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The pronouncement was mental
with Clive, Tut none the less em
phatic. A man had come running up
the stone steps. He was breathless
and eager-faced, -like a person who
was late at an appointment and was
seeking to make up for lost time.
He had taken up a position at the
very post where Clive had stood. He
fixed his eyes on the passing throng,
first taking from his pocket a large
envelope, .and a handkerchief.
It was now that Clive comprehend
ed how he had come to be taken for
this man. The new-comer was of a
low-browed, mean-faced type. Clive
shuddered as he recalled the pure suf
fering face of the" young lady and
compared its touching lineaments
with the sordid visage of the man he
The new-comer stood In an expect
ant attitude for fully five minutes,
constantly watching those who pass
ed by. Then he moved restively, con
sulted his watch, looked scowlingly
" At length he placed envelope and
handkerchief in his pocket, muttered
low and sullenly and started away
from the spot
An adventurous spirit, an interest
in the young girl he had seen inspired
Clive to follow this man. It was quite
a chase the latter led him along the
dusk-haunted city streets.
The man finally entered a low
down billiard hall. Clive noticed a
cardboard sign In its .window. It
read: "All around man wanted." He
entered the place to find it crowded.
At one end he made out the man he
had followed. He was talking with
the evident proprietor of the place, a
brawny, brutal faced individual. Clive
got up near to them, sank into a chair
"She wasn't there," spoke the new
comer. "Here's your package."
The big man took it and placed it in
the Docket of his coat.
"She's taking a big risk," he
"She knows that Didn't she prom
ise the money? Tell you, I was a few
minutes late. Perhaps she came and
"Send her another letter right
away then, telling her the trap will
be sprung if she don't buy these
documents within the next twenty
four hours. Hey! what do you want?-V
The speaker had discovered Clive.
He regarded him suspiciously.
"I see you advertised to hire a
man," said Clive promptly.
"Yes," replied the other. "If you
think you can make yourself useful,
keep the chairs and tables in order
and the litter off the floor, go to
Clive noticed the manrthrow off his
coat. He "made a pretense oflbusy
ing himself about the place for the
next hour. Then, when unnoticed,
he sidled up to the discarded coat. In
a trice he had secured-th& package
in its pocket Two minutesf later he
was out of ,the.place.' '
In the solitude of thepoor rodm he
occupied Clive made & new Inspec
tion of the package ';fh.evoung lady
had given: him. Eva'AWardell, that
was'her name and he found a pen
ciled notation on one" of the bonds
giving her address.
"I have come to return a package
you gave me under a misapprehen
sion," he spoke, when he was shown
into the parlor of a neat home-like
flat and he tendered the parcel in
Miss Eva Wardell was deathly pale,
she trembled as she silently received
it. She was still silent as she return
ed the envelope containing the rec
ommendations. "You are in deep trouble, I see
that," spoke Clive. "It is about some
papers you expected to receive?"
"I have made a terrible mistake.
We are lost!" breathed.. the girl
"Not If "the possession of the papers
you refer to will help you any," and
Clive produced the envelope he had
abstracted. She opened it feverishly.
Sheranrover its contents .with, eager-