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THE NEWS-HERALti, HILLSBORO, OHIO, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 1914
The Million Dollar Mystery
By HAROLD MAC GRATH
Illustrated from Scenes in the Photo Drama of the
Same Name by the Thanhouser Film Company
(Copyright, 1014, by
"I'm not at liberty to tell Just yet
It's a strange game; half political,
half blackmail. It's a pretty strong
organization. But If they're back of
this counterfeiting, there's a line
chance of landing them all "
Here the chief's assistant came in.
"Got Beggs on the wire. Says he'll
conduct you to the home if you'll
"Stop!" Said Jones Quietly.
promise him immunity for some other
"Tell him he shall have Immunity
on the word of the chief. But aLo
say that he must come to see me in
"All right, sir."
"I don't believe It would be wise
for Beggs to see me here. I gave him
a good send-off Sing Sing Ave years
ago. He may recollect," said Norton.
"Suit yourself about that. Only,
keep in communication with me by
telephone and I'll tip you off as to
when the raid shall take place. Lucky
you came In. I should have honestly
gone there and arrested Innocent
people, and they would have had a
'devil of a time explaining. It would
Jiave taken them at' least a week to
clear themselves. That would leave
the house empty all that time."
' Norton did not reply, but he put
, the blotter away carefully. There
was no getting away from the fact,
but the god of luck was with him.
"Do you know what's back of it
f "I can't tell you any more than I
have," said Norton.
' "Then I pass. I know you well
enough. If you've made up your mind
not to talk a man couldn't get any
thing out of you with a can-opener.
And that's why we trust you, my boy.
Don't forget the telephone."
"I shan't. So long."
That same night Bralne- paid the
Russian woman a brief visit.
"I think that here's where, we go
forward. The secret service will raid
the house tomorrow and then for a
few days we'll roam about as we bally
please. I'm hanged if I don't have
every plank torn up and all the walls
pulled down. More and more I'm con
vinced that the money is in that
"Don't be too confident," warned
Olga. "So many times have we been
tripped up when everything seemed in
our hands. The house should be
guarded but not entered for a day
or two; at least not till after the raid
is cold. I'm beginning to see traps
"Nonsense! Leave It to me. We
shan't stick our heads Inside the Har
greave house till we are dead certain
that It is absolutely empty. Olga,
you're a gem. I don't think Russia
will bother us for awhile. Eh? Paroff
will not dare tell how he was flim
flammed. The least he can do to save
his own skin is to say that we are
fally capable of taking care of our
selves." Olga laughed. "To think of his
writing a note like that! Florence
would have recognized and no doubt
did &, palpable attempt to play an
old game twice."
"How does she act towards you?"
"Cordial as ever; and yet , . ."
"I thought her an ordinary school
girl, and yet every once In a. While she
makes what you billiard players call
a professional shot. What matter?
So long as they do not shut the door
in my face, I ask nothing more. But
do ypu want my opinion? I feel' It In
my bones that something will go
"Good lord, are you toslng your
nerve?" cried Bralne Impatiently. "The
secret service has the warning; they
And the green Btuff, and Jones & Co.
will mog off to the police station. And
there'll be a week of ted tape before
they are turned loose again. They'll
dig into Hargreave's finances and all
that. We'll have all the security in
the world to find out it the money
is in the house or not. Why worry?"
"It's only the way I feel. There
Is something uncanny in the regular
ity of that girl's good luck."
"Ah, but we're not after her this
time; it's the whole family."
"The servants too?"
"Everybody in the house will be
"And can you trust Beggs?"
"His life Is in the hollow of my.
hand. You can always trust a man
when you hold the rope that's around
Still the frown did not leave Olga's
brow. With all her soul she longed
to be out of this tangle. It had all
looked so easy at the start; yet here
they were, weeks later, no further
forward than at the beginning, and
added to this they had paid much in
The Dictagraph Registered Every
lives and money. Well, if she would
be fool enough to love this man she
must abide with the consequences. I
She wanted him all by herself, out of J
danger, in a far country. He might
tire, but she knew in her heart that
she never would. This was her one
great passion, and while her mode
of living was not as honest as might
be, her love was honest enough and un
swerving, though it was not glided
by the pleasant fancies of youth.
"Of what are you thinking?" he
asked when he concluded that the
pause had been long enough.
"No; just ordinary everyday love."
"Ah, Olga, why the deuce must you
go and fall In love with a bundle of
ashes like myself? Ashes and bitter
ashes, too. Sometimes I regret. But
the regretting only seems to make
me all the more savage. What opium
and dope are to other men, danger
raid excitement are to me. It is not
written that I shall die in bed. I have
told you that already. There is no
other woman now. And I do love you
after a fashion,' as a man loves a com
rade. Walt till this dancing bout la
over and I may talk otherwise. And
now I am going to shake hands and
hobnob with the elite beautiful word!
And while I bow and smirk and crack
witticisms, I and the devil will be
chuckling in our sleeves. But this
I'll tell, you, while there's a drop of
blood In my veins, a breath In my
body, I'll stick to this fight If only
to prove that I'm not a quitter."
He caught her suddenly in his arms,
kissed her, ran lightly to the door,
and was gone before she could re
cover from her astonishment.
The affair went smoothly, without
a hitch. Norton and his men gained
the bouse through the tunnel without
attracting the least attention. The
Black Hundred, watching the front
and rear of the house, never dreamed
that there existed another mode of
entrance or that there was a secret
Half an hour later the head of the
secret service, accompanied by hts
men, together with "Spider" Beggs,
who waB In high feather over his suc
cess, arrived, demanded admittance,
and went at the front of the business
"Your name Is Jones," began the
The butler nodded, though his face
evinced no little bewilderment at the
appearance of these men.
"What Is -It you wish, sir?"
"1 am from the secret service and
I have It from g ;prtty good source
that there la counterfeit money hidden
in this house. More than that, I can
put my hand on the very place It is
"That Jb impossible, sir," declared
Jones Indignantly. '
"I'm an old hand, Mr. Jones. It
will not do you a bit of cood to put
on that bold front."
Beggs smiled. How waa he to know
that this waB a comedy set especially '
for his benefit?
"I should like to see that money," ,
eald Jones, not quite so bravely. I
"Come with me," said tho secret ,
eorvlco man. "Where's tho library?"
"Beyond that door, sir."
The chief beckoning to his men,
entered the library, went directly to
a certain shelf, extracted three vol
umos, and there lay tho money In
three neat packages. ,
"Good heavens I" gasped Jones.
"I shall have to request you and the
family to accompany me to the sta
tion." "But it 1b all utterly impossible,
sir! I know nothing of that money,
nor how it got there. It's a plot. I
declare on my oath, sir, that I am
Innocent, that Miss Florence and her
companion know nothing about It."
"You will have to tell that to the
federal Judge, sir. My duty la to take
you all to the station, It would be
Just as well not to say anything more,
"Very well; but some one shall
smart for this outrage."
"That remains to be seen," was tho
terse comment of the secret Bervice
He led his prisoners away directly.
Norton and his men had to wait far
into the night. The Black Hundred ,
did not Intend to make any mistake !
this time by a hasty move. At quarter
after ten they descended. Bralne was I
not Ith them. This was due to the i
urgent request of Olga, who still had
her doubts. The men rioted about the
house, searching nooks and corners,
examining floors and walls, opening
books, pulling out drawers, but they
found nothing. They talked freely,
however, and the dictagraph regis
tered every word. The printing plant,
which had so long defied discovery,
was In the cellar of the house occu
pied by tho Black Hundred. Norton
and his men determined to follow and
raid the building. And the reporter
promised himself a good front page
story without in any way conflicting
with his promises to Jones.
Events came to pass afa they expected.
The trailing was not the easiest thing.
Norton knew about where the build
ing was, but he could not go to It di
rectly. He was quite confident that
its entrance was Identical with that
which had the trap door through which
he had been flung that memorable
day when ho had been shanghaied.
When they reached the 'building he
warned the men to hug the wall to the
stairs. The trap yawned, but no one
was. hurt. They scampered up the
stairs like a lot of eager boys; broke
the door in to find the weird execu
tive chamber dark and empty and an
acrid smoke in their nostrils. This
latter grew stifling as they blundered
about in the dark. By luck Norton
found the exit and called to the men
to follow. They saw Beggs at the top
of the stairway and called out to him
to surrender. He held up his hands
and the stairs collapsed. Real fire
burst out and Norton and his compan
ion had a desperate battle with flame
and smoke to gain the street.
The Are was put out finally, but
there was nothing in the ruins to prove
that there had been a counterfeiting
den there. There was, however, at
least one consoling feature: In the fu
ture the Black Hundred would havo
to hold their star-chamber elsewhere.
It was checkmate; or, rather, It was
Another Trap Set.
If the truth is to be told, Jones was
as deeply chagrined over the outcome )
"I Shall Have to Request You and the Fanr.Ily to Accompany Me to the
of the counterfeit deal as was Bralne.
They had both failed signally to reach
the goal sought. But this Mute the or-!
'ganlzatlon had broken even with Jones,
and this fact disturbed the butler. It
might signify that tho turning point
had been reached, and that In the fu-,
ture the good luck might swing over to
the side of the Black Hundred. Jones
redoubled; his cautions, reiterated his ,
warnings, and slept less than ever.
Indeed, as he, went pvar the ground
no conceded a point to tno mack Hun
dred. He would no longer bo nblo
to keep tab on tho organization. They
had deserted their former quarters
absolutely. Tho agent of wliom'they
had leased the building knew nothing
except that ho would have to repair
tho place. Tho rent had teen paid a 1
year in advance, as It had been those
last eight years. Ho had dealt through
an attorney who knew no more of his
clients than the agent. So it will bo
seen that.Jonea had In reality received
More than all this, it would give his
enemies renewed confidence; And this
was a deeper menace than he cared
to face. But he went about his af
fairs as usual, giving no hint to any
one of the mental turmoil which had
possession of him.
It is needless to state Norton did
not scoop his rivals on the counter
felt story. But he set to work explor
ing the cellar of the gutted building,
and in one corner he found a battered
die. He turned this over to the secret
service men. There was one man he
wnnted to find Vroon. This man,
could he find him, should be made to
lead him, Norton, to the new strong
hold. He Baw the futility of trying to
trap Bralne by shadowing him. Ho
desired Bralne to believe that his es
cape from the freighter had been a
bit of wild luck and not a precon
ceived plan. Bralne was out of reach
for the present, so he began the search
for the man Vroon. He haunted the
water front saloons for a week with
He did not know that it was the
policy of the Black Hundred to lay low
for a month after a raid of such a
serious character. So the Hargreave
menage had thirty days of peace;
always watched, however. For Bralne
never relaxed his viligance In that
part of the game. He did not care to
lose sight of Jones, who he was posi
tive was ready for flight If the slight
est opportunity offered Itself.
Norton went back to the primrose
paths of love; and sometimes he would
forget all about such a thing as the
Black Hundred. So the summer days
went by, with the lilacs and the roses
embowering the Hargreayo home. But
Norton took note of the fact that
Florence was no longer the light
hearted schoolgirl he had first met.
Her trials had made a serious woman
of her, and perhaps this phase was all
the more enchanting to him, who had
his serious side also. Her young mind
was like an Italian garden, always
opening new vistas for his admiring
He went about his work the same as
of old, interviewing, playing detective,
fattening his pay envelope by specials
to the Sunday edition and some of the
lighter magazines. Sometimes he had
vague dreams of writing a play, a
novel, and making a tremendous for
tune like that chap Manders, who only
a few years ago had been his desk
mate. He really began the first chap
ter of a novel; but that has nothing
to do with this history. i
All ready, then. The chess are onco
more on the board, and it is tho move
of the Black Hundred.
The day was rather cloudy. Jones
viewed the sky wearily. He could
hear Florence playing rather a cheer- '
less nooturne by Chopin. Fourteen"'
weeks ago this warfare had begun, and
all he had accomplished, he and those
with him, was the death or Incarcera
tion of a few Inconsequent members of
tb,e Black Hundred. Always they struck
and always he had to ward off. He
had always been on the defensive;
and a defensive fighter may last a
long while, but he seldom wins; and
tho butler knew that they must win
or go down in bitter defeat. There
was no half way route to the end;
there could be no draw. It all reminded '
him of thunderbolts; one man knew
where they were going to strike.
The telephone rang; at the same
moment Florence left the pjano. She
stopped at the threshold.
"Hello! You? Where havo you
been? What haa happened?"
"Who 1b it?" asked Florence, step
Jones held up a -warning hand, and
"Yes, yes; I bear perfectly. OJ
i ..... . . , . I
iuu to uooii rruriuug out tnmr Hon
quarters? Good, goodl But be very
careful, 8lr. Ono nover knows what
may happen. They havo boon quiet
for some time .now. ... Ah! You
can't work the celling this time? . . .
Window over tho way. Very good,
sir. But bo careful."
Tho word "sir" caught Florence's
attention, She ran to Jones and seized
him. by tho arm.
"Who was that?" she orled, as he
turned arway from the telephone.
"You said 'sir.' "
Jone's eyes widened. "I did?"
"Yes, and It's the first time I ever
heard you use it over the telephone.
Jones, you were talking to my father!"
"Please, Miss- Florence, do not ask
me any questions, I cannot answer
any. I dare not."
"But If I should command, upon
the pain of dismissal?" coldly.
."Ah, Miss Florence," and Jones
tapped his pocket, "you forget that you
cannot dismiss me by word. I am le
gally In control here. I am sorry
that you have made me recall this
fact to you."
Florence began to cry softly.
"I am sorry, very sorry," said tho
butler, torn between the desire to
comfort her and the law that he had
It Was a Letter on the Back of Which
Was Drawn the Fatal Black Mask.
laid down for himself. "It Is very
gloomy today, and perhaps we are a
little depressed by it. I am sorry."
"O, I realize, Jones, that all this
unending mystery annd seorecy have
a set purpose at back. Only, It does
just seem as if I should go mad some
times with waiting and wondering."
"And If the truth must be told, it
is the same with me. We have to
wait for them to strike. Shall I get
you something new to read? I am
going down to the drug store and
they have a circulating library."
"Get me anything you please. But
I'd feel better with a little sunshine."
"That's universal," replied Jones,
gong into the hall for his hat.
Had the telephone rung again at
that moment it is quite probable that
the day would have come to a close
as the day before had, monotonously.
But the ring came five minutes after
Jones had left the house.
"Is this the Hargreave place?"
"Yes." said Florence. "Who Is it?"
"This is Miss Hargreave talking?"
"This is Doctor Morse. I am at the
Queen hotel. Mr. Norton has been
badly hurt, and ho wants you and
Mr. Jones to come at once. We can
not tell Just how serious the injury is.
He is Just conscious. Shall I tell him
you will come Immediately?"
Florence snapped the receiver bn
tho hook. She wanted to fly, fly. Ho
was hurt. How, when, where?
"Susan! Susan!" she called.
"What Is It, Florence?" asked Susan,
running into the room.
"Jim is badly hurt. He wants me to
come at once. O, Susan! I've been
dreading something all day long." Flor
ence struck the maid's Dell. "My
wraps. You will go with me, Susan."
"Where, MIsb Florence," asked the
maid, alive to her duty.
"Where? What is that to you?" de
manded Florence, who did not know
that this maid was a detective.
"Why not wait till Mr. Jones re
turns?" she suggested patiently.
"And let' the man I love die?"
"At least you will leave word where
you are going, Miss Florence."
"The Queen hotel. And if you say
another word I'll discharge you. Come
There happened to be a taxlcab con
veniently near (as Vroon took caro
there should bo), and Florence at once
engaged It. She did not see the man
hiding In the bushes. Tho two young
women stepped Into the taxlcab and
were driven off. Thoy had been gone
less than five minutes when Jones re
turned with his purchase, to find the
house empty of Its most valuable asset
He was furious, not only at the maid,
who, ho realized, waa virtually help
less, but at. bis own negligence.
In the midst of his violent harangue
lbo bell sounded. In his bones be knew
what waa going to be found there. It
-waa a letter on the back of which
was drawn the fatal black mask. With
shaking fingers he tore open tho en
velope and read the contents:
(To be continued)
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STATE OF OHIO, FIFTH JUDI
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