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Just' at dawn yesterday ..morning I
saw him carrying out a trunk from
the house. -He throws it on a heap of
dead leaves, in the back yard. The
wind blew out all the matches he
tried to light "While he was gone in
to the house for more matches I
sneaked-up to the spot The suspicious-looking
package those coun
terfeits." "It looks bad for the man, I must
say," admitted Marcy. ''I guess we'd
better hire a detective, as you sug
So the sleuth in question was" sent
for and arrived in the town the fol
lowing evening. He exhibited great
profundity, wore a palpable disguise,
trod like an Italian brave, had a full
, store of tragic "Hists!" arid after
h'earing the story of the volatile Davis
and surveying the Barton place he
made the announcement:
'.'We must trail this man to his
."What do you mean?" asked
"He goes off on mysterious er
rands. What for? Counterfeits? Don't
you see,' if we can link him up with
a band of, the desperadoes who make
that bad money, he Is lost"
"That's it that's It!". encouraged
'T shouldn't wonder if he had slip
ped us already," suggested Marcy, as
they entered the garden of the Bar
ton place about eight o'clock the next
"I think not," said Davis. "See,
there's a lig"ht in his study in the
wing upstairs." i
"That's so," nodded the detective.
"Yes, and there is a figure seated at
a desk." , ' t
r "It's -Ralph Barton," proclaimed
Davis, after a fixed glance through
All three of the Iurkers could
vaguely .make out a figure at a desk.
They could see the head and arms
m6ve So.far at least their prey had
nat escapea uiem. --. v
"He may; leave on one of his mys
terious journeys at any time,'' spoke
the detective, "so' we had better keep
up the watch."
This grew tiresome in two hours.
By 'midnight Davis was bored to'
death. Marcy was fast asleep and the'
detective restive and wearied. He.
roused up his dull companions,
"See bere, you fellows," he ob
served, "I don't like the looks of
things. That Barton has been seated
at that desk upstairs there in hiSj
study for hours. I'm going to ven
ture a little closer." v
'"How?" asked Davis.
"Ill show you," and the intrepid
sleuth proceeded towards the house.
The others saw hlm-ascend, a" trellis
and peer through? the window be
yond. "Baffled! ' jOutwittedtt' he hissed
dramatically asfce ascended.
"What now?" queried Davis.
"That Barton Of .yours at the
desk " :, "
"Yes? Yesl" - -
"No. sucb thing a dummyari"au
tomaton. He lias fooled us. Hesus
pectedwe were'walching an&sjet'up
'one of his clever intentions tO'.deceive
uscome on. The coast's clearW'ell
get in the house 'and see If -we can't
find sometacriminatlng crew."
A ladder ws set Up against the
house, a window forced open. Just -what.
the detective .had announced
was disclosed." Thetre was not the
least doubt that Ralph Barton had
summoned his inventive talent to
baffle, his watchers. A scuffed figure
sat at his desk, operated by clock
work. The invading crew proceeded, to
pry Into the desk. It was with a great
smirk of triumph that the detective
unearthed a convict's suit
"That settled it!" he declared ex- .
ultingly. "Counterfeiter? ex-convict!
All I have to do noww to nab our
They" proceeded to. make them
selves at home. Davis gleefully anU-
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