebody threwf.a
handkerchief over the face of ;the
clock, and a sleepy, club servant took
reserve orders for wo dozen siphons
and other details. r
"That lets me out," said young
Hetherford, rising from his chair
with a nod at the dealer.' He tossed
his cards on the table, settled side
obligations with the man on his left,
yawned, and put on his hat. He
sauntered across the hallway and
down the stairs into the court, refus
ing the offered cab. The night air
refreshed him; "tie stood a moment,
then tossed away his cigar and step
ped out into the street
It was deserted; darkened brown
stone mansions stared at him
through somber windows as he pass
ed; his' footsteps echoed across the
f The doors of many houses were boarded up sign that their tenants' had
l migrated to the country. . Strolling at ease, thoughts nowhere, he had trav
ersed half the block, when an opening door and a glimmer of light across the
j sidewalk attracted his attention.
f As he approached the house where the light came, a figure suddenly
I appeared on the stoop a girl in a white ball' gown hastily descending the
x stone steps. Light' from the doorway tinted her bared-arms and shoulders.
She bent her graceful head and gazed earnestly at -Hetherford -r
"I beg your pardon," she almost whispered; "might I ask you to help
s Hetherford stopped and wheeled short.
"I I really beg your pardon," she said, "but I am in such distress. -.
Could I ask you to find me a cab?"
"A cab!" he repeated uncertainly; "why, yes I will with pleasure "
"it.is urgent? butjH;SQmetmnglse