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THE NEWS-HERALD, HIllLSBORO, OHIO, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 1614:
The Million Dollar Mystery
By HAROLD MAG GRATH
Illustrated from Scenes in the Photo Drama of tha
Same Name by the Thanhouser Film Company
(Copyright, 1911, Xtj
"Those new tens and twenties, ir I
stumble on that right, why, I can turn
It over without conflicting with the
-Well, go to It."
"I'm turning In my regular work,
day in and day out, and while doing
it I've gone through more hairbreadth
escapes than you ever heard of. They
have been after me. I've dodged fall
ing safes; I've been shanghaied, poi
soned; but I haven't said a word."
"Good Lord! Do you mean all
"Every word, sir."
"I'll make it ninety days, Jim; and
if this story comes in I'll see that you
get a corking bonus."
"I'm not looking for bonuses. I'm
proud of my work. To get this 3tory
is all I want. That'll be enough.
Thanks for the extension in time.
So Florence received a long night
letter in the morning.
And the doctor arrived at about
the same time. And called promptly
upon his patient.
"Fine!" he said. "The sea air was
Just the thing. A doctor always likes
to find his advice turning out well."
He glanced quizzically at Florence,
who was the picture of glowing health.
Suddenly he frowned anxiously.
"You need not look at me," she
laughed. "I never felt better In all
"Are you sure?" he asked gravely.
"Why, what in the world do you
He did not speak, but stepped for
ward and took her by the wrist, hold
ing his watch in his other hand. He
shook his head. He looked very
"What is it?" demanded Susan,
with growing terror.
"Go to your own room immediately
and remain there for the present," he
ordered. "I must see Miss Hargreave
He opened the door and Susan
passed out bewllderedly. He returned
to Florence, who was even more bewil
dered than her companion. The doc
tor began to ask her questions; how
she slept, if she was thirsty, felt pains
in her back. She answered all these
questions vaguely. Not the slightest
suspicion entered her head that she
was being hoodwinked. Why should
she entertain any suspicion? This
doctor, who seemed kindly and benev
olent, who had prescribed for Susan
and benefited her, why should she
, "In heaven's name, tell mo what is
the matter?" she pleaded.
"Stay here for a little while and
I'll be back. Under no circumstances
leave your room till I return."
He paced out into the hall, to meet
the frantic Susan.
"We must see the manager at once,''
he replied to her queries. "And we
must be extremely quiet about it.
There must be no excitement You
had better go to your room. You
must not go Into Miss Hargreave's.
Tell me, where have you been? Have
you been trying to do any charitable
work among the poorer classes?"
"Only once," admitted Susan, now
on the verge of tears.
"Only once is sufficient. Come;
we'll go and see the manager to
gether." They arrived at the desk, and the
manager was summoned.
"I take it," began the doctor lowly,
"that a contagious disease, if it De-
Had No Suspicion That She Was Be
came known among your guests,
would create a good deal of disturb
ance?" "Disturbance! Good heavens, man,
it would ruin my business for tho
whole season!" exclaimed the astound
"I am sorry, but this young lady's
companion has been stricken with
The manager fell back against his
desk, his Jaw fallen. Susan turned
as white as the marble top.
"The only way to avoid trouble la
to have her conveyed immediately to
somo place where Bha can be treated
properly. Not a word to any one now;
absolute secrecy or a panic."
The manager was glad enough to
"She is not dangerous at present,
but it is only a matter of a few hours
when the disease will become virulent.
If you will place a porl-r before Mlsa
Hargreave's door till I make arrange
ments to take her a ay, that will
simplify matters." ,
Smallpox! Susan w-irtered aimless
ly about, half out o lier mind with
terror. There was no help against
such a dread disease. Her Florence,
her pretty rosy cheeked Florence, dis
figured for life . . .!
"Miss Susan, where is Florence?"
"O, Mr. Norton!" she gasped.
"What's the trouble?" Instantly
"Florence has the smallpox!"
"Impossible! Come with me."
But the porter, having had the
strictest orders from the manager, re
fused to let them into Florence's
"Never mind, Susan. Come along."
Out of earshot of the porter he said:
"My room is directly above Florence's, i
We'll see what can be done. This
smells of the Black Hundred a mile
off. Smallpox! . Only yesterday she
wrote me that she never felt better.
Have you wired Jones?"
"I never thought to!"
"Then I shall. Our old friends are
at work again."
"But it's the same doctor who sent
me down here."
What followed all appeared in the
reporter's story, as written three
months later. He and Susan went up
to his room, raised the flooring, cut
through the ceiling, and with the fire
escape rope dropped below. One
glance at Florence's tear-stained face
was enough for him. Norton's subse
quent battle with the doctor and his
accomplices made very Interesting
reading. Their escape from the hotel,
their flight, their encounter with one
of the gang in the road, and Flor
ence's blunder into the bed of quick
sand, gave a succession of thrills to
the readers of the Blade.
And all this while the million ac
cumulated dust, layer by layer. Per
haps an occasional hardy roach
scrambled over the packets, no doubt
attracted by the peculiar odor of the
Setting Trans for Norton. j
The Black Hundred possessed three
separate council chambers, always in
preparation. Hence, when the one In
use was burned down they transferred
their conferences to the second coun
cil chamber appointed identically tho
same as the first. As inferred, the or
ganisation owned considerable wealth,
and they leased the buildings in which
tlmv linrt thnlr rnnnrll phamhers.
leased them for a number of years.
and refurnished them secretly with ,
trap floors, doors and panels and all
that apparatus eo necessary to men
who are sometimes compelled to make
a quick getaway
When the Atlantic City attempt was
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nipnon i n n fi niiunn nv iMfiriini m i imt-i v
arrival Braine determined once more .
to rid himself of this meddling re
porter. He knew too much, ln the
first place, and in the second place
Braine wanted to learn whether the
reporter bore a charmed life or was '
Just ordinarily lucky. He would at
tempt nothing delicate, requiring
finesse. He would simply waylay Nor
ton and make a commonplace end
of him. He would disappear, this re
porter, that would be all; and when
they found him he might or might
not be recognizable.
So Braine called a conference and
he and hie fellow rogues went over a
number of expedients and finally
agreed that the best thing to do would
be to send a man to the newspaper,
ostensibly as a reporter looking for
a situation. With this excuse he would
be able to hang around the city room
for three or four days. The idea back
of this was to waylay Norton on his
way, to some assignment which took
him to the suburbs.
All this was arranged down to the
smallest detail; and a man whom they
were quite certain Norton had not
yet seen was selected to play the
part. He had been a reporter once,
more's the pity; so there was no doubt
of his being able to handle his end
of the game.
"I want Norton, I want .him badly,"
declared Braine, "and woo to you If
you let booze play in between you and
the object of this move."
The man selected to act the re
porter bung his head. Whisky had
been the origin of his fall from hon
est living, and he was not so cal
loused as not to feel the sting of
remorse at times.
"More," went on Braine, "I want
Norton brought to 49. It's a little oft
the beat, and we can handle Norton
as we please. When we get rid ot
this newspaper ferret there'll be an
other to eliminate. But he's a fox,
and a fox must be set to trail him."
"And who Is that?"
"Jones. Jones Jones!" thundered
ttlrnlnn. "Ha'A tins live wire. But hO
reporter first. Jones depends a lot
on him. Take away this prop and
Jones will not be so sure of himself.
Thore'a a man outsldo nil this circle,
and all these' weeks of warfare have
not served to bring him into the
"Hargreave is dead," eald Vroon
"As dead as I am," snarled Bralne.
"Two men went away In that balloon;
and I'll wager my head that one man
came back. I am beginning to put
a few things together that I have
not thought of before. Wlio knows?
That balloon may have been carried
out to sea purposely. The captain on
that tramp steamer may have lied
from beginning to end. I tell you,
Hargreave is alive, and wherever he
is he has his hand on all the wires.
He has agents, too, whom we know
nothing about. Hang the million! I
want to put my hands on Hnrgreavo
Just to prove that I am the better
man. He communicates with Jones, per
haps through the reporter; he has had
me followed; it was he who changed
the boxes, bored the hole in the cell
ing of the other quarters and learned
heaven knows what."
"If that's the case," eald Vroon,
"why hasn't he had us apprehended?"
Braine laughed henrtlly. "Haven't
you been able to see .by this time what
his came is? Revenge. He does not
want the police to meddle only In the
smaller affairs. He wants to put ter
ror into the hearts of all of us. Keep
this point in your mind when you act.
He'll never summon the police unless
we make a broad daylight attempt to
I got possession of his daughter. And
, even then he would make it out a
plain case of kidnaping. Elimination,
that's the word. All right. We'll
piay at that game ourselves. No. 1
shall be Mr. Norton. And if you fall
I'll break you," Braine added to the
"I'll get him," said the man sullenly.
Later, when he applied for a situa
tion on the Blade, it happened that
', there were two strikes on nand, and
two or three extra men were needed
I on the city staff. The man from the
Florence Falls Into a Bed of Quick
sand, Black Hundred was given a temporary
Job and went by the name of Gregg.
For three days he worked faithfully,
abstaining from hiB favorite tipple.
He had never worked In New York,
so his record was unknown. He had
told the city editor that he had worked
on a Chicago paper, now defunct.
He paid no attention whatsoever to
Norton, a sign of no little acumen.
On the other hand Norton never went
forth on an assignment that Gregg
did not know exactly where he was
eolng. But all these stories kept Nor-
ton ln town and il would be altogeth-
er to nto f"6 ?
anywhere but outside of town. So
Gregg had to abide his time.
It came soon enough.
Norton was idling at his desk when
the city editor called him up to the
"General Henderson has Just re
turned to America. Get his opinion
on the latest Balkan rumpus. He's
out at his suburban home. Here's the
"How long will you hold open for
me?" asked Norton, meaning how long
would the city editor wait for the
"Till one-thirty. You ought to be
back by midnight. It's only eight
"All right; Henderson's approach
able. I may get a good story out of
"Maybe," thought Gregg, who had
lost nothing of this conversation.
It was his opportunity. He imme
diately left (he zone of the city desk
for a telephone booth. But as he
passed the line of desks and busy
reporters he did not note the keen
scrutiny of a smooth faced, gray haired
man who stood at the side ot Norton's
desk awaiting the reporter's return.
"Why, Jones," cried the surprised
Norton. "What are you doing all this
way from home?"
"Orders," said Jones, smiling faint
ly as he delivered a note to the re
porter. "Anything serious?"
"Not that I am aware of. Miss Flor
ence was rather particular. She want-
ed to bo sure that the note reached .
Vmii linn I a ooolu1' I
-a., h .n tn . w v
rum. ourair anA latt hoi- alnno In that
Again Jones smiled. "I left her well
guarded, you may bo sure of that' She
will never run away again." He wait-,
ed for Norton to read the note.
It was nothing more than one ot1
those love order to come and call at.
once. And she had made Jone ven-
tnra intn tnwn with it! fhA rnnorter
' "eJ and put the note away tenderly,
And then ho caught Jones smiling, too.
"I'm going to marry her, Jones."
"That remains to be seon," replied
the butler, not unkindly.
"Well, anyhow, thanks for bringing
the note. But I've got to disappoint
her tonight. I'm off in a douce of a
hurry to interview General Hender
son. I'll be out to tea tomorrow. You
can find your way out of this old fire
The moment he turned away the
smile taded from Jones' faoo, and with
the quickness and nolselessnesB of a
cat he reached the side of the booth in
which Gregg believed himself so se
cure from eavesdropping. The half
dozen words Jones heard convinced
him that Norton was again the object
of the Black Hundred's attention. He
had seen the man's face that memora
ble night when the balloon stopped
for its passenger. Before Gregg came
out of the booth Jones decided to over
take him and forewarn him, but un
fortunately the reporter was nowhere
in (sight., j
Norton Was at His Desk.
There was left for Jones nothing
else but to return home or follow
when he came out. As this night he
knew Florence to be exceptionally well
guarded, both within and without the
house, he decided to wait and follow
When Braine received the message
he was pleased. Norton's assignment
fitted his purpose like a glove. Before
midnight he would have Mr. Meddling
Reporter where he would bother no
one for some time if he proved tract
able. If not, he would never bother
any one again. Braine gave his or
ders tersely. Unless Norton met with
unforeseen gelay, nothing could pre
vent his capture.
When Norton arrived at the Hen
derson place, a footman informed him
from the veranda that General Hen
derson was at 49 Elm street for the
evening, and It would be Wise to call
there. Jim nodded his thanks and set
off ln haste for 49 Elm street The
footman did not enter the house, but;
hurried down the steps and slunk off
among the adjacent shrubbery. His
mission was over with.
The house in Elm street was Bralne's
suburban establishment . He went
there occasionally to hibernate, as it
were, to grow a new skin when close
pressed. The caretaker was a man
rightly called Samson. He was a
"bruiser of the bouncer type.
It was fast work for Braine to get
out there. If the man disguised as a
footman played his cards badly Braia
would have all his trouble for noth
ing. He disguised himself with that
infernal cleverness which had long
since made him a terror to the police,
who were looking for ten different
men instead ot one. He knew that
Norton would understand instantly
I that he was not the general; but on
; the other hand he would not know
that he was addressing; Braine.
So the arch-conspirator waited; and
so Norton arrived and was ushered
into the room. A single glance was
I enough to satisfy the reporter, always
keen eyed and observant.
"I wish to see General Henderson,"
he said politely.
"General Henderson is doubtless at
his own bouse."
"Don't be alarmed yet," said
! "I am not alarmed," replied Norton.
, "I am only chagrined. Since General
Henderson is not to be found here
I must be excused."
"I will excuse you presently."
"Ah I I begin to see."
"Indeed!" mocked Braine.
"I have tumbled or walked into a
"A keen mind like yours must have
recognized that fact the moment you
discovered I was not the general."
"I am Indebted to the Black Hun-
We dq not wish you ill.
'7 b,e, . no!" Ironically. "What
w"h filing safes, poisoned cigarettes,
and toti l ,cn ,retady eoJ"la'
yu ave W wefaro a,heart Whf
" wafl " uddenneM with
wh'crh " affectionate signs ceased.'
'Tou're a man of heart, ' said Braina
with genuine admiration. "These Bf-
tectionate signs, as you call them,
ceased because for the tlmo being you
ceased to be a menace. You have
become that once more, and here you
"And what are you going to do with
mo now that you have got me?"
"Thero will bo two courses." Braine
reached Into a drawer and drew out
a thick roll of bills. "There are here
something like $5,000."
"Quito a tidy sum; enough for a
chap to get married on."
Tho two eyed each other steadily.
And ln his heart Brgine sighed. For
he eaw ln this young man's eyes in
corruptibility. "It is yours on one condition," said
Braine, reaching out his foot stealthily
toward the button which would sum
"And that is," interpolated Norton,
"that I join the Black Hundred."
"Or the great beyond, my lad," took
up Braine, his voice crisp and cold.
Norton could not repress a shiver.
Where had he heard this voice before
. . . Bralnel He stiffened.
"Murder in cold blood?" ha managed
"Indefinite imprisonment. Choose."
"I have chosen."
"H'm!" Braine rose and went over
to the sideboard for the brandy, "I'm
going to offer you a drink to show you
that personally there are no hard feel
ings. You are ln the way. After you,
our friend, Jones. This brandy is not
poisoned, neither are the glasses.
Choose either and I'll drink first We
are all desperate men, Norton; and we
stop at nothing. Your life bangs by
a hair. Do you know where Har
Norton eyed his liquor thoughtfully.
"Do you know where the money is.?"
Norton smelt ot the brandy.
"I am eorry," said Braine. "I should
have liked to win over a head like
Norton nonchalantly took out his
watch, and that bit of bravado per
haps saved his life. In the case of
his watch he saw a brutal face behind
him. Without a tremor, Norton took
up his glass.
"I am sorry to disappoint you," he
said, "but I shall neither join you nor
go to by-by."
Quick as a bird shadow above grass,
he flung the brandy over his shoulder
into the face of the man behind. Sam
son yelled with pain. Almost at the
same Instant Norton pushed over the
table, upsetting Braine with it. Next
he dashed through the curtains,
slammed the door, and fled to the
street, very shaky about the knees, if
the truth is to be told.
General Henderson's views upon the
latest Balkan muddle were missing
from the Blade the following morn
ing. Norton, instead of returning to
the. general's and fulfilling his assign
ment like a dutiful reporter, hurried
out to Riverside, to acquaint Jones
with what had happened. Jones was
glad to see him safe and sound.
"That new reporter started the
game," he said. "1 overhead a word
or two while he was talking in the
booth. All your telephone booths are
ramshackle affairs, you use them so
constantly. I tried to find you, but
you were out of sight Now, tell me
"Sh!" warned Norton as he spied
Florence coming down the stairs.
"I thought you ac'dn't come 1 " she
cried. "But ten o'clookl"
"I changed my mind," he replied,
He caught her arm ln his and drew
her toward the library. Jones smiled
after them with that enigmatical smile
of his, which might have signified
Irony or affection After half an
hour's chat, Florence, quite aware
that the two men wished to talk, re
tired. At the door Norton told Jones what
had taken place at 49 Elm street
"Ah! we must not forget that num
ber," mused Jones. "My advice is,
keep an eye on this Gregg chap. We
may get, somewhere by watching him."
"Do you know where Hargreave is?"-
Jones scratched his chin reflectively.
Norton laughed. "1 can't get. any
thing out of you."
"Much less any one else I'm grow
ing fond of you, my boy. You're a
"Thanks; and good-night."
When Olga Perlgoff called the next
day Jones divested himself of his llv
ery, donned a plain coat and hat, and
left the house stealthily. Today he
was determined to learn something
definite in regard to this suave, hand
some Russian. When she left the
house Jones rose from his hiding placo
and proceeded to follow her. The re
sult of this espionage on the part of
Jones will be seen presently.
Meantime Jim went down to the
office and lied cheerfully about his
missing the general. Whether the
city editor believed him or not Is of
no matter. Jim went over to his desk.
From the corner of his eye he could
see Grogg scribbling away. He never
raised his head as Jim Eat down to
read his mail. After awhile Gregg
rose and left the office; and, ot course,
Jim left shortly afterward. When the
newcomer saw that he was being fol
lowed, ho smiled and continued on his
way. This Norton chap was suspi
cious. All the better; his suspicions
should dq made tne uook to tana mm
with. By and by the man turned into
a drug store and Jim loitered about
till he reappeared. Gregg walked
with brisker stops now It was his in
tention to lead 'Norton on a wild goose
chase for-an hour or so, long enough
to give Braine time to arrange a wel
come at another bouse.
(To be continued)
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notable ones being found in California,
near San Francisco, and ln Missouri,
near St. Louis.
Notice of Appointment.
Estate of Noah Fawlev. Deceased .
Wrlflbt Fawley has been appointed and
qualified an executor of the estate of Noah
Dated this 30th day o' November A. b, 1&I4'
J. II. WoitLtr,
Probate Judge of Said County.
H. L. Wiggins, Attorney. adv
Toe Highland county Board of School Ex
aminers hereby gives notice that examina
tions ot Applicants for County Teachers'
Certificates will take place in the Wasting
ton School Building, HllUbqro, on the first
Saturday of September, October, January,
March, April, May and the last Friday of
June and August
As prescribed by law, the fee for these
examinations will be 60 cents,
H, D. Gali.iett, Lynchburg, Fres
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W. H. VAnoe, HUlsboro, Sec. ad 7
James N. Warlaumont whote place ot res
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the l2tb day of November, 19U, the under
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24th day of December, 1014.
Dated this 18th day of November, 19U.
Elizabeth E. Warlaumont.
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Notice Is hereby given that ln pursuance
of a resolution of the Council of the Village
of HUlsboro, passed on the 12th day of
rxoveniDer, mt. mere win oe suDmutea to
the qualified electors of said Village at a
special election, on the
15th Day of December, 1914,
at the usual voting places, the question of
Issuing nohds of said Village ln the sum of
Twenty Thousands Dollars lor the purpose
ot paying off the certificates of Indebted
ness of said Village heretofore issued by the
Council of said Village, and of the Indebted
ness of The HUlsboro Light & Fuel Company
against said Village.
Those who vote ln favor ot the proposi
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have wltten or printed on their ballots the
words "For the issue of bonds." and those
who vole against the same shall have writ
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"Against the Issue of bonds."
November 13th, 1914.
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November SO, 1914,.
The funeral of Wm. Mull was held
at the M.;E. Church Saturday at 10 a.
m. Services were conducted by Rav.
Van B. Wright ; Interment at Gyn
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Mrs. J. J. Amen.has returned to her
home at Cedar Rapids, la., after an
extended; visltwlth her sister, Mrs.
O. C. Wickerham.
Rev. JDiepert Is conducting a series
of meetings atJConway's Chapel.
A Thanksgiving program was glven
at the M.E. Churcbl Thursday even
ing. Mrs. Wm.Overholser and daughter,
Juanita, ofJSprlngfleld, have been the
guests of relatives here.
Mrs. John,' Tolle "took dinner with
Mrs. Dora Tolle,lMonday.
Mrs. Margaret 'Chapman, of Win
chester, spent a few (days last week
with relatives here.
, Mrs. Jennie Miller spent Thursday
with Mrs. Louisa. Lawson.
Mrs. JohniNace and daughter, Mrs.
Edyth Covan.i spent Thursday with
Mrs. Rose Toole and daughter, Bea
trice, spent one ,day last week- with
Mr. and Mrs. John Tolle, east of town.
Mrs. Jennie McKeehan spent a few
days last week with her sister, Mrs.
Richard Reynolds, at Peebles.
J. E. Chapmanand wife spent last
Thursday with relatives at FdrtHill,
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