THE NEWS-HERALD, HILLSBORO, OHIO, THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 1914.
Copyright. 1913. by
If a literary miner were to ap
praise this story he would say
of it: ,
" pans out a big percentage
of thrills." J
There's "pay dirt" in this mys
tery story for every lover of an
exciting tale and an interesting
plot. It is one of the master
pieces of its author, who is a rec
ognized leader in the field of the
Round a beautifully inlaid cab- '
. , .. . ;, , a
inet dating from the days of,
Louis XTv. which stands in a
Fifth avenue mansion weaves a,
story of plot and counterplot,
mvsterv. susnense and surnrise. '
- .. . I
1.. fJnan.i J. we... tele, a t t. ..
porters, and the detective bu
reaus of New York and Paris are '
trying to unravel the intricately j
entangled clews. And the read- I
fr. inn. will an nlnrta vuith ihpm. I
. ,. j . uj 4uh
breathless and absorbed, getting
now a hint, again coming up)
against a blank wall, until, like i
them, he comes to the amazing
explanation. And the one who
baffles reporters, detectives and
readers is Crochard, the invinci
ble, a creation in detective fic
tion. I CHAPTER I.
The First Tragedy.
1 ELLO!" I said as 1 took down
the receiver of my desk
'phone in answer to the call.
"Is that jou. Lester?" ask-
?d Philip Vantine's voice.
"Yes. So you're back again!"
"Got In yesterday Can you come
up to the bouse and lunch with me to
"I'll be glad to," I said and meant
It, for I liked Philip Vantine.
"I'll look for you, then, about 1:30."
And that is bow U happened that an
hour later 1 was walking over toward
Washington square. Just above which,
on the avenue, the old Vantine man
sion stood. It was almost the last sur
vival of the old regime, for the tide of
business had long since overflowed
- tram the neighboring streets into the
Philip Vantine had been born in the
house where he still lived and declared
that be would die there. He had no
one but himself to please In the matter,
since be was unmarried and lived
alone, and he mitigated the increasing
roar and dust of the neighborhood by
long absences abroad.
Vantine was about fifty years af age,
the possessor of a comfortable fortune,
something of a connoisseur in art mat
ters, a collector of old furniture. His
reasons for remaining single in no way
concerned bis lawyers, a position
which our firm had held for many
years, and the active work of which
had come gradually into my hands
He came forward to meet me, and
ve shook bands heartily.
"It's plain to see that the trip did
you good." 1 said
"Yes," he agreed: "1 never felt more
fit. But come along; we cm talk at
table. There's a little difficulty 1 want
you to untangle for me."
I followed him upstairs to his study,
where a table laid for two had been
placed near a low window,
"I bad lunch served up here." Van
tine explained, as we sat down, "be
cause this Is the only really pleasant
Yoom left in the house."
He paused and glanced about the
lootn. Every piece of furniture In it
was tlie work of a master.
"I suppose you found some new
things while you were away?" I Bald.
"Yes and It's that I wanted to talk
to you about. I brought back six or
eight pieces. I'll' show them to you
presently. They are all pretty good,
and one Is a thing of beauty. It's
.more than that it's an absolutely
(unique work of art. Only, unfortu
nately, it isn't mine."
' "It isn't yours?"
I "No, and I don't know whose it is.
I'urton E. Stevensdn
I If 1 did. I'd co buy It. 'flint's what I
want you to do for we. It's u Boule
cabinet tile most exquisite 1 ever saw.
It eauie from Tails, mid It 'us ad
dressed to me. The only explanation
1 can think of is th.it my shippers at
Paris made a mistake, sent me a cabi
net belonging to some one else and
Bent mine to the other person."
"You had bought one. then?"
"Yes. and It hasn't turned up. But
beside this one it's a tneie daub. My
man Paiks got it thiough the customs
jesteiday. As theie was a Boule
cabinet on my muuifot, the mistake
wasn't dis(oeied until the whole lot
was brought up here and uncrated
..Werent t)lev 11L,!lted , tLe cus.
"So. I've been biluging things in
for a good' many years, and the ens-
toms people know I'm not a thief.
fl.mt. fn hn .irlil.i.l
he added, answering a tap
nt the door.
The door .opened and Vantine's man
"A gentleman to see you. sir," he
bald and handed Vantine a caul.
Vautine looked nt It a little blankly.
"J don't know him." he said. "What
does fae wantr
"He waiits to see .ou. sir-very bad.
should say. 1 think he's a French-
man, sir. Anyuaj. lie don't know
much English. Shall 1 show him out.
"No," said Vantine, after an instant's
hesitation. "Tell him to wait "
"I tell you. Lester." tie went on as
Parks withdiew "when I went down
stairs this morning and saw that cab
inet I could haidh bellme my eyes. 1
thought I knew liiniituie. but I hadn't
any idea such a cabinet existed. The
most beautiful I had ever seen is at
the Louvre. It stands in the Salle
Louis XIV., to the left as jou enter.
It belonged to Louis himself. Of
course I can't be .eitain without a
careful examination, but I believe that
cabinet, beautiful as It Is. is merely
the connterpait of this one."
He paused and looked at me, his
eyes bright with the enthusiasm of the
"Boule furniture." he continued. "Is
usually of ebony Inlaid with tortoise
shell and lncrusted with arabesques In
metals of rations kinds. The incrus
tation iiad to be very exact, and to
get It so the artist clamped together
two plates of equal se and thickness,
one of metal, the other of tortoise shell,
traced his design on the top one and
then cut them both out together. The
result was two combinations, the orig
inal, with a tortoise shell ground and
metal applications, and the counter
part, applique metal with tortoise shell
arabesques The original was really
the one which the nitlsf designed and
whose effects he studied. The coun
terpart was merely a resultant acci
dent, with which he was not especially
"Yes, I think so." I said.
"Well. It's the original which has the
real artistic value Of eouise the coun
terpart Is often beautiful, too. but In a
much lower degree."
"1 can understand that," I said,
"And now. Lester." Vantine went on,
his eyes .shining more and more, "if
my supposition Is correct, if the Grand
Louis was content with the counter
part of this cabinet for the long gnl
lery at Versailles who do you suppose
nwned the original?"
I saw what he was driving at.
"I believe it belonged to Mme. de
Montespan," lie said
"Iteally. Vnutlne." I exclaimed. "1
didn't know yon were so romantic.
You quite take tnj breath nwa.vl"
He flushed a little at the words, and
I saw how deeplj In earnest he was.
"The craze of the collector takes him
n long way sometimes." he said.
"What I want you to do Is to cable my
shippers. Armniid & Son. Rue du Tem
ple, find out who owns this cabinet
and buy it for tim
"Perhaps the owner won't sell."
"Oh. yes. he will! Anything can be
bought -for n price"
"You mean you're going tu have this
cabinet. whnte)er the cost?"
"I mean Just that."
"At least you'JI tell me where to be
gin." I said. "I don't know anything
of the value of such things."
"Well." said Vantine, "suppose you
begin at 10,000 frarics. W mustn't
scorn too eager. It's because I'm so
eager that 1 want you to carry it
through for me. I can't trust myself."
"And the other end?"
"There Isn't any other end. Of
course, strictly speaking, there Is, be
cause my money isn't unlimited, but I
don't believe you will havo to go over
"You mean you'ro willing to give
$100,000 for this cabinet?"
"Maybe a little more. If the owner
won't accept that you must let me
know before you break off negotia
tions. But come and see it"
Ho led the way out of tho room and
down the stairs, but when wo reached
the lower hall he paused.
'Terhaps I'd better see my visitor
first," he said. "You'll And a now plc
turo or two over there In the music
room. I'll bo with you In a minute."
I started on, and ho turned through
a doorway nt the left
An instant later I heard a sharp ex
clamation; then tils voice calling me.
"Lester, come hcrel" he cried.
I ran back along tho hall, into the
room which he had entered. He was
standing Just inside the door.
"Look here." he said, with a queer
cntehin his voico and pointed with a
trembling hand to a dark object on the
I moved uslde to see It better. Then
my heart gave a sickening throb, for
the object on the floor was the body of
It needed but a' glance to tell me
that the man was dead, There could
be no life in that livid face. In those
glassy eyes. We stood for a moment
shaken as one always Is by sudden and
unexpected contact with death.
"Who Is he?" I nsked at last
"I don't know," answered Vantine
hoarsely. "1 never saw him before."
Then he strode to the hell and rang It
violently. "Parks." he went on stern
ly as that worthy appeared at the door,
"what has been going on in here?"
"Going on. sir?" repeated Parks, with
a look of amazement
Then his glance fell upon the hud-
died body, and he stopped short his
eyes staring, his mouth open.
"Why why." lie stammered, "that's
the man who was waiting to see you,
"Yon mean he has been killed in this
house?" demanded Vantine.
"He wns certainly alive when he
came in. sir." said Parks, recovering
something of his self possession. "May
be he was just looking for a quiet
place where he could kill himself. He
seemed kind of excited." s
"Of course," agreed Vantine, with a
sigh of relief, "that's the explanation.
Only I wish he had chosen some place
else. I suppose we shall have to call
the police, Lester?"
"Yes," I said, "and the coroner. Sup
pose you leave It to me. We'll lock
up this room, and nobody must leave
the house until the police arrive."
"Very well." assented Vantine. visi
bly relieved. "I'll see to that," and
he hastened away, while I went to the
phone, called up police headquarters
and told briefly what had happened.
Twenty minutes later there was a
ring at the bell, and Parks opened tbe ,
door and admitted four men. I
"Why. hello. Slmmonds!" I said, rec
ognizing In the flist one a detective
The Man Was Dead.
sergeant. Back of him was Coroner
Goldberger.-whom I had met In two
nl-OVlnilU ihkuh nrhllo the. H,rA nnnntn.
previous cases, while the third counte
nance, looking at me with a quizzical
smile, was that of Jim Godfrey, tho
Record's star reporter. The fourth
man was a nollcemnn In uniform, who
at a word from Slmmonds took his
station at the door ,
"What Is It?" asked Godfrey. ,
"Just a suicide. I think." and I un-
locked tbe door Into the room where
the dead man lay.
Slmmonds, Goldberger and Godfrey
I followed uud'closed
tho door, I
"Nothing has been disturbed." I said.
"No one has touched the body."
Slmmonds nodded and glanced In
quiringly about tbe room, but God- i
frey's eyes . I noticed, were on the face
of the dead man. Goldberger dropped
tv, M.u UMl.1.0 1-W.IUC IUC trfJ , IfUIklJU
Into the eyes ind touched his fingers
to the left wrist Then he stood erect
again and looked down at the body,
and as I followed his gaze I noted itfl
s-s, r 'y.Mnnnm.
nttltr.de more accurately than I had
,ono m yla jjr8t 8Uoek of dlscover-
It was lying on Its right side, half
on its stomach, with Its right arm dou
bled under it and Its left hand clutch
ing nt the floor above Its bead. Tho
knees wcro drawn up as though In n
convuisioni nud the fnco wn8 horrlbiy
contorted, with a sort of purple tinge
under the skin, as though the blood had
been suddenly congealed. The eyes
were wide open, and their glassy stare
added not a little to the apparent ter-
ror nnd suffcri,lg of tuo fnce.
The coroner glanced at Slmmonds.
"Not much question as to the cause,"
he said. "Poison, of course."
"Of course," nodded Slmmonds.
"But what kind?" nsked Godfrey.
"It will take a postmortem to tell
that" and Goldbergcr bent for another
close look at the distorted face. "I'm
free to admit the symptoms aren't the
I told all I knew how Parks had
announced a man's arrival, how Van
tine and I bad come downstairs to
gether, how Vantine had called mo
and Anally how Parks had identified
tho body as that of tho strange caller.
"How long a time elapsed after
Parks announced the man before you
and Mr. Vantine came downstairs?"
"Half an hour perhaps."
"Let's have Parks in," he said.
I opened the door and called to
Parks, who was sitting on tho bottom
step of the stair.
Goldberger looked him over careful
ly os he stepped Into the room, but
there could bo no two opinions about
Parks. He had been with Vantine for
eight or ten years, and the earmarks
of the competent nnd faithful servant
were apparent all over him.
"Do you know this man?" Gold
berger asked, with a gesture toward
"No, sir," said Parks; "I never sow
hlra till about an hour ago, when
Rogers called me downstairs and said
there was-n man to see Mr. Vantine."
"Who Is Rogers?"
"He's the footman, sir. He answer-
ed thp door when tbe man rang ,.
"Well, nnd then what happened?"
"I took his card up to Mr. Vantine,
"Did Mr. Vantine know him?"
"No, sir; he wanted to know what
"What did he want?"
"I don't know, sir. He couldn't
speak English hardly at all. He was
1 French. 1 think. He was so excited
,tbat he ottldn't remember what llttlo
'English be did know."
"What made you think he was ex
cited?" "The way he stuttered and the way
his eyes glinted. After Mr. Vantine
said be would see him presently Rog
ers and me went back to our lunch."
"Do you mean to say that you and
Rogers went away and left this
, stranger here by himself?"
"The servants' dining room Is right
at the end of the hall. sir. We left the
door open. If he'd come out into the
hall we'd have seen him."
"And he didn't come' out Into tho
hall while you were there?"
"Did anybody come In?"
"Ob, no. sir; the front door has a
snap lock. It can't be opened from tho
outside without a key."
"So you are perfectly sure that no
one either entered or left the bouse
by the front door while you and Rog
ers were sitting there?"
"Nor by the back door cither, sir; to
get out tbe back way, you have to pass
through the room where we were."
"Where were the other servants?"
''The cook was In the kitchen, sir.
This Is the housemaid's afternoon out"
Tho coroner paused. Godfrey and
Slmmonds bad both listened to this In
terrogation. "What Is the room yonder used for?"
asked Godfrey, pointing to the connect
"It's a sort of storeroom Just now,
sir," said Parks. "Mr. Vantine Is Just
back from Europe, and we've been un
packing in there some of tho things
he bought while abroad."
"Send in Mr. Vantine, please," said
Parks went out. and Vantine came in
a moment later, ne corroborated ex
actly the story told by Parks and my
self, but he added one detail.
"Here Is the man's card," he sold,
and held out a square of pasteboard.
It contained a single engraved line;
"M. Theophllo D'AureUe."
"lie's French, as Parks suggested,"
said Godfrey. "That's evident, too,
from the cut of his clothes."
Yes and from the cut of bis hair,"
ddI Goldberger. ''You say you didn't
Know mm. wr. vantine
"1 IlOVer bcfOrO S8W
never before saw him. to my
knowledge." answered Vantine. "The
name Is wholly unknown to me."
"Well," said Goldberger. taking pos-
session of the card and slipping It into
M l'001- "8UPP"8e we lift hlra on to
Umt coucu by tlle window and take
',ok throuBu 1,,a ,??w" ;"
'rl,e m?D waR lightly built, so that
,s"un,onds llI,(1 Goldberger ra sed the
body between them without difficulty
?n1 ,"laced " on W u,ch ' Goa'
III;.? f (J,yim hl-iii viiiii luir i il '( V
"What I should like to know." he
said nfter a moment. "Is this: If this
fellow took poison what did he take It
out of? Where's the paper or bottle
or whatever It was?"
Maybe It's In his band," suggested
(Slmraondflf nnd fted tbl bnnd
w))U.b hxmg trn,nK over tbo 8,de of
Then as be raised 1$ Into the light a
sharp cry burst from him.
"Look here!" he said, and held the
hand so that we alt could see.
(To be Continued)
Jan. 5, 1014.
Rev. Dresch commenced a series of
protracted meetings at the M. E.
church at Dodsonvlllo Sunday night.
J. L. DeLanoy and wife and daugh
ter and J. A. McAdow visited Charles
Richards and wife, at Hillsboro, Tues
day. Joe Decker and wife entertained
relatives from Wilmington last week.
H. B. Galliett and daughter, Hazel,
wore in Hillsboro Saturday.
Mrs. Wm. Cleveland visited tho
Dewey family, at Blanchester, Tues
day. H. S. Pulse and wife and Jesse Allen
left Monday for Florida.
Mrs. Oscar Smith, of Milford is
visiting at the Penqulte home.
Chas. Day, of Blanchester, was with
Clarence Dean and wife, Thursday.
Wm. Dumenll and wife visited their
daughter, Mrs. Clark Ogden, at Hills
Wm. Chaney, of the Soldiers Homo
in Sandusky, visited his son, Alf, and
family, last week.
Courtland Miller returned to Indi
anapolis Saturday, after spending the
vacation with his mother.
Mrs. E. O. Myers shopped in Cincin
Thompson Hendrlckson is reported
to be very sick.
The Ladies Aid of tho M. E. church
will give a chicken pie supper on
Thursday evening at 5 o'clock in the
building formerly occupied by the
Mrs. Frank Goddard and daughter
shopped In Cincinnati Friday.
Russell Simpson and wife and son,
of New "Vienna, spent Friday with U.
B. Galliett and family.
Thomas Berry, of theO. S. U., spent
Sunday with Hulltt Troth.
At the meeting of the B. of P. A. on
Thursday evening U. "G. Pence was
elected president, H. B. Galliett secre
tary, W. A. Saylor, collector and O.
W. Morrow, superintendent.
George Penqulte, and son, Jack, of
Blanchester, spent Sunday with Earl
Penqulte and wife.
Miss Nelle DeLanoy is visiting Rev.
C. C. Peale and family, at Bellefon
talne, this week.
Rev. McMurray and family are
moving into tho Joe Smith property.
Al Feike and family returned Friday
from a visit at Bridgeport, 111.
Chas. Ingersol and family returned
to Madisonvllle Sunday, after a visit
vvjth David Simpkins and wife.
An effort Is being made by the In
dustrial Club to establish a newspaper
at this place. The linal arrangements
will be made Wednesday evening at
the club room.
J. A. Kesler and family now occupy
a pari of the Boosveld residence, Clar
ence Pickerel having purchased the
house vacated by Mr. Kesler.
Miss Dorothy Faris spent the first
of the week with her father, L. L.
Faris, at Columbus.
Mrs. Stella Srofe and children re
turned to Leesburg Monday, after a
weeks visit with relatives.
I Dr. Garner and wife spent New
Years with his sister, Mrs. Robert
. Haines, at Blanchester.
Miss Norlne DeLaney returned to
Oxford Wednesday. Her parents ac
companied her as far as Cincinnati.
Mrs. Yada Ruse spent the holidays
with relatives at Farmer's Station.
Mrs. Grant Thompson was with
friends in Cincinnati last week.
I C. E. Haller and wife returned home
Saturday evening, after spending the
vacation with his parents at Taylors
ville. Robert Grisham and family enter
tained with a family dinner on New
Mrs. G. O. Puckett and daughters,
of Prospect, are with Dr. Archer and
wife. Mrs. Archer is recovering from
'her recent illness.
I Marian DeLaney spent part of last
week with Blanchester friends.
Harold McLean, of Covington, Ky.,
was with his aunt, Mrs. Wm. Cleve
land, a part of last week.
Mr. Carr, of Wellston, visited his
daughter, Mrs. Geo. Smith, last week.
Floyd Sonner, of Columbus., spent
Sunday with his parents, M. E. Son
ner and wife.
Samuel Hoggett, of Detroit, III.,
and Mrs. Rose nerrick, of Bromley,
Ky , are visiting Dr. J. T. Gibson and
Miss Grace Hyatt, of Martinsville,
visited her friend, Miss Bessie Hunter,
the latter part of last week.
W. L. Stautner and wife, V. O. Dun-
canson and wife, Ferd Ratcllff and
wife, O. B. Linton and wife, H. N.
j Henderson and wife, Frank Terrell
' and wife and H. B. Galliett and wife
i received invitations to he the guests
! of Dr and Mrs. W. n. McAdow at
their beautiful home on Short street
on Wednesday evening, Dec. 3L The
remainder of the old year was spent
in names, literary contests and music
Delightful refreshments were served.
At the hour of Vl2 the company dls
persed to their homes each wishing
the other a Happy New Year.
January 5, 1014.
Miss Ethol Fettro, who has been
spending a few weeks at the home of
u. u. uarman, leit Saturday for net
home in Chicago.
Mrs. Ruth Browning spent part of
last week with frlonds at Batnbridge.
A daughter was born tot)liver Hoop
and wife last Tuesday night.
Miss Mai'y S. Cameron was tho
guest of her sister, Mrs? Guy Wilkin,
at Marshall, last week, returning
Master Thomas Badgley, who has
been conflned to his homo for several
weeks with a sprained ankle, Is able
to be out again
Our public schools reonen this morn
ing after a ten dajs vacation.
The W. C. T. U. will hold their reg
ular meetlntr on Tuesdav afternoon of
next week at the home of Mrs. Thos.
Dr. O. R. Eylar was oil dutv Dart of
last week on account of sickness.
Misses Josle Spargur and Grace
Glenn, of Columbus, who have been .
visiting homo folks dnrlmr the holl-"
days, have returned to their respec
The M. E. Sunday School at this
place has an nnusual record for .the
past year, Iflfty pupils having nerer
missed a service in that time.
Mica Ptara Pllloa will antarfnln ff-Via
Ladles' Aid Society on Thursday af
ternoon. George Free and family spent Sun
day at the home of his brother near
Miss Grace Watts was sick last
Pearl Seaman and Miss Agnes Elli
son, of; Greenfield, were united in
marriage ,'at the M. E. Parsonage here
last Tuesday afternoon by Rev. W.
E. Shrlver, who is a cousin of the
The M. E. Sunday School has reor
ganized and elected the following of
ficers : Superintendent, A. G. Cam
eron ; Assistant Superintendent,
Percy Knedler ; Secretary, Kathryn
Harrington ; Assistant Secretary,
Herbert Glenn ; Organists, Grace
Coleman and Josle Spargur ; Libra
rians, Leone Shrlver and Blanch Mc
January 5, 1914.
Mrs. Ella Weaver, of Ripley, was
the guestjof Mrs. Chas. Wright re
cently. Mrs. KateRosselott has returned to
her home after an extended visit with
her daughter at Warren.
Mrs. Wm. Scott, of Cincinnati, "was
the NewYear's guest of Mrs. Beard,
and slster,Mlss Mary Jones.
ClarenceJBalser, of Cincinnati, was.
the guestlof Lhis cousin, Otis Balser,
during the holidays.
Rev. C. J. Kelch, of Cincinnati, was
a New Year's caller at this place.
Dr. H. B. Holden will be at Dr.
Matthews office January 20th and 21st.
The Pricetown I. O. O. F. Lodge
was largely Jrepresented at this place
Prof. W. H. Vance and wife, of
Hillsboro,; attended the lecture here
Wednesday eve. Dr. Elmer Miller
spoke to a;well filled house. Subject
"India" where he labored seven years
not only as alphyslcian but as a min
ister of the gospel. He and his wife
will leavejhere this week for Lexing
ton, whereltheyj are attendldg school
prior to theirreturn to that country.
The officers of tho Christian En
deavor Socletyiof the Christian Church
elected last Friday evening were as
follows : President, Russel Varley ;
1st Vice President, Raymond Vance ;
Secretary, Eva Foust ; Assistant Sec
retary, Alta Puckett ; Treasurer, Ma
bel Davis;IOrganist, Marie Weaver ;
Assistant) Organist, Addle Martin ;
L. Hunter and daughter, Mis
Blanch, of Marshall, were the guests
of his mother,Mrs. A. J. Tolle, over
Saturday and Sundav.
S. A. Lyons died at his home here
last Friday morning. Mr. Lyons had
been a great sufferer for the past 20
years with a complication of diseases.
Some tlmes'.bls suffering was unbeara
ble, but the ending came calm and
peaceful. Funeral.service today at 10
a. m. at the Christian Church, con
ducted by his Ipastor, Rev. Wllklns ;
Interment at Mt. Zlon.
John Belty is very sick.
An oyster and Ice cream supper will
be given by the Sunshine Society of
the M. E. Church Saturday evening,
Jan. 10. A nice musical program will
bo given throughout the entire even
ing. Come and enjoy a social time.
"If there were tour flies on a table
and I killed one, how many would be
left?" Inquired a teacher.
"One," answered a bright littlejglrj,
"the dead one.".-Sacrod Heart Record.
"Walter," said the GJoom, who had
waited 15 minutes for his soup, "have
you ever been to the zoo ?"'
"No, sir ?"
"Well, you ought to go. You'd en
joy watching the tortoise whiz past."
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