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I'Hfc. NLWSrHLhALD, H1LLSBORO, OHIO, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1914.
TIM
ion Dollar Mystery
By HAROLD
Illustrated from Scenes in the Photo Drama of tho
Same Name ly the Thanhouser Film Company
(Copyright, 1014, by
CHAPTER IX.
The Leap In the Dark.
So far as Jones was concerned, he
was rather pleased with the turn of
affairs. This was no time for love
making; no time for silly, innocuous
quarrels and bickerings, in which love
must Indulge or die, Florence no
"I Never Saw That Ring Before."
longer rode horseback, and Norton
returned to his accustomed haunts,
where no one made the slightest at
tempt upon his life. In his present
state of mind he would have welcomed
it
"What's the matter with Jim?"
asked the night city editor, raising his
eye shade.
"I don't know," answered the copy
reader.
"Goes around as if he'd been eating
dope; bumped Into the boss a while
ago and never stopped to apologize."
"Perhaps he's mapping out the front
page for that Hargreave stuff,"
laughed the copy reader. "Between
you and me and the gate post, I don't
believe there ever was a man by the
name of Hargreave."
"Oh, there was a chap by that name,
all right. He's dead. A man can't
swim 300 miles in rough water, life
buoy or no. Thy ought to have
funeral services, and let It go at that."
"But what was the reason for that
fake cable from Gibraltar saying that
Orts was alive? I don't see any Bense
in that."
"The man who pulled it oft did. I
think, for my part, that both Orts and
Hargreave are dead, and that the man
picked up by the tramp steamer Orient
was riding some other balloon."
"You're wrong there. The descrip
tion of It proved that it was Orts' ma
chine. Oh, Jim probably has got a
man's size yarn up his sleeve, but he's
a long time in delivering the goods.
He's beginning to mope a good deal.
Woman back of It somewhere. Haven't
held down this copy job for twelve
years without being able to make some
tolerable guesses. Jim's a star man.
When he gets started nothing can stop
him. He covered the Chinese Boxer
rebellion better than any other corre
spondent there. I wonder how old he
is?"
"O, I should say about thirty-one or
two. Here he comes now. 'Lo, Jim!"
"Hello! Where's Ford? He gave
me a ticket to the theater tonight, and
I want to punch his head. What's
drama poralng to, anyhow? Cigarettes
and booze and mismated couples.
Can't they find good enough things
out of doors? Oh, I know. They cater
to a lot of fools who believe that what
they see Is an expression of high life
in New York and London. And it's
rot, plain rot. It's merely the scum
on the boiling pot. And any old house
wife would skim it off and chuck it
into the slops. Life? Piffle!"
"What's the grouch?"
"Looking for the dramatic Job?"
"No. I've Just been wondering how
far these theatrical managers can go
without slitting tho golden goose."
Norton sought his desk and began
rummaging tho drawers. He was not
hunting for anything; he was merely
passing away the time. By and by,
when the paetime no longer served,
he pulled his chair over to the window
and sat down, staring at stars such
as Copernicus never dreamed f. Ships
going down to sea, ferries swooping
diagonally hither and thither, the
clockwork signs; but he took no note
of these marvels of light.
"Not at home!" he muttered.
He had called, written, telephoned.
jNo use. The door remained shut,
Jones answered the telephone, and the
letters came back. He began to think
very deeply concerning the Perigoff
woman. Had ehe played a trick? Had
that fainting spell been buncombe for
bis benefit as well &b Florence's? But
lie bad not a shadow of a proof. The
klB that puzzled him equally with
MAC GRATH
Harold MacGralh)
this was that all attempts against his
life had miraculously ceased; no safes
thundered down In front of him, and
no autos tried to carve him in two.
The only thing that kept him actlvo
was the dally call of Jones by wire.
Miss Florence was well ;that was all
Jones was permitted to say.
Restlessly Norton spurned his chair
and walked over to the telephone
booth. It was midnight. He might of
might not be able to Get Jones. B-it
almost Instantly a voice said, "What
is it?"
"Jones?"
"Yes. Who is it?"
"Norton."
"Why, you called me up not ten
minutes ago."
"Not I!"
"It waB your voice, as plain as day."
"What did I want?" keen all at once.
The reply did not come Immediately.
"You are certain it was not you?"
"Walt a moment and I'll call the
editor. He will prove to you that I've
been here for an hour, and that this
is the first call I've made. Some one
has been imposing on you. What did
they ask you to do?"
"You asked me to come down to the
office at once, and I requested you
to come to the house, and you said you
could not. I declined to stir."
"What did you think?"
"Exactly what you're thinking that
they have come to life again."
"Jones, is Miss Florence awake?"
"No."
"Do you think there is any hope of
having her understand what really
happened?"
"I am here only to guard her. I can
not undertake to read her thoughts."
"You're not quite In favor of a rec
onciliation?" "Oh, es, if it went no further.
Young people are young people tho
world over."
"What does that mean?"
"That they would not create imagi
native heartaches if they were not
young. Better let things remain ex
actly as they are. When all these
troubles are settled finally, the leseer
trouble may be talked over sensibly.
But this is not the time. There is no
news. Good-night."
Norton returned to his chair, gloom
ier than ever. With his feet upon the
window sill he stared and stared and
dreamed and dreamed till a hand fell
upon his shoulder. It belonged to one
of the office hoys.
"Note f'r you, sir."
Norton read it and tore it into little
pieces. Then he rose and distributed
the piecee in the several yawning
waste baskets which strewed the aisle
leading to the city desk.
"I'm not wanted for anything?" he
asked.
"No. Clear out!" laughed the night
city editor. "The sight of you is put
ting everybody in the gloom ward."
Norton went down to the street. At
the left of the entrance he was quietly
joined by a man whose arm was car
ried in a sling. He motioned Norton
to get Into the taxlcab. They were
dropped in a deserted spot in River
dale. On foot they went forward to
their destination, which proved to be
the deserted hangar of the aviator,
William Orts.
"I want you to tell Jones that a tug
and several divers ate at work on the
spot where he threw the chest. That's
all. Now, doctor, rewind this arm of
mine."
The amateur surgeon made a very
good Job of It; not for nothing had he
followed fighting armies to the front
"Did they find anything?"
"Not up to date. But we might if
we cared to. They have left a buoy
over the spot they're exploring. But
just now it floats a quarter of a
mile to the east of the spot."
"Who were tho men in the motor
boat that chased Jones."
"Only Jones can tell you. Queer old
codger, eh?"
"A bit stubborn. He wants to handle
it without police assistance."
"And he's right. We are not aiming
to arrest anyone," sinisterl. "There
can't be any draw to this game. Here,
no smoking. Too much gas afloat"
Norton put the cigarettes back into
his pocket "What's the real news?"
he demanded. "You would not bring
me out here Just to rebandage that
arm. It really did not need it. Come,
out with it."
"You're sharp."
"I'm paid to be sharp."
"I've found where the Black Hun
dred holds Its sessions."
"By George, that's news!"
"The room abpve is vacant. A little
hole in the ceiling, and who knows
what might happen?"
"What do you want me to do?"
"Tell Jones. When the next meet
ing come around I'll advise you. I've
stumbled upon a dissatisfied member.
So, buck up, as they say. We've got
two ends of the net down, and with
a little care we'll have them all. Now
let me have a hundred."
Norton drew out a packet of bills
and counted off five twenties.
"Why don't you draw the cash your
eelf?" "it happens to be in your name.
"I 'forgot," said Norton. "But what
a chance for mo! Nearly five thou
sand, all mlno for a ticket to Algiers!"
A grunt was tho enly reply.
"I want you to toll mo about tho
Perigoff woman."
"I know only one thing that Bralno
is there every night"
'.'No!"
"The orders are for you to play tho
gamo just as you are playing it When
we strike, it must be tho last blow.
All this hide-and-seek business may
look foolish to you. It's like that Jap
anese gamo called 'jo.'- It looks sim
ple), but chess is a tyro's game be
side It. Can you find ybur way back
all right?"
"I can."
"Well, you'd better be going. That's
all the light I have, in this torch here.
Got a lot to do tomorrow and need
sleep."
Norton stole away with great cau
tion. His first Intention was to pro
ceed straight to the city, but de
spite his resolution he found himself
within a quarter of an hour gazing
up at the windows of the Hargreave
house. "Not at home!"
Quite unconscious of the fact, he
was as close to death as any mortal
man might care to be. The police
man suddenly looming up under the
arc lamp proved to be his savior.
The lull made Jones doubly alert.
He was positive that they were pre
paring to strike again. But from what
direction and in what manner? He
had not met the gift of clairvoyance,
so he had to wait; and waiting is a
terrible game when perhaps death Is
balancing the scales. It is always
easier to make an assault than to
await it; and it Is a good general who
always finds himself prepared.
But it made his heart ache to watch
the child. She went about cheerfully
when any one was In the room with
her. Many a time, however, he had
stolen to the door of her bedroom and
heard the heart-rending sobs, a vain
attempt being made to stifle them
among the pillows. She was only
eighteen; It was first love; and first
loves are pale, evanescent attach
ments. It hurt now; but she would
get over It presently. Youth forgets.
Time, like water, smooths away the
ragged places.
The countess called regularly. She
was, of course, dreadfully sorry over
what had happened. She had heard
something about his character; news
paper men weren't always the best.
This one was a mere fortune hunter;
a two faced one, at that. She was
never more surprised In her life when
ho threw his arms around her. And
so on, and so forth, half lies and hall
truths, till the patient Jones felt like
wringing her neck.
From his vantage point the butler
smiled ironically. He could read the
heart of this Perigoff woman as he
could read the page of a book. The
effrontery! And all the while he
must gravely admit her and pretend
when the blood rioted in his veins at
the sight of her. But he dared not
Bwerve a single inch from tho plans
laid down. It was a cup of bitter gall,
and there was no way of avoiding the
putting of It to his lips. She ema
nated poison as nightshade emanates
it, the upas tree. And he must bow
when she entered and bow when she
left! Still, she had done him an in
direct favor in breaking up this love
business.
One afternoon Bralne summoned his
runabout and called up two physicians.
When he was ushered into the desert-
JISSrou ""it ttfrfxitit Jb9 jiiIiiiIiHH
It Had All the Hallmarks of an Affec
. tlonate Embrace.
ed office of the first he sent his card
in. The doctor replied in person. His
face was pale and his hands shook.
"Good afternoon," said Bralne, smil
ing affably.
The doctor eyed him like a man
hypnotized. "You . . . you wished
to see me on some particular busi
ness?" "Very particular," dryly. "My car
Is outside. Will you be bo ood as
to accompany mo?" V
The doctor 'slowly went into tho
hall for his hat and coat He left the
nouso and got into tho car with never
a word of protest.
"Thinking?" said Bralne.
"I am al,ways thinking whenever I
see your evil face. What devilment
do you require of me this time?"
"A mere stroke of tho pen."
"Where are we going?"
"To call 'on another physician of
your standing." significantly. "It is a
great thing to have friends like you
two. Always roady to serve us, for
tho mere love of it"
"There's no need of using thai kind
of talk to mo. You have me in the
hollow of your hand. Why should I
bother to deny It? I have broken tho
law. I broke It because I waa starv
ing." "It Is better to starve in freedom
than to eat fat joints up tho river.
Today It Is a question of sanity "
"And you want me to assist In sign
ing away the liberty of some person
who Is perfectly sane?"
"The nail on the head," urbanely.
"You're a flno scoundrel!"
"Not so loud!" warntngly.
"As loud as I please. I am not for
getting that you need me. I'm no
coward. I recognize thnt you hold the
whip hand. But you can send me to
the chair before I'll crawl to you. Now,
leave me alone for a while."
The other physician had no such
qualms of conscience. He was ready
at all times for the generous emolu
ments which accrued from his dealings
with the man Bralne.
The Countess Perlroff was indis
posed; so It was quite in the order of
things that she should summon phy
sicians. There is a law in the state of New
York Just or unjust, whichever you
please that reads that any person
may be adjudged Insane if the slgna
Florence and Susan Went S.iopplng.
tures of two registered physicians art
affixed to the document. It does not
say that these physicians shall have
been proved reputable.
There were, besides the physicians,
a motherly looking woman and a man
of benign countenance. Their faces
were valuable assets. To gain an
other person's confidence is, perhaps
among the greatest human achieve
ments. A confidence man and woman
In the real sense of the word. In youi
mind's eye you could see this man
carrying the contribution plate down
the aisle on Sunday mornings, and hit
wife Kate putting her mite on the
plate for the benefit of some pool, un
tidy Hottentot.
On Tuesday of the following wee!
Florence and Susan went shopping
The chauffeur was a strong younc fel
low whom Jones relied upon. If you
pay a man well and hold out fine
promises, you generally can trust him,
As their car left the corner another
followed leisurely. This second auto
mobile contained Thomas Wendt and
his wife Kate. The two young women
Btopped at the great dry goods shop
near the public library, and for the
time being naturally forgot everything
but the marvels which had come from
all parts of the world. It is as natural
for a woman to buy as It isfor a man
to sell.
In some manner or other Florence
became separated from Susan. She
hunted through aisle after aisle, but
could not find her; for the simple rea
ton that Susan was hunting for her, It
occurred to the girl that Susan might
have wisely concluded the best place
to wait would be in the taxlcab. And
no Florence hurried out into the street,
Into the arms of the Wendt family,
who were patiently awaiting her.
The trusted chauffeur had been sent
around to the side entrance by the
major domo. Tho young lady had so
requested, so he said.
Florence struggled and called for
the policeman, who came running up,
followed by the usual idle, curious
crowd.
"The poor young woman is insane,"
Bald the motherly Kate, tears In her
eyes, Ttie benign Thomas looked at
heaven, 'We are her keepers."
"It Is not true!" cried Florence des
perately. "She has the hallucination that sho
Is the daughter of the millionaire
Stanley Hargreave." And Thomas ex
hibited his document, which was per
fectly legal, "bo far as appearances
went
"Hurry up and get her off tho walk.
I can't have tho crowd growing any
larger," said the policeman, convinced.
So, despite her cries and protesta
tions, Florence was bustled into the
automobile, even the policeman lend
ing a hand.
"Poor young thing!" he said to the
crowd. "Come, now, move on. I can't
have the walk blocked up. Get a gait
on you."
He was congratulating himself upon
the orderliness of tho affair when a
keen-eyed young man in the garb of a
chauffeur touched his shoulder.
"What's this I hear about an insane
woman?" he demnnded.
"She was Insane, all right They had
papers to prove It She kept crying
that she was Stanley Hargreave'a
daughter."
"My God I" The young man struck
his forehead in despair. "You ass, she
Was tahloy Hargroayo's daughter,
and they've kidnaped her right under
your nose! What was the number of
that car?"
"Cut out that line of talk, young fel
lah; I know my business. They had
the proper documonts."
"Butou hadn't brains enough to In
quire whether they were genuine or
not! You wait!" shrilled the chauf
feur. "I'll have you broken for this
work." He wheeled and ran back to
his car, to find Susan and the countess
In a great state of agitation. "They
got her, they gol her! And I swore
on the book that they never should, so
long as I drove the car.'
I Susan wept', and tho countess tried
in vain to console her.
And when Jones was informed he
frightened even the countess with the
I snarl of rage which burned across his
lips. Ha tore Into the hall, seized his
hat, and was gone. Not a word of re
proach did he offer to the chauffeur.
Bralne and tho Countess.
He understood that no one is Infallible.
He found the blundering policeman,
who now realized that he stood In for
a whiff of the commissioner's carpet.
All he could do was to give a good de
scription of the man and woman. Word
was sent broadcast through the city.
The police had to be informed this
time.
Late in the day an officer whose beat
included the ferry landing at Hobolcen
said he had seen the three. Everything
had looked all right to him. It was
the motherly face of the one and the
benign countenance of the other that
had blinded him.
At midnight Jones, haggard and
with the air of one beaten, returned
home.
"No wireless yet?" asked Norton.
"The George Washington of the
North German Lloyd does not answer.
Something has happened to her wires;
1 tampered with, possibly."
I "So long as we know they are at sea,
we can remedy the evil. They will not
be able to land at a single port. I have
I sent ten cables. They can't get away
from the wire. If I could only get hold
I of the names of those damnable doc
tors who signed that document! Twen
ty years."
Jones bent his head in his hands,
and Norton tramped the floor till the
sound of his footsteps threatened to
drive the moaning Susan into hys
terics. I "It Is only a matter of a few days."
I "But can the child stand the ter
rors?" questioned Jones. "Who knows
that they may not really drive her in
sane?" On board the George Washington
every one felt extremely sorry for this
beautiful girl. It was a frightful mis-
I fortune to be so stricken at her age.
i "She is certainly insane," said one
of the passengers, who had known
Hargreave slightly through some bank
ing business. "Hargreave wasn't mar
ried. He lived alone."
; After the second day out Florence
was permitted to wander about the
I ship as she pleased.
A good many of the passengers were
. mightily worried when they learned
I that the wireless had in some mysteri
ous way been tampered with after the
boat bad made the open sea. It was
impossible to put about The appara
tus must be fixed at sea. ,
And when finally Norton's wireless
caught the wires of the George Wash
ington he was gravoly Informed that
the young lady referred to had leaped
the. rail off the Banks i.t night and had
been drownedr She had not been
missed till the following morning.
(To be continued)
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