er seemed to. think, however, that his
wealth might finally make some im
pression upon the young lady upon
whom his heart was set
Pearce gathered up the scattered
papers and placed them on the desk.
Then he closed the window so that
no further damage might be done. As
he came out of the room two servants
met him. He did not, however, deem
it necessary to explain his intrusion,
regarding it as an ordinary act of
obliging consideration. He went to
his office and forgot the incident, but
it was revived in a marked way be
fore that same evening was over.
Bolger, that was the name of the
star boarder, had been robbed. He
had left his room that morning for
a bare five minutes. The window of
his room fronted on the street An
organ grinder had come along with a
whanging, disturbing instrument.
Bolger was aroused from a late
morning nap. He hurried on his
dressing gown and went down the
rear stairs to the kitchen, bribing the
cook to run out and drive away the
pest When he returned to his room
he found his diamond pin and two
rings missing from the little stand
where they had lain when he rushed
away on his urgent errand.
"I know the thief," he declared to
a group in the parlor. "If I find the
jewelry thrown over the transom in
my room by tomorrow morning, well
and good. If not, I shall swear out
Pearce was not in the Toom when
this remark was made. He heard of
it when he came home from a call on
Annette. His intention was to go to
Bolger and tell him of being in his
room that morning. As he passed
it on his way to his own, however,
the absence of a light induced Pearce
to consider that Bolger was either
asleep or away.
Pearce was just leaving the house
the next morning when a man wait
ing at the front doorway touched him
on the shoulder.
"You are under arrest," he an
nounced, and produced a warrant
charging Pearce with the theft of
the missing jewelry belonging to Bol
ger. Pearce offered no resistance. All
that was manly in his nature, how
ever, came to the surface as. glancing
back at the house, he saw the face of
Bolger peering malevolently from be
hind a curtain. It was less the man
mourning a loss than of one gloating
over the opportunity to degrade and
disgrace an envied rival.
Pearce was taken into the court
room of the examining magistrate.
Half a dozen other prisoners were
seated just beyond him awaiting ar
raignment Amid his own troubles
Pearce did not particularly notice
them. He had sent for his lawyer.
The preliminary examination took
place. Bolger appeared. His two wit-,
nesses were the servants who had
seen Pearce leave the room.
It was just as Bolger was describ
ing the pin and rings that there was
an interruption. One of the other
prisoners awaitting trial sprang up.
With a quick dash she reached the
side of Pearce. She clung to him, cry
ing out to the judge:
"He was my friend. He is a good
man. I will prove it"
"What is this?" demanded the baf
"You see, sir," went on the girl, "I
am the girl arrested for begging. Old
Pietro, the padrone, makes me beg.
For that I am arrested. I escaped
him through this good man. He
found me out That man," and she
pointed at Bolger, 'say my friend
steal. No, no it was Pietro Pietro
and his monkey."
"What are you telling, girl?" de
manded the judge sharply.
"I see what Pietro bring home a
pin, the rings, diamonds. Ah! that is
his trick. The monkey climbed to the
window. Pietro teach him. He take
jewelry. Come, I will show you where
Pierto hide his plunder."
The judge began to question the
girl. Within an hour officers of the
xml | txt