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young professor. One bore a Berlin
postmark, a second that of an Aus
trian city, a third was from Amster
dam. "How I got them after Dixon had
thrown them carelessly aside, never
mind," proceeded Mrs. Moore. "There
they are. If he isn't in treasonable
correspondence with foreign powers,
and maybe manufacturing explosives
to blow up the state capitol or the
White -House or what not, then I
don't know much."
"You do a good deal," comment
ed Wilson eagerly. "Lucy, you've
done me a big service. Give me those
envelopes. I think you'vehit it right
Dixon is one of those international
spies. I'll get on his trail. Oh, if I
can only land him and have the field
clear to court Edna again!"
"No rash moves now," warned his
"I'll be sure of my ground before I
make a definite, move," pledged Wil
son. From that hour he became a sleuth.
He told nobody of his suspicions alia
plans. He simply kept an eye on his
hated riyal Night times he prowled
around the old- shop, but it was well
boarded up and barricaded. One
night; however, he managed to locate
a convenient crack in the outside
sheathing of the structure.
There he patiently installed him
self. He had a fair view of the young
professor. The latter worked at a
forge, mixed some liquid substance
in a retort Finally he went to a
work bench and took up a brown
glass globe about the size of a pound
Into this he poured the .contents of
a retort He sealed up its end and
placed thelobe carefully in a basket
containing about a dozen others.
' "Bombs, sure as you live!" gasped
Wilson, and his frame shook with
fear and excitement and his eyes
goggled. He went home full of bis
marvelous, discovery. What a sensa
tion it would make when the dread
inteligence was made pubjic!
What should he do? Wilson tossed
restlessly in his bed all night'long.
trying to decide on action. Shquld
he telegraph the authorities a't Wash
ingtoh? No, secret service men
would be sent and he would be rob
bed of the glory of the capture of a
real war spy red-handed. T
With the morning came clear coun
seL Wilson decided to make the
sheriff his ally. But that official was
out of town and would not return
until evening. All day Wilson iiung
around, restless and excited. His
overstrained nerves found relief only
when he had captured the sheriff
when he arrived on the train, and
taking him aside, he revealed his
That functionary was quite as
stirred upas himself. Together they
proceededMn the direction of the
workshop. There was a light within
and Dixon was discernible at a work
"Make a rush with me and burst
in the door!" whispered the sheriff.
Just as they were getting ready for
their heroic onslaught, however, a
boy came running down the street
"Fire! Fire!" he yelled lustily.
"The office building up at the big
nrnrTrn la nil nH7(!"
The stirring announcement seem
ed to reach the worker inside the
sbop. He started, made a 'dash for
the basket containing the bombs, im
locked the door and rushed out
"Halt!" ordered the sheriff.
"We arrest you-1-" began Wilson.
But over in the mud he went, for
Dixon had given him a vigorous push.
He.evaded the' sheriff, who was Jsulky
and clumsy. Down the street dashed
Dixon, guided by a growing glow. He
turned a corner; to come in sight of
the big works, which belonged to the
father of Edna Rolfe.
A crowd had already gathered. The
office building was ablaze, 'and th'e
main structure hid caught in. two
"Stand aside!" orderedTDixon, and,
basket in .hand, "ran up plose to the