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She Had Watched the House from the Window of a Top-Fleer Hall Bed
room In the Doardlng-Houie Opposite.
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"Mad" Dsn Maltland. on rachlnc his
Neir Vork bachelor club, met an nttrac
1 1 v younz woman at the door. Janitor
O'Uaftan assured him no one hail been
wltlln that ilar. Dan discovered ft worn
nn'c flnser prints In dust on Ids desk,
aloiitc with u letter from his attorney.
M.Jtlahd dined with Itannerman. his at
tcrnrV Dan net out for Greenfields, to
Ket his family Jewels. During his walk
to he country scat, he met the youni;
cnan In jiray. whom h had seen leav
ing his bachelors club. Her aUto had
trocendown. He flxtd It. Ily a ruse she
"lout" him. Maltland, on reaclilnjt home,
stirprljcrt lady in Bray, cracking the safe
containing- his Krms, She. apparently,
took him for a. well-known crook. Daniel
nlsty Half-hypnotized. Maltland opened
his safe, took therefrom the Jewels, and
ifae them ti her. first formfnc a part
nership In crime. Tha real Dan Anlsty,
souKht by pollca of the world, appeared
nn the same mission. Maltland overcame
him. He met the girl outside the house
jind they sped on to New York In her au
to. He had the Jewels and she promised
lo mi-et him that day, Maltland received
n ' Mr Bnalth," Introducing himself as a
detective. To shield the Blrl In gray,
Maltland. ahout to show him the Jew
els, supposedly lost, was felled by a blow
from "Hnaltli's" cane. The latter proved
to bo Anlsty himself and he secured the
cems. Anlsty. who was Maltland's dou
ble, masqueraded as the latter. The
rlmlnat kept Maltland's encasement with
the Ctrl In gray. He Rave her the rems,
'ter falllnir In love at first sight. They
were to meet and divide the loot Malt
lind revived and regretted missing his
CHAPTER VIII. Continued.
"Very good, sor." The Janltor-valet
liad previous experiences with Malt
land's generosity In grateful memory;
nnd shut his lips tightly in promise
of virtuous reticence.
"You -won't regret it Now tell mo
what you mean by saying that you snw
me go out at one this afternoon?"
Again, the flood gates were lifted;
from the deluge of explanations and
protestations Maltland extracted the
general drift ot narrative. And In the
vni held up his hand for silence.
"I think I understand, now. You say
lie had changed to my gray suit?"
O'l lagan darted Into the bedroom,
whence he emerged with confirmation
of his statement.
" "lis gono, sor, an "
"All right. But." with a rueful smile.
"I'll talte the liberty of countermand
ing Mr. Snail Ii'b order. It ho should
pall ugaln, O'ilagan, I very much want
to see him."
"faith, and 'tis mcsllf will have a
worrud or two to whisper In the ear
nv him. sor." announced O'ilagan,
Tra Bfrol',1 thp opportunity will bo
Jacking Yoti may fix tno a hot bath
nor, O 'Hasan, and put out my even
ing clothes, I'll dlno at the club to
night and may not bo baclr."
And, rising, Maltland approached a
mirror; bofore which ho lingered for
several iniiit.es; cataloguing, his In
juries, Taken altogether, they
mnounled to little. The swelling of
Lis wrists and ankles was subsiding
gradually) thre wtts sllnlit redness
vlalblqja the jcorqors of his. mouth,
aud a shadow of discoloration on his
xlcht tenipla sonielhlus that could bo
concealed by brushing his hair In a
"I think I shall do," concluded Malt
land; "there's nothing to exclto partic
ular comment The bulk of the sore
ness Is inside."
Seven p. m.
"Time," said the short and thick set
man casualty, addressing' no one In
lie shut the lid of his watch with a
snap and returned the timepiece to
his waistcoat pocket. Simultaneously
he surveyed both sides ot the short
block between Seventh and St. Nich
olas avenues with one comprehensive
Presumably he saw nothing ot Inter
est to him. It was not a particularly
Interesting block, for that matter,
though somewhat typical ot the neigh
borhood. The north side was lined
with flve-story flat buildings, their
dlngy-rcd brick, facades regularly
broken by equally dingy brownstono
sloops, as to tho ground floor, by open
windows as to those above. The south
side was mostly taken up by a tow
ering whlto apartment hotel with an
ostentatious entrance; against ono of
whose polished stono pillars the short
and thick-set man was lounging.
The sidewalks, north and south,
swarmed with children of assorted
ages, playing with the ferocious en
ergy characteristic of the young ot
Harlem; their blood-curdling cries and
premature Fourth-of-July flroworks
created an appalling dlu, to which,
however, tho moro mature denizens
had apparently become callous, through
lleyond the party-colored lights ot a
drug storo window on Seventh avenue,
the electric arcs were casting a sickly
radiance upon the dusty leaves ot tho
tree-lined drive. The avenue ltsuif
was crowded with motor cars, and
horse-drawn pleasure vehicles, mostly
bound uptown, their occupants seeking
tho cooler airs and wider spaces to be
found I Jyonil tho Harlem rlvor and
along tho Speedway. A few blocks to
tho west Cathedral heights bulked llko
a great wall, wrapped In purple shad
ows, Its Jagged, contour stark against
an evening sky of suavo old rose.
Tho short and thick-set body, how
ever, seemed to hare no particular ap
preciation of tho. beauties of nature aB
exhibited by West Ono Hundred and
Eighteenth street on a, summer's even
ing. Jf anything, he cou'd apparently
hare desired a cooling breeze; for,
after a inomont's doubtful considera
tion, bo unbuttoned his waistcoat and
heaved a sigh of relict'. ,
Then, carefully shifting the butt of
a dead cigar from ono corner of his
mouth to tho othor, where it was al
most hidden by tho jutting thatch of
Ills black mustache, and drawing down
over his eyes' the brim ot a rusty plug
hat, he tht 'ist tut hands Into tho poclc
qti ot his shabby trousers and, lounged
m'alust tb.6 polished iilllac cvea more
cnerKetlcally than before, if that were
possible, An tinromnntlc, apathetic
flgurtv fitting o naturally Into his sur
roundings as to demand no second look
oven from tho most observant; yet one
seeming lo possess n magnetic attrac
tion for tho eyes ot tho hallboy ot the
npartmcnt hotel (who, acquainted by
sight and hearsay with tho stout Gen
tleman's identity and calling, bont
upon him a steadfast and adoring re
gard), as well as for tho policeman
who lorded It on tho 8t. Nicholas nvc
nuo cornor, In front of tho real nstnt
office, and who from time to tlmo
shifted his contemplation from tho In
flnlto spaces ot tho heavens, tha better
to exchango n furtlvo nod with the
Idler in tho hotel doorway.
Presently nt no grent lapse of time
after tho short and thick set man hnd
stowed nway his watch cut of tho
thronged sidewalks of Seventh avenue
a mnn appeared, walking west on the
north side of the street and rovlowlng
carelessly tho numbers on the Illumin
ated fanlights; a tall man, dressed nil
In gray, and swinging a thin walking
The short, thick-set person assumed
a mien of snore Intenio abstraction
Tho tall man In gray paused Indefi
nitely before tho brownstono stoop of
the houso numbered 205, then swung
up tho steps and Into tho vestlbulo.
Hero ho halted, bending over to scru
tinize tho names on tho letter boxes.
Tho short, thick-set man reluctantly
detached himself from his polished
p'llar and waddled ungracefully across
Tho policeman on tho corner seemed
suddenly Interested In Seventh ave
nue, nnd walked In that direction.
Tho gray man, having vainly dc
c'phered all the names on ono side
of tho vestibule, straightened up and
turned his nttcntlon to tho opposlto
wall, either unconscious ot or indif
ferent to tho shuffle of feet on tho
stoop behind him.
The short, thick-set man removed
one hand from n pocket nnd tapped tho
gray man gently on tho shoulder.
"Lookln for McCabc. Anlsty r he
Tho gray roan turned slowly, exhib
iting n countenance blank with niton
Ishment. "Beg pardon?" ho drawled;
and then, with n dawning gleam ot
recognition In bis eyes: "Why, good
evening, Hlckey! What brings you
up this way?"
The short, thick set man permitted
his jaw to droop nnd his eyes to pro-1
truuo tor somo scconus. uu, no
mid In a tono ot great disgust, "hell I"
He pulled himself together with nn
effort. "Excuse me. Mr. Maltland," ho
stammered, "I wnsn't lookln for yeh."
"To tho contrary, I gather from your
gicetlng you weio expecting our
friend, Mr. Anlsty?" And tho gray
Hlckey smiled In sympathy, but with
less evident relish of the situation's
"That's right," he admitted. "Goa
tip from tho c'mtn'ner's office this
evening that Anlsty would bo hero nt
seven o'clock lookln for a party
named McCabc. I guess It's a bum tip,
all right; but ot course I got to look
"Most assuredly." Tho gray man
bent and Inspected the names again.
"I am hunting up an old friend." he
explained, carelessly; "a man named
Simmons knew him in college down
on . his luck wroto me yesterday.
Thcro ho Is: Fourth floor, cast. I'll
see you when I come down, I ho;e, Mr.
Tho automatic lock clicked and the
door swung open; the gray man pass
ing through and up tho stairs. Hlckey,
ostentatiously Ignoring the existence
ot tho policeman, returned to his post
At eight o'clock ho was still there,
At 8:30 he was still there, wearing
a puzzled expression.
At nlno ho called tho adoring hall
boy, gave htm a quarter with minute
Instructions, and saw him disappear
Into tho hallway of No. UOS. Three
minutes later tho boy was back,
breathless but enthusiastic.
"Missis Simmons," ho explained be
tween gasps, "says she ain't never
heard of nobody named Maltland.
Somebody rang her bell a while ago
on' apologized for disturbing her said
ho wanted tho folks on the top floor.
I guess yor mnn went ncrost tho roofs;
them houses is all connected, and yuh
c'n walk clear from the cornor here
tuh half-way up tub Nineteenth street,
on Sain' Nicholas avenoo."
"lUihuh," laconically returned tho
detective. "Thanks." And turning on
his heel, walked westward.
The policeman crossed the street
to detain him for a inomont's chat,
"I guess It's nil off. Jim," Hlckey
told him. "Somo ono must 'vo tipped
that crook oft. Anyway, I ain't goln'
to wait no longer."
"I wouldn't neither." agreed tho uni
formed member. "Say, who's ycr
friend yeh was talkln' tub, 'while
"Oh, a frlon' of mine, Yeh didn't have
no call to git oxcltcd then, Jim.
And Hlckey proceeded westward, a
listless and preoccupied man by the
vacant oyo of him. Hut when Tie
emerged into thq glar'o ot Klglitu ave
nuo his faco was unusually red. Which
may have been duo to tlio heat. And
just before boarding a downtown sur
face car, "Oh," be enunciated with gus
to, "hell I"
Ono a. m.
Not, until the rich and mellow chime
had merged into the stillness did the
Intruder daro again draw breath. Com
ing as It had tbe vory moment that
tho door had clpeed noiselessly behind
her the double stroko had soundod to
her llko n knell; or. perhaps more llko
tho prelude to tho wild alarum of a
tocsin, .first itrlMntc Iter hfftrt stfrf
with terror, men urging it into ps-aic
Hut these, as the minutes drew on,
mnrked only by tho dull methodic tick
Inrc of tho clock, quletc-di nnd nt
length she mustered coumga to move
from the door, ngalnst which alio had
flat toned hereolf, one hand clutching
tho knob, ready to pull It ofn and fly
upon tho first aggressive seund.
In tho Interval her eyes had become
accustomed to the darkness. The
study door showed a palo oblong on
her right; to her loft, nnd a Httlo to
ward tho rear ot tho flat, tho door of
Maltland's bed chamber stood nj.ir.
To this sho tiptoed, standing upon tha
threshold nnd listening with every
fiber ot her being. No sounds as ot
tho regular respiration ot a slocpcr
warning her. sho nt length peered
stealthily within; simultaneously sho
pressed tho button of an electric hand
lamp. Its circumscribed blaze wavered
over pillows nnd counterpart spottesi
Then for tho first tlmo she breathed
freely, convinced that she had been
right In surmising that Maltland
would not return that night.
Slnco early evening sho had watched
tho house from the window ot a top
floor hall bodronm In the boarding
houso opposite. Shortly before sovon
she had seen Maltland, stiff and
uncompromising In rigorous even
ing dress, leave in n cab. Since
then only onco had ft light appeared In
hU rooms; at about halt nttcr nlno the
Jnnltor had appeared In tho study,
turning up tho gas nnd going to tho
telephone. Whatever tho nature of
the communication received, the girl
had taken It to indicate that Maltland
had decided to spend the night else
where; for the atudy light had
burned for some ten minutes, during
which tho janitor could occasionally be
seen moving mysteriously about, and
something later, boarlng a suitcase,
he had loft tho house nnd shuffled
rapidly eastward to Madison avenue.
So sho felt convinced that she had
all the small hours before her, secure
from Interruption. And this time, she
told herself, sho purposed making as
surance doubly suro.
Hut first to guard against discovery
from the street.
Turning back throiiRh tho hall, shn
dispensed with tho hand-lamp, enter
ing the darkened study. Here all win
dows had been closed and the outer
shades drawn O'Hagsn's last act bo
fore leaving with tho sult-caso addi
tional proof that Maltland was not ex
pected back that night For tho tem
perature was high, tho air In the
closed room stifling.
Crossing to tho windows, the girl
drew down tho dark green Inner
shades and closed tho folding wooden
shutters over them. And was con
scious of a deeponod senso of security.
Next going to the telephone, she re
moved tho receiver from tho hook nnd
let It hang at tho full length ot the
cord. In tho dead silence the small
voice of Central was clearly articu
late: "What number? Hello, what
nunibor?" followed by the grumbllnn
of tho armature as the operator tried
fruitlessly to ring tbe disconnected
boll. Tho girl smiled faintly, aware
that there would now be no Interrup
tion from nn Inopportune call.
Thcro remained ns a final precau
tion only a grand tour ot the flat;
which she made expeditiously, passing
swiftly nnd noiselessly (ono contem
plating midnight raids docs not nttlra
one'k self In silks and starched thtnss)
from room to room, nil comfortably
empty. Satisfied nt last, sho found
herself again In the study, and now
boldly, mind at rest, lighted tho brass
student lamp with tho green shade,
which sho discovered on tbe desk.
Standing, hands resting lightly on
hips, breath coming quickly, cheeks
Hushed and eyes alight with somo In
timate and Inscrutable emotion, aha
surveyed tho room. Out of the dusk
that lay beyond the plash ot Illumina
tion beneath tho lamp, tho furniture
began to take on familiar shapes; the
divans, tho heavy loathcrcushloncd
easy chairs, the tall clock with Its pal
lid staring face, tho smnll tables and
tabourettos. handily disposed for the
reception of books and magazines and
pipes nnd glasses, the towering, old
fashioned mahogany book case, tbe
uscloss, ornamental, beautiful Chip
peudulo escritoire, la ono corner; all
somrvrly shadowed and all combining,
to d Iff ii so an Impression of qulot, easy
Just such a study as he would natur
ally have, Sho nodded silent approba
tion ot It as it whole. And, nodding,
sat down at tho desk, planting elbows
on Its ixillshed surfnee, Interlacing hor
flngoni and cradling her chin upon
their backs, turned suddenly pensive.
Tho mood held hor but briefly. She
had no tlmo to wnste, and much to
accomplish. . . . Sitting back,
her lingers Longht and pressed th
clasp of hor hand-hag and produced
two nrtlcles a golden cigarette cssu
und n slightly soiled canvas bag. The
Maltland Jewels woro returning by a
Unvlous way, to the their owner.
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