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uraay looked at uoiaoerger in a way
which indicated Unit lie tuougnt lie
was talking too much, and the coroner
stopped abruptly. A moment later all
four men left the bouse.
Dr. Hughes lingered for a last word.
"The undertaker had better be
called," he said. "1 can send hlin
around on my way home."
I thanked him for assuming this un
pleasant duty. As the door closed be
hind him I heard a step on the stair
and turned to see Godfrey calmly de
"I came In n few minutes ago." he
explained. In answer to my look, "and
have been glancing around upstairs.
Nothing there. How did our friend
Grady got along?"
"Fairly well, but If he guesses any
thing his face didn't show It."
"He's a stupid ignoramus."
"Ob. come. Godfrey, I protested.
"you're prejudiced. He went right to
the point. Do joii know Rogers' sto-
, "About the woman? Certainly.
Rogers told It to me before Grady ar-1
rived. Grady has heard nil the evi
dence, but does he know who that
woman was?" '
"Of course not," I said, and then I
looked at him. "Do you mean that I
you do? Then I'm an ignoramus
"My dear Lester," protested God-1
frey, "you are not a detectie. That's
not your business, but It is Grady's.
At least, it Is supposed to be. On the
strength of It he has been made deputy
police commissioner, In charge of the
"Then you mean that you do know
who she was?"
"I'm pretty sure I do. That ls"what
I came back to prove. Wheie's Rog
ers?" "I'll ring for him," I said and did so,
nnd presently he appealed. "Mr. God
frey wishes to speak to you," I said.
"We'd better give him his instruc
tions about the reporters first thing,
hadn't we. Lester?" he inquired.
"Which reporters?" I queried.
"All the otheis, of course. They
will be storming this house, Rogers,
Rogeri, Clutching Wildly at His Col
lar, Spun Half Around.
before long. You will meet them at
the door; you will refuse to admit one
of them; you will tell them that there
Is nothing to be learned here nnd that
they must go to the police. Is that
"Yes, Ulysses." I agreed, smiling.
"And now." continued Godfrey,
watching Rogers keenly, "I have a
photograph here that I "want you to
look at. Did you ever see that person
before?" and he handed a print to Rog
ers. The latter hesitated an instant and
then took the print with a trembling
band. Stark fear was In his eyes
again. Then slowly he raised the print
to the light and glanced at it
"Catch him. Lester!" Godfrey cried
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Burton E. Stevenson
una sprang fnrwnid
Kor Itoirprs. rlutchln uli.iiv :,t hi, i
collar, snun half around and fell with .
"Get some wit M-. quick!''
commanded shui-pl as Paiks came
running up. "Rogers 1ms been taken
And then, as 1'aiUs sped down the
hall again, I saw Godfrey loosen the
collar of the unconscious man and be
gin to chafe his temples fiercely.
"I hope it Isn't apoplexy." he niut-
( tered. "I oughtn't to have shocked
him like that."
I At the words I remembered and.
stooping, picked up the photograph
which hnd fluttered from Rogers'
! nerveless Augers And then I. too.
littered a smolheied exclamation as I
I gazed at the dark eyes, the full llpn.
the oval face the face which D'Aurelle
. had carried In his watch!
UT it wasn't apoplexy. It was
Parks who reassured us when
he came hurrying back a min
ute later with a glass of water
In one band and a small phial In the
"He has these spells." he said. "It's
a kind of vertigo. Gi'e him a whifl
of this. He'll be all right pretty soon,
though I ueer saw him quite so bad."
"We can't leave him lying here on
the floor," said Godftey,
"There's a couch scat In the music
loom," Parks .suggested, and the three
of us bore the still unconscious man
Then Godfrey and I sat down and
waited while he gasped his way back
"Though he can t really tell us j
much," Godfrey observed "In fact. I
doubt If he'll be willing to tell any
thing. But his face, when he looked
I at the picture, told us all we need to
I Thus reminded. I took the photo
Rraph out of the pocket into which I
' had slipped It and looked at It again.
I "Where did ou tret It?" I asked.
"The police photographer made some
copies This is -e of them."
"Rut what ii., V vim suspect that tin
two women weic the -nine?"
"I dou'l Just know." answered God
frey rollcctlvclj . "They were both
French, and ltogei -.poke of the red
11ns: somehow It seemed iiiobable
' Hello nut' friend Is coming around
now do you feel?"
"Pretty weak." Itogers answered, -il
i most In a whisper "What sent i-
off?" Then his face turned purple,
and I thought he was going off again.
But after a moments heavy breathing
he lay quiet. "I remember now." he
wild. "Let my see th.it pictuie again."
I passed it to him. Ills baud was
trembling so he could hardly take it.
but I saw he was struggling desperate
ly to control himself.
"Do you know her?" Godfrey asked.
"Never .saw her before," Rogers mut
tered. "When 1 tirst looked at her 1
thought 1 knew her, but It ain't the
"Do you mean to say." Godfrey de
manded sternly, "that that is not the
woman who called oii Mr. Vantine to
night?" Again Rogers shook his head.
"Ob-no," he protested; "it's not the
same woman at all. This one Is
Godfrey made no reply, but he sat
down and looked at Rogers, and Rog
ers lay and gazed at the picture, and
gradually his face softened as though
at tome tender memory.
"Come. Rogers." I urged at last;
"you'd better tell us all you know. If
this is the woman don't hesitate to
Ba:LB0' . i . i get the cot up at once."
"I've to'd you nil I know. Mr. Les- .hore j8 one tb,ug mor ,. t wcnt
ter, ' said Rogers, but he did not meet on, .! uave given the coroner my per
ray eyes. "And I'm feeling pretty sonal assurance that none of tho serv
bad. I think I'd better be getting to ants wnj leave j nouao untlI arter
"Yes, that's best'' agreed Godfrey
promptly. "Parks will help you," and
he held out his baud for the photo
graph. Rogers relinquished it with evident
reluctance "Good night gentlemen."
be said weakly and shuffled away,
leaning heavily on Parks shoulder.
"Well!" said I. looking at Godfrey.
"He's lying, of course. We've go to
find out why he's lying and bring it
noine to him. Out It's getting Into. 1
must get down to tho office.. One
word, Lester bo suro Rogers docsnt
give you tho slip." .
I "I'll have blm looked after." I prom
ised. "But I fancy he'll bo afraid to
run away. Besides, It Is possible he's
J telling tho truth. I don't believe any
woman had anything to do with either
"Who did. then?" asked Godfrey.
"You mean they both suicided in that
"No. It wasn't suicide they were
killed but not by a human being at
least, not directly." I felt that I was
floundering hopelessly and stopped. "I
can't tell you now. Godfrey." I plead
ed. "I haven't had time to think It
out. You've got enough for one day."
"Yes," he smiled: "I've got enough
for one day. And now goodby. Per
hdps I'll look In on-you nbout midnight,
on my way home, if I get through by
I was already longing for bed and
thorn rpmnliipd "Ho much to he done.
But he. after a day which I knew had
been a hard one. and with a many col
umn story still to write, was apparent
ly as fresh and eager as 6ver.
"AH right." 1 agreed. "If you see a
light, come up. If there Isn't any light
v I'll be In bed. and I'll kill you If you
I wake me."
"Conditions accepted." he laughed,
as I opened the door for him.
Parks Joined me as I turned 'back
Into the house after Godfrey left.
"1 got Rogcis to bed. sir." he said.
"He'll be all right In the morning.
uut ues a uucl"
"now long have you known Mm.
"He's been with Mr. Vantine about
five years. I don't know much about
him. He's a silent kind of fellow,
keeping to hlssclf a good deal and
sort of brooding over things. But he
did his work all right, except once In
a while when he keeled over like he
"Parks." I said suddenly. "I'm going
to ask you a question, You know
that Mr. Vantine was a friend of mine,
ami I thought a great deal of him.
Now, what with this story Jtogcrs tells
and one or two other things, there is
talk of a woman. Is there any foun
dation for talk of that kind?"
"No, sir," said Parks emphatically.
"I've been Mr. Vantlne's valet for
elght years and more, and in all that
time be has never been mixed up with
a woman In any shape or form. I al
ways fancied he'd hived a lady who
"Thank you. Parks," I said with a
sigh of relief. "I've been through so
much today that I felt I couldn't en
dure that. And now"
"Beg pa i don. sir." said a voice at
my elbow. "We have everything
I turned with a start to see a little,
clean shaven man.
"The undertaker'e assistant, sir," ex
plained Parks, seeing my look of as
tonishment. "He came while you and
Mr. Godfrey were In the music room." i
"Where shall we put the body, sir?"
asked the man.
"Why not leave it where It is?" I
"Very good, sirj' said he. and pres
ently the undei taker and his assistant
took themselves off. to my intense re
"And uow. Parks," I began, "there Is
something I want to say to you. Let
o somewhere and sit down."
"Suppose we go up to the study, sir.
You're looking regularly done up. If
you'll permit me to say so, sir."
A few minutes later we were sitting
opposite each other In the room where
Vantine and I had sat not many
hours before. 1 liked Parks, and I felt
he could be trusted. At any rate. 1
had to take the risk.
"Now. Parks." I began again, "whut
1 have to say to you Is very serious,
and I want you to keep It to yourself.
I know that you were devoted to Mr.
Vantine I may as well tell you thai
he has remembered you In his will. I
am sure you are willing to do any
thing in your power to help solve the
mystery jf his death. I have a sort of
idea how his death came about. The
mystery, whatever It Is, is iu the ante
room where tho bodies were found or
in the loom next to it where the furni
ture is, Now, I am going to lock up
those rooms, and I want you to see
that nobody enters them without your
"Not very likely t'hat auybody will
want to enter them, sir." and Parks
laughed a grim little laugh.
"I am not so sure of that," I dis
sented, speaking very seriously. "In
fact, I am of the opinion that there Is
somebody who wants to enter those
rooms very badly. I am going to make
It your business to, keep blm out and
to capture him If you catch him trying
to get In."
"Trust me for that, sir," said Parks
promptly. "What is it you want me
"I want you to put a cot In the hall
way outside the door of the anteroom
and sleep there tonight. Tomorrow I
will decide what further precautions
"Very good, sir." said Parkii. "I'll
. flip, inrmosfr- T' nnnnnRA I rnn rplv nn
, the Inquest.
"Oh, yes, sir. I'll see they under
stand how important it Is."
"Rogers, especially," I added, looking
"I understand, sir." said Parks.
"Very well. And now let us go
down and lock up those rooms,"
They were still ablaze with light but
both of us faltered a little, I think, on
the threshold of the .autaroona. for In
the middle of tho floor stood a stretcher,
and on It wAiian object covered with a
sheet, its outlines horribly suggcstiyo.
But 1 took myself in hand and en
tered. Parks followed mo and closed
Tho anteroom had two windows, and
tho room beyond, which was a corner
one. had three. All of them wero
locked, but a pane of glass seemed to
mo an absurdly fragile barrier against
any one who really wished to enter.
"Aren't there some wooden shutters
for these windows?" I asked.
"Yes, sir; they were taken down yes
terday and put in the basement. Shall
I get them?"
"I think you'd better," I said. "Will
you need nny help?"
"No. sir; they're not heavy. If you'll
waif here, you can snap tho bolts into
pla'ce whei I lift them up from the
"Very well." I agreed, and Parks hur
I entered the inner room nnd stop
ped before tho Boulo cabinet. Thero
was c certain nir of arrogance about
it, as it stood there In that blaze of
light; something threatening, too;
something sinister and deadly
There was a rattle at tho window,
and 1 snw Parks lifting one of the
shutters into place. I threw up the
sash, and pressed tho heavy bolts care
fully into their sockets, then closed
tho sash and locked it. The two other
windows were secured In their turn,
and with a last look about the room,
I turned out the lights. The anteroom
windows were soon shuttered In the
same way. Then, before extinguish
ing the lights I approached that silent
figure on tho stretcher, lifted the sheet
and looked for the last time upon the
face of my dead friend. It was no
longer staring and terrible, but calm
I Pressed the Heavy Bolts Carefully
Into Their Sockets.
and peaceful as In sleep almost smil
ing. With wet eyes and contracted
throat, I covered the face again, turn
ed out the lights and left the room.
A sudden thought occurred to me.
"Parks," 1 said. "Is It true that there
is a burglar alarm on all tbe win
dows?" "Yes, sir. It rings u bell in Mr. Van
tlne's bedroom and another in mine
and sends In a call to the police."
"Why didn't It work when I opened
those windows Just now?" I demanded
"Because I threw off tbe switch, sir,"
he explained, "wjien I came out to get
the shutters. The switch is in a little
iron box on the wall Just back of the
stairs, sir. It's one of my duties to
turn It on every night before I go
I breathed a sigh of relief.
"Is It on again, now?"
"It certainly Is. sir. After what you
told me I'd not be likely to forget It."
"You'd better have a weapon bandy, '
too," I suggested.
"I have a revolver, sir."
"That's good. And don't hesitate to
use it I'm going home. I'm dead
"Shall I call a cab, sir?"
"No; the walk will do me good. I'll
see you tomorrow."
The walk uptown did me good. It
was long past midnight when I finally
turned in at the Marathon. Hlgglns,
tho Janitor, was Just closing the outer
doors, and he Joined mo-lrt the elevator
a moment later.
"There's a gentleman waiting to see
you, sir," he said as the car started
upward. "Mr. Godfrey, sir. Ho came
In about ten minutes ago. He said
you were expecting him, so I let him
Into yoir rooms."
I found Godfrey lolling in nn easy
chair, and be looked up with a smile
at my entrance.
"How do you keep It up, Godfrey?"
I asked, sitting down opposite htm.
"You don't seem tired nt all."
"I am tired, though," he said, "a lit
tle. But I've got a fool brain thnt
won't let my liody go to sleep so long
as there Is work to be done. Besides,
I havo a thing or two to tell you."
"Go ahead," I said.
"Wo liad u cable from our Paris of
fice Just before I left. It seems that
M. Theorihllo D'Aurelle plays the -fiddle
In the orchestra of tho Cafe do Paris.
He played as usual tonight so that It
Is manifestly Impossible that ho should
also bo' lying In tbe New York morgue.
Moreover, none of bis friends, so far
as he knows, is in America. No douot
he may be able to identify tho photo
graph of tho dead man, and we've al-
ready started one on the way. but we
can't hear from It for six or eight days.
But my guess was right tho fellow's
name Isn't D'Aurelle."
"You say you havo n photograph?"
"Yes; I had some taken of tho body
this afte'rnoon. Here's one of them.
Keep It You may have a use for It"
I took tho card, and. as I gazed at
tho face depicted upon It I realized
that the distorted countenanco I had
seen In tho afternoon had given me
no ideh of the man's appeurance. Now
the eyes were closed and tho features
composed and peaceful, but even death
failed to give them any dignity. It
was a weak and dissipated face, the
faco of a banger on of cafes, of a loit
erer along the boulevards.
"I don't see what business be could
have had with Philip Vantine," I said.
"Neither do I; but no doubt wo can
establish tills fellow's Identity In time
sooner than we think, perhaps, for
most of the morning papers will run
his picture, and If he is known here In
New York at nil, It will be recognized
by some one. When we find out who
he is, we can probably gticss at the
nature of his business with Vantine.
We can find out who the woman was
who called to see Vantine tonight that
Is Just a case of grilling Rogers; then
we can run her down and get her se
cret out of her. We can find why Rog
ers is trying to shield her. All that is
comparatively simple. But wo don't
want to know these things. What we
want to know is how Philip Vantine
and this unknown Frenchman were
killed. And that is Just the ond thing
which, I am convinced, neither the
man nor the woman nor Rogers nor
anybody else we have come across In
this case can tell us. There's a per
sonality behind all this that we haven't
even suspected yet. nnd which, I am
free to confess. I don't know how to
"Godfrey." I said, "what I am about
to tell you Is told In confidence, and
must be held In confidence until I give
you permission to use it. Do you
"Go on." he said, his eyes on my
"Well, I believe I know how these
two men were killed. Listen."
And I told hinMn detail the story of
tho Boule cabinet I repeated Van
tine's theory of Its first ownership; I
named the price which he- was ready
to pay for It: I described the difference
between an original and a counterpart
and dwelt upon Vantlne's assertion
that this wus nn original of unique nnd
"Beautiful!" Godfrey murmured from
time to time. "Immense! What a
case It will make. Lester!" he cried.
"Then you see It too?" I questioned.
"See It?" and he dropped Into his
chair again. "A man would bo blind
not to see It But all the same, Lester,
I give you credit for putting the facts
Guesses at the Riddle.
ERE are the facts of our
case." and Godfrey checked
them off oh his fingers.
"xne cabinet contains a se
cret drawer. This Is Inevitable if It
really belonged to Mme. de Montespan.
Any cabinet made for her would be
certain to have n secret drawer. That
drawer must be adequately guarded,
and therefore a mechanism was de
vised to stab the person attempting to
open It and to Injectjnto the wound a
poison so powerful as to cause Instant
death. Am I right so far?"
"Wonderfully right" I nodded. "I
had not put It so clearly even to my
self. Go ahead."
"We come to the conclusion, then,"
continued Godfrey, "that the business
of this unknown Frenchman with 'Vantine-In
some wny concerned this cabi
net" "Vantine himself thought so." I brokr
in. "He told me afterward that It was
because be thought so he consented to
"Good! That would seem to indi
cate that we are on the right track.
The Frenchman's business, then, had
something to do with this cabinet and
with this secret drawer. Left to him
self, he discovered tbe cabinet In the
room adjoining the anteroom, attempt
ed to open the drawer and was killed."
"Yes," I agreed. "And now how about
"Vantlne's death Isn't so simply ex
plained. Presumably the unknown wo
man also called on business relating to
tho cabinet. She, also wanted to open
the secret drawer, In order to secure
Its contents. That seems filrly cer
tain from her connection w!tu the first
"You still think It was ber photo
graph ho carried In his watch?"
"I am sure of it. But bow did it
happen that It was Vantine who was
killed? Did tho woman, warned by
the fato of the man, deliberately set
Vantine to open the drawer In order
that she might run no risk? O: -was
she also Ignorant of tbe mechanism?
Above all, did she succeed In getting
away with the contents of the
"What was In tbe drawer?"
"Ah. if we only knew!"
"Perhaps tho woman had nothing to
do with it Vantine himself-told me
that he was going to make a careful
examination of the cabinet No doubt
that Is exactly what he, was dolnp
when the woman's arrival Interrupted
him. He might have let her o of tho
house himself, and then, returning, to
the cabinet, stumbled upon the secret
drawer after she bad gone."
"Yes; that Is quite possible too, But
thero are objections, and
weighty ones. In the first place, if
the Frenchman got tbo-drawer open,
who closed it?"
"Perhaps It closed itself when he let
(To be Continued)
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Estate of George yr. Uarr,ere Br., deceased.
Granville Uarrere has been appointed and
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eorge W, Barrere Sr., late of illeUland
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Dated this 16th dar of January A. d lffM.
J. I). WOltLET,
Probate Judge of said County.
The Highland county Board of School ex
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Rlllsboro, on the first Saturday of every
Patterson examinations will be held on the
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As prescribed by law, the fee for teachers
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Jan. 26, 1914.
Misses Josephine Wilkin and Anna
Carpenter spent Sunday with Clark
Hunter and family, of Hoaglands.
Mrs. Edith Pence and son, Ralph,
were the guests of Mrs. Will Fence, of
Mrs. Sam JRoblnson visited Mrs.
Lottie Robinson, of Prairie Valley,
one day recently.
Miss Hattie Tlce, of East Danville,
spent the;pas"l week with Ira Tlce and
Harley Guff and family were guests
Sunday of Ed Chaney and family, of
Mrs. Thomas JRoush and grandson
spent Mpnday wltbMrs. Will Haines,
' of Tile Junction. i
Miss Wllla Robinson spent Saturday
and Sunday the guest of friends and
relatives at Hlllsboro.
I Mrs. Albert Pence, of Hoaglands,
visited her parents, Friday,
I Joe Harnett and wife entertained
the latter's sister, of Springfield, last
Ed Penceland family and Mrs Ann
Pence took dinner with General Pence
and family, Sunday.
Mrs. Ellis Wilkin spent the latter
part of last week with home folks at
I Mrs. John Lemon called at the
home of Aunt.Mahala McKee Sunday
I Alva Overman and wife were the
guests of relatives In Hlllsboro, Hun
day. The many friends and relatives hero
were shockedj tohear of the death of
Mrs,. Mary Sanderson, of Kansas City,
Kan,, which occured at her home
Sunday at 1:30 o'clock.
Jan. 26, 1914.
Preachlngjhere Sunday morning and
night by Rev. Johnson.
Miss Florence ILudwIck, of Lynch
burg, was with home folks one day
Mrs. Anna Leaverton and family, of
Mllford, andFred Bookricht, of Mus
catine, Iowa, spent part of last weok
with their mother, Mrs. Shaffer.
Will Stewart and wife and daughter,
of Mt. Orab, visited Henry Chaney a
part of last;week.
MIssTessle Shaffer is visiting her
sister, Mrs. LlllleLudwIck, at Cincin
nati Coral Holden Is visiting relatives in
Cincinnati this week.
Miss EthellThornburg spent Satur
day and Sunday In Hlllsboro with her
sister, Mrs. John Winkle.
Albert Eillsand wife, of Norwood,
spent Saturday and Sunday with her
parents, Wlllard Cailey and wife.
Louis Shaffer and family, of Dodson
vllle, spent Sunday 'with hid father,
Mrs. Ellis JWilkin, of Shackelton,
was with home folks one day last
Harley Ludwlg and wife and son
visited Mrs. Lud wig's parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Thompson, of Port William,
Molly Don't you.tliink agirl should
marry an economical man ?
Dolly I suppose so ; but it's awful
being engaged to one. Liverpool Mer
cury. ,, . .
"Whatis frenzied finance?"
"Flnancingiyour friends. "Judge.
"I had toilet that new maid go. I
discovered that she was neglecting the
children when I was attending my
"Yes, Positively she couldn't think
less of them if they were her owp."
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Mrs. Neighbor They tell me your
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Mrs. Malaprop Yes, Indeed,
Mrs Neighbor Do you know what
position he plays ?
Mrs. Malaprop Ain't sure, but I
think lie's one of the drawbacks.