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THE STOLEN PLANS
By Jack Curtiss
(Copyright, by W. G. Chapman)
Bramwell, the general manager of
the Loftus corporationTstared -with a
white face at Lewis,, the treasurer. In
front of him was an open safe.
"It's gone!" he said.
Lewis was shaking as if stricken
with ague'. "What do you make of
;t?" he stammered.
"I tell you what I make of it!"
outed Bramwell. "The Neatfoot
ompany has stolen the plans for our
new engine. It means a difference
of about twelve million dollars. They
have been after it for a year. And to
s it means bankruptcy."
Lewis closed the safe before an
wering. "After all, it's np to Feg
gis," he said. "He put the plans in
the safe. He went off on a su'dden
jaunt to Europe without leaving any
address. He's the president, not you
"But how did it get out of the
safe?" demanded Bramwell, when
they were closeted together in the
manager's office. "At least we'll trace
the thief. Somebody knew the com
bination." "Only you, I and Peggis," answered
Lewis. "I trust you as I presume you
"Of course I trust you, Lewis. But
how did the thief get into the safe?"
"Ever hear of the man who opens
safes by catching the sound?" asked
Lewis. "Some fellow like that It's
an easy trick, I understand. Some
confederate in the office introduced
the man probably hid him in the
ladies' coatroom around five o'clock,
where he' could hear the safe being
opened. After that it was easy."
"Who works at night besides Pe
ters?" "Miss Graham."
"Whew!" said Bramwell "Engag
ed, aren't they?"
They stared at each other and then
smiled. There was small hope of re
covering the plans, but at least it
seemed to them that they were on
the trail. .
John Peters, President Peggis' sec
retary, and Nancy Graham, his ste
nographer, had practically the run of
the office during the president's ab
sence. The inquisition had narrow
ed itself down to them. Nobody else
could possibly have been guilty. Pet
ers had entered the president's em
ploy in his present capacity five years
before, Miss Graham seven. She had
worked up to her present position at
"What Do You Make of It?" He
thirty dollars a week, and there exist
ed some feeling against her, not only
on the part of the girls who were now
her subordinates, but among Bram
well and Lewis, who resented the fact
that she and Peters accupied a prac
tically independent position during
the president's absence.
In spite of the heads' precautions
the story of the theft leaked out In-
1 sensibly the suspicion of the office