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A SLIGHT MISTAKE
By Gertrude Mary Sheridan.
"Send for a detective!"
The speaker, Mort Davis, looked
excited and his auditor, Eugene Mar
cy, startled. "
"Think you've got the goods on
Ralph Barton, do you?" interrogated
"I think I've got the start of a
mighty fine case," replied Davis.
"You want to. go slow," advised his
companion and crony. "Not that I like
He Exhibited Great Profundity
Ralph Barton, but he stands pretty
well here, they say he's a coming
man and it's good politics to have
"See here, Marcy," broke in Davis,
"you don't want that pretty cousin of
yours, Lucia Page, to many an ad
venturer, do you?"
"And you expect some one to help
you pay that $400 you're short on in
your town treasurer fund, don't
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"I've got to find 'that money, yes,"
said Marcy, wincing.
"All right send for a detective
and start the ball rolling. I'll guaran-.
tee results. I don't want to act in the
case for fear it might spoil my
chances with Lucia when this Barton
is off the boards. She was nice
enough to me before he came upon
the scene. Furthermore, the day "her
engagement with Barton is broken
up, "I'll loan you that four hundred
"You will," cried Marcy with ani
mation. "Then I'll join in with you in
running this imposter down if lie is
"He's worse," declared Davis, lo'w
ering his voice, and looking desper
ately mysterious "he's a counfef
fieiter." "You don't say. so!"
"I do and I've got ,the proofs."
The speaker cautiously drew from
his pocket a package. He undid it
and exposed to the staring gfance of
his companion nearly a hundred new
ten dollar bills.
"Counterfeit," he annpunced inf
pressively "all of them, I've learned
that beyond question."
"Where did you get them?" inquir
ed the bewildered Marcy.
"Well, you know I've been watch
ing Barton for some time? Here
comes a stranger, to town, buys an
expensive place, opens a big bank
account and nobody knows where he
comes from. Says he's a professional
man retired. Passes his time idly ex
perimenting with some inventions.
Picks out the handsomest girl in the
place, that's Lucia. Then I discov
ered that he would disappear at spells
from his home. He -would always
leave mysteriously at night. Carried
a secret-looking satchel and gone for
"Yes, I've heard about that," re
"I set to wa'tchingTiim. No good.
Last week- he slipped me,' leaving
town while I hung arourid hJsliouse,'
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