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taking his turn to watch the patient,
Robert" noticed that he lay on one
side, his naked shoulder revealed.
He had observed a plaster there at
the first, but had left it to wear off.
It had done this hi .part. One edge
was turned over. Something glit
tered. Robert investigated. He de
tached from under the plaster a small
flat key bearing a number and the
initials bearing a number and the
initials, "U. S. D. V."
Withi ntwo hours Robert Prince
knew that key unlocked a box rented
by Barr in the Union Safety Deposit
Vaults. Within four he had learned
that the bonds and money were con
tained within it and that all Fidelia
had to do was to prove her right to it.
Barr was sent to a country sani
tarium, but died within the week and
a family scandal was avoided.
A week later Robert went into the
office of Arnold and confessed his
bold detective exploit
"I suppose I ought to pay you a
fee," he said, "for putting me in a
position where I could be of service
to the sweetest dearest "
"Ah!" smiled the shrewd detective
readily "then you have at last found
something worth living for? All right.
'Bless you my children, bless you!' "'
DIARY OF FATHER TIME
Breach of promise suits and other
actions taken by women of the pres
ent day remind me of the peculiar
and picturesque revenge Japanese
women were accustomed to take
when they were abandoned by their
sweethearts. When she no longer had
any doubt as to his faithlessness she
got up in the middle of the night and
put on a pleasing dress and wooden
sandals. She carried three candles
attached to her headdress and a mir
ror hung from her neck.
In her left hand she carried a small
straw effigy of the faithless one and
in the right a hammer and nails.
Walking gravely to the sanctuary she
selected a sacred tree and nailed the
effigy to the trunk. Then she prayed
for the death of the traitor, promising
that if lie died she would remove the
nails that worried her god because
they were driven in the sacred tree.
Night after night she visited the tree,
on each trip adding one or two nails,
convinced that the god would not
hesitate to destroy the man to save
the sacred tree.
With a chap who is interested in
reform and all that sort of thing,
don't you know, I attended a prize
fight. My friend desired to obtain
material for an expose of this brutal
sport. In the excitement of the bat
tle, however, Tie quite forgot himself
and urged on one. of the contestants
"Hey, you big rum, can that Gaby
Glide stuff and wade in to his lunch
grabbers. Give 'im the raspberry,
stop his clock, smoke his' lamp, jam
his radiator, smear 'im in the lug!
Quit your stalling and start that
cheese champ on a long sleep walk
while he's all to the niusta.a. Smack
him on the lungl"
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