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By George Elmer Cobb.
"Which does Mae like best?"
"Two evenings in the week, Rufus
Dodge, Saturday evening and Sun
day, Worth Bartley?--
"And the rest of the time?"
"Well, I think young Bartley is the
favorite. He should be a fine, man
ly fellow, ambitious, earnest and
handsome. Not that Dodge is in. any
way bad. Some time ago, however,
Began Looking About the Spot.
he won a prize in a foreign lottery."
' "How much?"
"One thousand dollars. He has
salted it away in bank, all right, but
he boasts of it constantly. Braggs of
his luck and, mark me, with the spec
ulative fever latent in- his veins, will
some day lose it just as easily as he
Thus two members of the social
circle in which pretty Mae Winston
was the belle and Bartleyand oDdge
-rthy and' popular members. They
. theme of a good many dis
cussions, but all that was complete
ly overshadowed the day succeeding
to that upon which the foregoing
conversation took place. The parties
to the same met again.
"What do you think of the latest?"
"The diamond robbery up at the
"Yes. The ysay the burglars gto a
box of jewels worth $20,000."
"Whew! That's some value!"
"Here's a printed description and
reward offered $5,000 for the re
covery of the gems double that for
the additional conviction of the
"It almost tempts a fellow to play
The great jewel robbery was the
biggest sensation that Fairmont had'
ever known. A great many wealthy
people lived near the pretty lake ad
joining the town, and the robbers had
sought a grand field for operations.
They seemed to have vanished com
pletely, however, leaving no clew be
hind them: Then two evenings later
a new excitement set the village all
agog. Bartley had bee nfound
wounded and insensible in a waste
piece of ground atiout a mile from
It was Saturday night, and Worth,
apparently, had been on his way from
the neighboring town where he
worked, bent on his regular visit to
the Winston family, when attacked.
He had been struck on the head with
some heavy, blunt instrument. The
motive of the assault was a mystery,
for although his clothing had been
ransacked and torn, his money and
jewelry were intact.
For twenty-four hours Worth lay
insensible at the home of & relative,
whither he had been removed. Then
a fever set in, and for over a week
he was delirious or too weak to talk.
Mae visited him several times and
sent him flowers' ,and delicacies.
Meantime, Rufus had pome into a
new experience. He called at the
Winston home one day and sought a