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"I want I wealth, of a large sum of money by
drugging him. She had been in an
English prison and had come to the
United States as a. new fleldfor fur
ther victims. Her methods were giv
en in detail, her description perfect
ly outlined, even to a tiny scar on
the lobe of one ear.
Overton arose to his feet rigid, his
eyes fixed on the volume lying open
with the photograph of a regally
beautiful woman looking up at him.
Then he drew from his pocket its
counterpart, more recent of taking
though it was, there ,could be no
donbt that the portraits were on one
and the same woman.
The one he had taken fronv his
pocket fell from his nerveless hand.
He allowed it to lie unheeded at his
feet. A white horror was in his face
and he acted as though impelled by
some automatic force. He drew the
check the judge had given him from
his pocket, placed it on the table,
r proceeded noiselessly to the hallwav
entrance to the apartments, selected
his overcoat and left the. place.
Jifdge Hampden was lost in amaze
ment when he returned. His friend
was gone. He questioned the serv
ant, but the latter had not witnessed
the departure of Overton. Then the
Judge noticed that the hat of his
guest was gone from the hall tree.
It was when the judge discovered
the photograph which Overton had
unconsciously left behind him and
noticed the record book open at its
counterpart -that his keen judicial
skill was called into action. The
abandoned check, the sudden depart
ure of Overton showed that some
vast, startling impulse had swayed
him to sudden action not anticipated.
T?he- judge forced a ready theory
and it was the correct one. Over
ton, the man of probity, had in some
mysterious way come under the siren
influence of Cora Durand. Perhaps
wearied of a nagging, loveless wife
he had desperately determined to
get what money he could and fly
for .robbing an admirer a man- otl with the clever adventuress. The aw
'Tes," nodded his guest
you to loan me $10,000."
"Certainly," bowed the judge. He
was somewhat surprised at the large
size of the amount, but he instantly
drew out his. check book and foun
tain pen. "There you are, Overton,"
he added lightly. "Now to have an old
time friendly talk with you."
A spasm indefinable crossed Over
ton's face. The devotion, the confi
dence expressed in the act of the
judge seemed to touch him deeply.
Not a reference did his considerate
friend make to the use intended fpr
tlje money, to security, repayment.
Absolute trust was indicated.
"I want to arrange for your room,
Overton," spoke Hampden, as, after
an hour's chat, he arose from the
He led Overton into his little libra
ry and saw him ensconced in its eas
iest chair. "I shan't be gone long.
Meantime, .entertain yourself. There
are magazines and see here, did I
ever show you my record book? All
the cases on which I have p'assed.
There are some famous ones there.
Sort of fad of mine to keep full par
ticulars." The judge placed a heavy, thick
book on a little stand before his
guest. The latter turned over its
pages indifferently at first As the
judge had said, the book contained
the photographs, the criminal record
and the life history of those who
from time to time had come before
him on trial.
Overton turned over the pages
casually. Some of the cases were
noted ones and he recalled, their
newspaper publicity in the' past
"Suppressed" read a sheet lightly
laid over a heavier one. As he re
moved." the first he sat bolt upright as
though driven thus by some, sudden
electric shock. '
His face ashen, his eyes haunted
with a"devastating fear and horror,
he read of the private arrest of Cora
Durandr 25, adventuress, arrested
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