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faithfully placed, third of the pro
ceeds in trust for the children.
This had infuriated John Barr, the
brother-in-law. To quiet him, Fidelia
had given him a thousand dollars.
When he had squandered it in gam
bling he returned and had since been
continuously annoying them with ap
plications for small loans.
"I tolerated him," now related Fi
delia, "until I had got through some
matters in court where I would be
appointed the guardian of the chil
dren. Mr. Barr ke'pt coming' to the
house under pretense of a right to
see them. Yesterday evening I locked
up in my desk nearly four thousand
dollars in cash and twenty thousand
dollars in unregistered bonds which I
received from our broker too late to
take to the bank. This morning they
were gone. MrTBarr is missing and
near the desk" I picked upa glove
with his name written on the inside
"Then he, is the thief?" observed
"He must be. For the sake of the
children I do not want him arrested,
but I must get back the money and
bonds. They represented the sh,are
in the estate of my brother and my
self, and he is now on his way here
to use a part of the money to go into
"I will take the case," announced
Robert "You must take me to the
scene of the robbery, show me a pic
ture of this Barr and give me all the
clues as to his associates you may
Robert was a trine ashamed of
himself as he realized that he "was
simply eager to keep in the company
of his fascinating client as long- as
possible. Then, too, by taking up this
case, he, an inexperienced person in
the detective line, he might be im
periling the chances for recovering
the stolen property. Still, as he knew,
Arnold had left the city for the day
and he determined to take initial
charge of the case at least.
Remarkable good fortune reward
ed his efforts. Miss Blain kriew some
thing of the -places where Barr hung
out and the loose crowd he associat
ed with. Robert finally came across
Lhim staggering home early that
morning. Where was his horn's, in
quired Robert. An hour later he
pushed open the door of a room in
a large office building to find lying
prone across a bed the very man
he was after.
Barr seemed stupified-, drugged.
Robert tried to arouse him, but could
not do so. He searched hispockets
and the room, but was unable to dis
cover any trace of the stolen plunder.
For hours Robert watched by the
bedside of the man. Then he got
alarmed and summoned a doctor.
The physician announced that the
man was in no immediate danger,
but that he had evidently.been given
a poison to drug him. Its effects
would .probably never become elimi
nated from mind and body, he told
Towards evening the patient was
in a delhiuin.-, Then from his mad
ravings the watchful Rotert began to
learn what hadjaecome of the miss
ing loot' It seemed that Barr had
intended 'to flee the city, but had got
to drinking. He met some associates
and bragged of netting a fortune.
They had drugged him arid'had taken
a satchel away from him.
"Stuffed with paper ha! ha!"
gloated the delirious Barr. "The
money, the bonds safe. The key
ah, the key! They are baffled I am
This much and no- more through
that night and the next day then
Robert hired a male nurse, left him
In charge of the patient and went to
report to Miss Blain.
"No one has got the money and
bonds but Ban," he assured her. "He
has placed them in safe hiding. I
shall. stay with him night and day
till I find out where."
"The key the key!" was the mad
burden of the Invalid all the next
day. Early the following morning,