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slightly drew back his coat, and there
on the lapel of his vest there showed
the prototype of the trinket that Hul
bert wore at his watch chain.
"You are ready," he said simply.
Hulbert bowed. He recognized in
stantly that he was mistaken for an
other, but the spirit of adventure pos
sessed him. This stranger seemed to
accept him without question or quib
ble as the person he had been wait
ing or looking for.
"Your work is all laid out for you,"
he said in a cautious tone, "if your
ship is at moorings."
Again Hulbert nodded.
"Then come. Our orders are to
place the woman in your charge.
The woman! A sense of curiosity,
interest, chivalry came to the front
with the young journalist The ro
mantic vein in his make-up as well
aroused. The man 'beckoned to his
comrade. The latter bobbed his head
in token of introduction. They led
Hulbert from the place.
"It would be best to get a closed
carriage," observed the man who
seemed to have the most say in the
premises. "There is what was given'
me for you," and he handed a roll of
bank notes to Hulbert. "The rest will
be sent as soon as you cable word of
your arrival in Algiers with the wo
man." Hulbert accepted the money. What
was he plunging vinto a kidnaping
exploit? However, he was in the
midst of the scheme . now, and he
nerved himself to go through it He
halted at a cab stand and engaged
a i four-wheeled vehicle. One of his
companions got up on the seat out
side with the driver, giving the latter
a direction. ,
After a devious route, leading into
the foreign quarter of London, the
vehicle halted. It was within a dark
and lonely court.
"You may as well remain within
the carriage," spoke Hulbert's" com-
panion. "We will bring the woman
down. She is quiet," and he placed a
peculiar emphasis on this word, "as J
agreed. Once aboard the ship, shg
will be reasonable. When she, knows
that to rebel is of no avail." , p
Five minutes later the. foreigners
appeared carrying a rwrapped up fig
ure. A glint of- light from, the car
riage lamp revealed the uncovered
face of a beautiful young girl, uncon
scious, drugged. She was placed
within the vehicle.
"You will make no miss on the
plans," spoke the man to Hulbftrtv
''Allris arranged, is itrnot,'' rejjlied
Hulbert tersely. Then he was Wme
what disturbed, for the other man got
into the carriage beside him, after
naming a dock on the Thames to the
Hulbert had hastily formed a plan
regarding whal he would'do as'to the
girl. The.evident intention.of the for
eigner to remain with, him set awry
his project After they had proceed
ed about half a mile he spake to the
man, signalling the driver to stop.
"Go get me a dozen cigars at the
drug store we just passed," he di
rected. Then to the driver, with the
words, "drive last, stop for nothing!"
Hulbert reached his own boarding
house. He dismissed the puzzled and
wondering hackman. Then he car
ried the girl up to his -room,, sum
moned the landlady jand sent" for a
It was nearly midnight. when the
physician succeeded in arousing the
girl from, her deep torpor. For three
hours thereafter she, the landlady
and Hulbert, formed" a trio engaged
The young girl had been kidnaped
from a private school by the foreign
ers. They were professional black
mailers. Her parents were traveling
on the continent and were immensely
The scheme had been to convey her
to Algeria and hold her' in seclusion
for a ransom. - -
At daylight Scotland Yard was notified-
From what information Hul
bert could give, the expert police were
ableio take up-the trail of the -wopld-
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