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! With, an unscriptural remark, Rit
tenhouse got down on his hands and
knees and went after it. He found
it in the farthest corner. He was just
j about to emerge when the door open
ed and a young lady came in.
' Rittenhouse was struck dumb with
amazement The young lady Imme-
iA diately proceeded to the mirror and
took a powder puff out of her reticule.
Rittenhouse choked with horror.
I The young lady started. Shelook-
' ed around. Then, apparently, reas
sured that nothing had happened, she
began to unstrap a light suitcase
which Rittenhouse now perceived she
had brought in with her. She stoop
ed over it and picked up something.
The next instant Rittenhouse per
ceived that he was looking into the
wicked eye of a glittering revolver.
"Come out of there or I fire!" said
the young lady.
Rittenhouse came out He scram
bled to his feet On the chair lay his
tell-tale coat .Doubtless it was this
and not the choke that had startled
"May I put on my coat and button
my collar?" inquired Rittenhouse, as
the revolver perked upward at his
attempt to move.
"No," said the young lady. "What
are you doing in my apartment?
Hands up! Don't you dare put them
"It's mine," said Rittenhouse hum
bly. "I rented it from Flood for the
It was the young Iadyte turn to look
surprised. "Indeed!" she said. "Per
hips you can tell me the name of the
"I can't," admitted Rittenhouse.
"Flood said that the lady was a snob
and wouldn't like it known that her
apartment had been rented, and so
the name was to be kept quiet"
The young lady laughed scornfully.
"You can tell that to the police," she
"Why not call up Flood," suggested
"At his home?" inquired the young
lady. 'Terhaps you forgot that it was
after closing hours for offices. I hard-
ly think you are on sufficiently friend-
ly terms with him to know where he
"I forgot the time," stuttered Rit
tenhouse. "I am going to telephone the po-
lice," said the young lady. "You willl
stay quiet or I shall fire."
She moved toward the telephone!
and hesitated. "If if you are really?
speaking the truth, and mother rent-)
ed you this apartment," she said, "li
will give you a chance to offer some
satisfactory quite satisfactory ref
"All my friends are out of town,"
groaned RittenhouBe. The thought
of spending the night in a stuff, un
clean police cell was not an enticing
one. "I don't know a soul. I was in
the Adirondacks until this morning.
I was summoned down by my firm
Birch & Landso Dn business. Oh,
if only Freddy Holmes were here!
He'd get me out of this!" groaned the
A remarkable change came over
the girl's face. "Mr. Fred Holmes
of of where was he living last
spring? Quick!" she exclaimed.
"At the St Elizabeth," said Ritten
house. And then a light came" to him.
"You don't mean to say that you are
Miss Rita er I .never learned the
last name," he continued. "Why,
Freddy has told me about you, and
Oh, won't you let me put on my coat
and take you out to talk over the
matter? We can get him on the
long-distance telephone, and "
The revolver hesitated and was
lowered. Then the girl replaced it in
her suitcase. p
Half an houf later they were seat
ed opposite each other in a snug cor
ner of a famous restaurant not very
far from Grant's Tomb. Their ac-r
quaintance had progressed as far to
ward friendship as is possible, among;
well-bred young people, in the sne
of half an hour. The rapidity of its
progression may have been the re
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