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For an Instant They Were Swiylng Back and Forth.
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COPVHtOHT lOT Th ROI M I NIL L f O.
""Mad" Dan Maltland. oil reaching- his
New York bachelor club, met an attrac
tive young woman at the. door. Janitor
Duncan assured him no ono had been
within that dnr. Dan discovered a worn
in's linger prints In dust on his desk,
lion with letter from his attorney.
Maltland dined with Uaonerman, Jils at
torney. Dan set' oot for Cr.enflnlds, to
Jet his family Jewels. During his walk
o the country seat, he met the rounn
woman In gray, whom he had seen leav-
fig his bachelors' club. Her auto had
roken down. Ho axed IU lly a ruse she
"lost"' him. Maltland. on renchlne home,
lurprlsed lady In Kray, cracklnc the safe
:ontatnlng "his " gfinn. She, -apparently,
teok him for a well-known crook. Daniel
Anlsty. Ilalf-hypnoUxcd. .Maltland opened
bis safe, took therefrom the Jewels, and
tave them to her, first forming- a part
nership In -crime.
CHAPTER IV. Continued.
The Interior of the safe wai re
Tcacd lri a shape little different from
that of the ordinary household strong
box. There wero several account
books, ledgers and tho like, together
with some packagqs of docketed bills,
Ja the pigeon holes. "The cash box,
Itself a Bafe within 'a "safe, showed a
blank face broken by' a small combi
nation dial. Behind this. In a bo
creted compartment, the Maltland heir
looms languished, half forgotten of
their headless owuer.
The cash box comblpatlon offered
1 less difficulty than had the outer dial.
Maltland had It open In. a .twinkling.
Then, brazenly lifting out the Inner
framework bodily, ho thrust a fum
bling liand Into the aperturo thus dis
closed and pressed the spring, re
leasing the panel at tho back. It dis
appeared as though by witchcraft,
and Uie splash of light from the bull's
eye discovered a canvas bag squatting
humbly In the secret compartment; a
fat little Canvas bag, considerably soiled
from much handling, such as Is used
by banks for coin, a sturdy, matter-of-met,
every-day sort of canvas bog,
with nothing about It of hauteur, no
air of solf-lmpartanco or ostentation,
to betray the fact that it was the re
ceptacle of a small fortune.
At Maltland's ear, Incredulous:
''How did you guess?" she breathed,
Ife took thought and breath, both
br.efly, and prevarlcatod shamolessly;
"Bribed the head clerk of th safe
manufacturer who built this,"
Hlslng, ho passed over to tho center
tnble, the girl following. "Steady with
the light," he Whlsnored; and loosed
tho string around the mouth of the
bag, pouring Its contents, a glistening,
priceloss, Homing, Irldltcent treasure
horde, upon tho table.
"Oil!" said a small volco at his side.
And again and again: "Oh, Oh! Oh!"
Maltland himself was moved by the
wonder of It. The Jewels seemed to
till the room with a Hashing, amazing,
coruscant glamour, ratnbowMIko, Ills
breath came hot and fast ;as ho gazed
upon tho trovo; a queen's ratnsoni, a
fortune Incalculable even to -Its owner.
As for tiio giri, ho, though,' that tho
wonder of It must have struck her
dumb, Not a sound came from the
Dot where she stood.
Then, abruptly, tho sun went out;
at least, such was the effect; the light
of tho hand lamp vanished utterly,
leaving a partly-colored blur swim
ming against the Impenetrable hlack
ness. before his eyes..
Ills lips opened; but a small hand
fell firmly "upon his own, and a tiny,
tremulous whisper shrilled la his car.
"Hush ub. hush!"
"Steady . . . soma one coming.
. . . tho iewcjs."
He heard Uio'dull musical' clash of
them as her hands swept them back
Into tho bag, and a cold, sickening fear
rendered him almost faint with tho
sense, of trust misplaced, Illusion, re
solved Into brutal realities. His fingers
closed convulsively about her wrists;
but alio held passive.
"Ah, but I might have expected
that!' camo her reproachful whisper.
"Tako them, then, my ray partner
that was." Her tone cut llko a knife,
and tho touch of tho canvas bag, as
she forced It into hjs hands, was hate
ful to him.
"Forgive mo " he began.
For a Bpaco he obeyed, the silence
at first seeming, tremendous; then,
faint but distinct, he heard tho Unklo
and slldo of tho brazen rings support
ing tho smoking room portiere.
His hand sought tho girl's; she had
not moved, and tho cool, firm pressure
of her fingers steadied him. He
"Quick!" ho told her In tho least of
whlspcrH. "Lcavo by tho window you
opened and wait for me by the motor
There was no time to remonstrate
with her. Already ho bad slipped away,
shaping a courso for tho entrance to
the passage. Hut tho dominant thought
in his mind was that at all costs the
girl must bo spaicd tho exposure. She
wes to bo saved, whatever the hazard.
The tapestry rustled, but he was
yet too far distant to spring. He
crept on with the crouching, vicious
attltudo, tnontal and physical, of a
panther stalking Its proy,
I.lko a thunderclap from a clear sky
tho glaro of tho light broko out from
the celling. Maltland paused, .trans
fixed, on tiptoe, eyes Incredulous, brain
striving to grapplo with tho astounding
discovery that had come to him.
Tho third factor stood in the door
way. Blonder and tall, In opening dress
as was Maltland a light, full over
coat hanging open from bis shoulders;
ono hand holding back the curtain, the
other arrested on the light switch. His
Up dropped open and his eves, too,
wuro protruding with amazoment. i'a
ture for fuaUro ho was the counter
part of tho man boforo him; in a word,
hero was tho real Anlsty,
Th a wondw of It all saved the day
for Maltland: Anlitr'a astonishment
was sincere aid t moro complete
In that, unl fcu Maltland, be bad boon
nnprriared to find any ontt la the
For a mere second his gaze left
Maltland and traveled on lo tho girl,
then to tho rilled safe taking lit tho
wbolo significance of Iho scene. When
ho poke, It wan at If dazed.
"Ily Owl!" ho cried or, rather, tho
syllables seemed to Jump from his
lips llko bullets from n gun.
Tho words shattered tho tableau. On
their echo Maltland sprang and fas
tened his fingers nround tho nthor'a
throat. Carried off his feet by tho
sheer ferocity of tho aswiult, Anlsty
gave ground a little. For an Instant
they wore swaying back nnd forth,
with advantage to neither. Then tho
burglar's collar slipped nnd somohow
tore from its stud, ghlng Maltland's
h:inds freer play. His grasp tightened
about tho man's gullet, ho shook him
mercilessly. Anlsty staggered, gasped,
reeled, struck Maltland once or twice
upon tho chest feeble, wolghtless el
bow Jabs that went for nothing, then
concentrated his energies In a vain
attempt to wrench tho hands from his
throat. Heeling, tearing at Maltland's
wrists, fnco empurpling, eyes staring
In agony, he stumbled. Mercilessly
Maltland forced him to his knees and
bullied him across tho floor toward tho
nearest lounge with premeditated de
sign; finally succeeding In throwing
him flat; and knelt upon his chest, re
talntng his grip but refraining from
As It was, all strength and thought
of roslstanco had been choked out of
Anlsty. He lay at length, gasping
Maltland glanced over his shoulders
and saw tho girl moving forward, ap
parently making for tho snitch. 1
'No!" ho crlod. peremptorily. "Don't
turn off tho light pleasel"
"Hut " sbo doubted.
' Let mo have those curtain cords, it
ycu please," ho requested, shortly,
She followed his gaze to tho win
daws, Interpreted his wlshos, and was
very quick to carry them out. In a
trlco sho was offorlng him half a
dozen of tho heavy, twisted silk cords
that had been used to loop back the
Soft yet strong, they wore excellent
ly well adapted to Maltland's needs.
Unceremoniously he swung his cnptlvo
over on his side, bringing his neck and
ankles In Juxtaposition to the legs of
that substantial pleco of furnlturw, the
His hands, the first to be secured, and
tightly, behind his back, Anlsty lay
helpless, glaring vindictively the while
gradually liu recovered consciousness
and strength. Maltland cared little
for his otll glances; he was busy. Tho
burglar's ankles were next bound .to
gether and to tha lounge leg; and, an
Instant later, a brace of half-hltcbcs
about the man's neck and the nearest
support entirely eliminated him as a
possible factor In subsequent events.
"Those loops around your throat,"
Maltland warned him curtly, "are
loose enough now, but If you s truss! a
they'll tighten and strangle) you. Un
derstandT" Anlsty nodded, making an Inco
herent sound with his swollen tongue.
At which Maltland frowned, smitten
thoughtful with a now consideration.
"You mustn't talk, you know," he
mused half aloud; and, whipping forth
a handkerchief, gagged Mr. Anlsty.
After which, breathing hard and in a
roazo of perplexity, ho got to his feet.
Already his hearing, quickened by tho
emergency, had apprised him of tho
situation's Imminent hazards. It
needed not the girl's hurried whisper,
"Tho servants!" to warn him of their
dengcr. From the rear wing of the
mansion the sounds of hurrying feet
wero distinctly audible, as, presently,
wero tho heavy, excited voices of mpn
and tho moro shrill and frightened
cries of women.
Heedless of her displeasure, Malt
land seized tho girl by tho arm and
nrged her or-r to tho open window.
"Don't hang back!"' he told her ner
vously. "You must get out of this bo
foro they seo you. Do as I toll you,
please, and wo'll savo ourselves yet!
If wo both make a run for It, wo'ro
lost. Don't you understand?"
"No. Why?" alio demanded, reluc
tant, spirited, obstinate and lovely In
"If he wero nnybody else," Maltland
Indicated, with a Jerk of his head to
ward tho burglar. "Ilut didn't you
boo? Ho must bo Maltland and ho's
my double I'll stay, brnzen It out,
then, as soon as possible, mako my cs
capo and Join you by tho gate. Your
motor's there wait! He ready for
But she had grasped his Intention
acd was suddenly become pliant to his
will. "You're wonderful!" sho told
him with a little low laugh; and was
goite silently as a spirit.
Tho curtains fell behind her In long,
straight folds; Maltland sttllod their
swaying with a touch, and stepped
back Into tho room. For a moment ho
caught tho eye of tho follow on the
floor; It was upturned to his, sardonic
ally Intelligent. Hut tho lord of tho
manor had llttlo tlmu to dobate con
sequences. Abruptly tho door was flung wide
and a short stout man, clutching up
his trousers with a frantic hand, burst
into tno iiDrary, uranuisning over
head a rampant rovolver.
"'Ands hup!" he cried, leveling at
Maltland. And then, with a fallen
countenance: "Q-r-r-roat 'ravins, sir!
You. MUler Maltland, sir!"
"Ah, Hlgglns," his employer greettd
tho butler blandly.
Hlgglns pulled up, thundorstmck,
panting and perspiring with agitation.
His fat cheeks- quivered like tho wat
tles of u gobbler, and his eyes bulged
an, by degrees, hu becamo alive to the
Maltlund began to exDlaln. forestall
ing the nnibarrassmonts of crocs exam-'
"Uy the merest accident, lilgglna, I
wa passing In my ear wlrh a rrty el
friends. Just for a Joke I thought I'd
steal up to tho houio and see huw you
wero behaving yourselves, 11 hanc
again I happened to too this light
through tho library windows," And
Maltland, putting nn Incautious hand
tiron tho bull's eye on the desk, with
drew It tntlnnlly, with nn oxclnmatloa
of annoyance and four scorched fin
gers. "He's been at tho safe,' ho added
quickly, diverting attention from him
self. "1 was Just In tlmo."
"My wor-trd!" said Hlgglns. with
emotion. Then quickly; "Did 'o get
nnythln', do you think, sir?"
Maltland shook his head, scowling
over tho butler's burly shoulders at the
rapidly augmenting concourse of serv
ants In the hallwny lackeys, grooms,
maids, cooks, and what-not; n back
ground of pale, scared faces to the
tableau In the library. "This won't
do." contldored Maltland. "(let beck,
all of you!" he ordcrod, aternly, Indi
cating tho group with a dominant and
Inflexible forefinger. "Thote who are
wanted will be sent for. Now got
Hlgglns, you may stay."
"Yes, sir. Yes, air. Hut wot as
"orrld 'nppenln', sir, If you'll permit
"I won't. Ho quiet and listen. Thlt
man Is Anltty--Handsomo Dan Anltly,
tho notorious Jewel thief, wanted badly
by the police of a dozen cities, You
understand? ... I'm going now
to motor to the village and get th
conttnblet; I may," he Invented, des
perately, "be delayed may have to get
a detectlvo from llrooklyn. If thlt
scoundrel stirs, don't touch him. Let
him alone ho can't escape If you do.
Above all things, don't you dare to re
movo that gag!"
"Most cort'lnly, sir. I shall bear la
mind wot you says"
"You'd best." grimly. "Now I'm o.f.
No; I don't want any attendance I
know my way. And don't touch
that man till I return."
"Very good, sir."
Maltland stepped over to the safe,
glanced within, cursorily, replaced a
bundle of papera which ho did net re
call disturbing, closed the door and
twirled tho combination.
"Nothing gone," he announced. An
Inarticulate gurgle from the prostrate
man drew a black scowl from Mali
land, llecoverlng, "Rood morning." h
said politely to the butler, and striding
out of the house by tho front door
was enrt-ful to slam that behind htm,
ere darting Into the shadows.
The moon was down, the sky a cold,
opaque gray, overcatt with a light
drift of cloud. The park secme-I very
dark, very dreary; a icarchlng breeze
was sweeping Inland from the sound,
touching sadly In tho tree tops; a
chill humidity permeated the air. pre
cursor of rain. The young man ahlr
ercd, both with chill and reaotlutv from
the tension of the emergency Just past.
He was aware of an Instantaneous
lots of heart, a subsidence- of the
elation which had upheld him through
out tho adventure; and to ocar thlt,
to forget or overcome It, took Imme
diately to his heels, scampcrlnc madly
for tho road, oppressed with fear lett
ho should find tho girl gone with the
That she should prove untrue, faith
less, lacking even that honor which
Vtoterblally obtains In tho society of
criminals a consideration of sucV a
pottlblllty was Intolerable, at much
so as tho sutpente of Ignorance. He
could not, would not, believe her
capablo of Ingratltudo to rank; and
fought fiercely, unreatonlngly. agalntt
the conviction that the would have fol
lowed hor thievish Instincts and
made off with the booty. ... A
Judgment meet and right upon him
for hi madness!
Heart In mouth, ho reached the
gates, passing through without dis
covering Jirr, and was struck dumb
ni.d "wltlcst with relief when sho
stepped qulctlj from tho shadows of
a low branching tree, offering him a
"Como." sho said, quietly. "This
Without being exsctly conscious of
what he was about ho caught the
hand In both his own. "Then." ho ex
ulted almost passlonatoly "thon yon
His volco choked In h!a throat, llet
face, momentarily upturned to his,
gleamed palo nnd weary In the dreary
llzht; tho face of a tired child,
troubled, saddened; yet with eyes In
expressibly sweet She turned away,
tugging at her hand.
(TO UU CONTINUED.)
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