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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 22, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 20

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THE SECRET MESSAGE
By Augustus Goodrich Sherwin.
(Copyright by W: Q Chapman.)
"Fifty against the dogi" shouted
Matteo the Marksman.
"Taken," in a merely careless drawl
came the reply from Ajvidi, the game
ster. It was a typical Mexican scene
the interior of the chief gambling den
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Arose Unsteadily From the Table.
at Truro and a critical stage of the
game in progress.
Marvin Howe happened to be pres
ent amid that swarthy crew a float
ing quantity in the general situation
involving warfare, anxious to get
North and out of it and the opportun
ity offered just tbt da- with a decid
edly favorable change In fortune If
he carried out secret instructions
given to him.
The position was this: The com
mandant of the sectional insurgents
wished to. send a particular message
to a co-patriot one hundred miles
away. It involved a junction of the
two forces. The intermediate forty
leagues of territory, however, were
occupied by a dangerous enemy. The
chief at Truro was surrounded by
enemies and spies. He had hired
Howe to do some translation and re
posed confidence in him.
Howe engaged to cross the danger
line and deliver his message. Both
knew that while as an American citi
zen Howe might get through to
Texas, he would be challenged, sus
pected, searched on the way.
So a singular maneuver was de
cided upon. Within the private room
of the chief earlier that evening, his
secretary had imprinted across
Howe's broad shoulders the message
he wished conveyed-to his fraternal
auxiliary. Those Mexicans were
adepts in using an indelible stain that
would wear and remain clear, at least
for a period. Howe was to try and
find some free lance who would ac
company him and bring back a reply,
while he, well rewarded, returned to
home, friends and fiancee to Nellie"
Buryea, the only Nellie in the world
to him beyond the unsettled border
line.
Howe had .thought of Matteo and
that was why he was now an inmate
of the noisy gambling den. He was a
free rover, neutral, popular with both
sides of the insurrectionist party, he
knew the country like a book and
Howe fancied felt friendly towards
him.
Howe had found him at the card
tabW pitting his money recklessly
against the most daring gambler In
Truro. It was a strain on his patience
to see him. immersed in the cards. He
was in funds at the start and then
Howe saw his last dollar go. A hand
some ring was staked, then his watcU
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