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UNDER FALSE COLORS
By George Elmer Cobb
(Copyright, 1917, W. G. Chapman.)
"You sneak! You spy!" exclaimed
He had been sitting at a writing
table in his hotel room, fumbling
nervously with a glass paper weight.
With the words spoken he let fly at
a small framed photograph of him
self hanging on the opposite wall.
Rage and contempt were in his
tones. The picture glass shattered
and the frame fell to the floor. He
sprang to his feet, gave the wreck a
kick and paced up1 and down the
room, red and furious with emotion.
Then he cooled down, but savage
ly. A letter lay on the table. He tore
open its envelope. Inclosed was a
check for $50 and a single line:
"You are doing well. Keep it up."
The letter head was that of a city
detective agency and Willis was its
legalized representative, for he wore
a star of authority on his vest lapel
and in his pocket was a warrant for
the apprehension of one Sidney.
By profession Willis was not a de
tective. He was less than an ama
teur, in fact, and had no heart in the
business to which circumstances had
. forced him. A chief clerk in the of
fice of a firm of leading lawyers, he
had been pressed into service at the
suggestion of the detective concern
which did the secret-service business
of the firm.
"There's young Willis," the chief
of the agency had remarked. "Bright,
young; he will enjoy the vacation.
Give him one; we'll post him and put
him on the Clare case. He's just the
fellow to discover the quarry we're
after and we'll pay him welL"
The chief explained to Willis what
there was to do. It was a case of
embezzlement. Sidney Clare, a
young clerk, had been suspected and
charged with the crime, but had dis
appeared. The amount missing rep- j
resented several thousand dollars. IV
was known that young Clare had
been listening at a half-open door
while the heads of the firm were dis
cussing their discoveries and decid
ing what course they would take.
Later, when they sought him, he was
nowhere about and he had evidently
left the city.
The detective agency was given
the case. The, head had sent men
out, but no trace of the fugitive had
Red and Furious With Emotion
been discovered. The case was giv
en no publicity for the.present, as the
firm hoped to recover some of the
missing money.' Then they would
prosecute the culprit.
The detective head had an idea
in mind. The Clare 'people lived at
the quiet little town of Durham. It
was altogether probable that the
family might receive some word from
"Go down there in your natural