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"Mad" Dsn MaltUml. on rMehlnir hi
New Vork bachelor club, mM on ultr.e
ilv. younK womsn at th tloor. Janitor
O'llagan iwitired him no on Tina an
within (tint ilny Dun tllioovrrcil worn-
n' flnirrr prints In ! on ni .
inni- uiih n lttr from his attorney
MaltUml illnml with Hunncrman. liU at
lornry. Dan art out for UrcrnnMa. to
Krt his family Jfwrls. Uurinic III walk
to the country neat, he mot the younff
woman in Bniy. wnnm ne nau nrn
Ine his bachelors' club. Her nuto h;l
bro'irn ilown. Ho nroO It. Hy a ru hn
lost" him Maltland, on rraclilne home.
iurprll lady In uray, cracMnK the aafo
rontaininir ins crm. nnr. tiiM.rrmj,
look hlrn for a well-known crook. Daniel
Anlaty. Ualf-hynnotliel. Maltlan.l openeil
his safe, took therefrom the Jewels, nntl
rave them to her, first formfnic a Part
nership In crime. The real Pan Anlsty,
sought by police of the world, appeared
on the same mission. Maltland overcame
him. Ho met the Klrl outside the house
and they sped on to New York In her au
lo. He had the Jewels and eh promised
to meet him that day Maltland received
a "Mr flnalth." IntroduclnR himself as a
detective. To shield the Klrl In Bray.
Maltland. nlxiut to show him the Jew
ls, supposedly lost, was felled by a blow
from ''.SnnlthV cans. The latter proved
to be Anlaty himself and ho secured the
Eems. Anlsty. who was Maltland's dnu
le. masqueraded as the latter The
rrlmlnal kept Midland's enMKfment with
the girl In irray He save her the irems,
after falling In love at first slRht They
were to meet and divide the loot Malt
land revived and regretted mlsstnK his
rntrsRemcnt. Anlsty masquerading as
Maltland. narrowly avoided capture
IhroiiBli mysterious' tip. The jflrl In (tray
visited Mnltland's apartments during his
absence nnd returned gems, belnir dls
iWered on return. K Maltland, without
rash, called up his home nnd heanl a
woman's vol expostulating. Anlsty
disguised as Msltland, told her his real
Identity and realising himself tricked
tried to wrln from hsr the location of
CHAPTER Xr Continued,
"IJy tho powers, I forBot tor a mo
ment! So you thought mo Maltland,
eh? Well, I'm sorry I didn't under
stand that from the first. You'ro so
quick, nj a rule, you know I confess
you diiyed me neatly this aftcrnpon
that I supposed you were wlso and
only afraid that I'd plve you-what you
desortc. If they had" sent any one but
..that stupid nss, Illclccy, to nab mc, I'd
ho In the, cooler now. As It was, you
kindly selected the very best kind of
it bouse for my purpose; I went
straight up to the roofs and out
throush a bulldlne round the corner."
But the shock of discover)', with Its
attendant revulsion of feeljng. had
been too much for her. She collapsed
suddenly-In the chair, eyes half closed,
face palld as a mask of death.
Anlsty regarded her In silence for a
meditative Instant, then, taking up
tho lamp, strode down Iho hall to the
pantry, returning presently with a
Class brimmlns with an amber-tinted,
effervescent Hqt Id.
"Champagne." ha. announced, licking
his ?Jps. "Wish I bad Mattland's
means to gratify my palate. Ho knows
good wlno. Here, my dear, gulp this
down," placing the glass to tho girl's
Vps and raising her head that she
might swallow without strangling.
As It was she choked and gasped,
but after a moment began to show
some signs of having benefited by the
draught, a faint color dawning In her
"That's some better," commended
the burglar, not unkindly. "Now, If
you please, we'll stop talking pretty
and get down to brass tacks. Duck up,
now, and answer my questions. And
don't be afraid; I'm holding no great
grudge for what you did this after-
soon. I appreciate pluck and grit as
much as anybody, I guess, though I do
thluk you ran It pretty close, peach
ing on a pal after you'd lifted the
Jowols. I)y the way, why did you
"Ilecause IJut you wouldn't under
stand If I tcld you."
"I suppose not I'm not much good
splitting sentimental hairs;. Hut Malt
, land must have been pretty decent to
you to make you go so far. Speaking
of which, where aro thoy?"
"Don't sidestep. We understand one
another. I know you've brought back
the Jewels. Whore have you stowod
The wlno had fulfilled Its mission,
endowed her with fresh strongth and
renewed spirit. Sho was thinking
quickly, every wit nlcrt.
"I won't tell you."
"Won't eh? That's an admission
that tliey'ro here, you know. And you
, may as well know I propose to have
'em. Fair means or foul, tako your
pick. Whore, are they?"
"I have told y6u I wouldn't tell."
"I'vo known pluckier women than
ou to change their minds, under pres
sure." He catno nearer, bending over,
face close to her, eyes savage, and
gripped hor wrists none too gently.
-Joll me K'.
"Let "mo go."
Ho,proccedod, calmly to Imprison
both small "wrists In one strong, bony
hand. "Better tell."
' Ijetio'Kqi''' pnitcd, struggling
to'fisS Ajj. .
Ills volSs to'otf1crf' an" ugly tono.
v -Shetwasriithlld InnilK liahds, but
manatred nqrthW eatf t oi clip. A ,hq
applied the pressure more cruelly to
her, ,ariK!ia. cried ,ilqud with, pain
.ami. ayrufgdcspayiejyjj kjigck5d
the chair over.
It Went down with a crash appalj'jng
y loud la that ient' louse and at
that hour; and taking advantage of hi
,liwtaat Ql consjlernaUoit she. JeiUd,
(te aad sprang toward the door, lie
His Vole Tcok On an Ugly Ton.
was upon her In an Instant, however,
hard fingers' digging Into her shoul
ders. "You littlo fool!"
"No!", she cried. "No.no.no! Let
me go, 70U you brute!
Abruptly he thought better of his
methods and released her, merely put
Ing himself between her and the doorway.
"Don't bo a little fool," ho coun
seled,. "You kick up that row and
you'll ibavc-us both pinched Insldo of
the, next five minutes."
Deflanqo was on bor tongue's tip.
but the truth In his words gavo her
pause. Palpitating with the shock.
overy outraged Instinct a quiver, she
subdued herself and .fell back, eying
"They're hero," he nodded thought
fully. "You wouldn't have stood for
that If they weren't. And slnco they
are, I can find them without your as
sistance. Sit down, I shan't, touch
you again "
Sho had scant choice other than
to obey. Desperate as sho was, her
strength had ,beon severely, overtaxed,
and site might not presume upon It
too greatly. Fascinated with terror,
sho let herself down into an, oasjr
Anlsty thought for a moment, then
went over to the desk and sat himself
"Keys," he commented, rapidly In
Yentorylng what ho saw. "How'd yon
get hold of them?''
"They are Mr. Mattland's. Ho muBt
have forgotten them."
- Tho burglar chuckled grimly. "Co
Incidences multiply. It Is odd. That
harp, O'llagan, was coming In with, a
can of beer while I was' picking the
lock, and caught me. Ho wanted to
know If I'd missed my train for Green
fields, and I gavo him my word of hon
or I had. Moreover, I'd mislaid my
keys nnd had been ringing for him for
the past ten minutes. He swallowed
every word of It. Ily the way, hero's
a glove of yours. You certainly man
aged to leavo enough clews about to
Insure, your being nabbed oven by a
New York detcctlvo."
Ho faced about, tossing her tho
glove, and with It so keen and pene
trating a glanco that her heart sank
for fear that he had guessed her se
cret. Hut as ho confirmed she re
"I could teach you a thing or iwo,"
ho suggested, pleasantly. "You make
about as many mistakes as tho aver
ago beginner, And, on tho oUJor hand,
you'vo got tho majority' beaten to a
finish for 'cuteness. You're' as quick
as they make them."
She straightened up, uneasy, op
pressed by a vaguu surniUo as to
wbjthcr tills tended.. . . 1. : '
'Thank you," she said, breathlessly,
"but,, hadn't you better-"
"Tienty of time, my dear. Maltland
has one to'Orecntleldi andvwo'vo sev
eral hours before us. Look here, little
woman, why don't you tako a tumble
tq yourpvlf. out oiit all Ihlsoonsense,
and look to your awn lnterests?' ''
"I don't understand you," she fal
terod. "but If
"I'm talking about this Maltland
Jfajr. Cut, It put, and foxiwt.lt. You'ro
too good-looking and valuablo to your
self to lose your head just all on ac
count of a little moonlight flirtation
with a good-looking, millionaire. You
don't suppose for an Instant ,that
there's anyttilng In It for yours, do
you? You'ro nothing to Msltlsnd
just an Incident; next tlmo ha meets,
the baby-stare for yours. You can
thank your lucky stars he happened to
have :i reputation to sustain' ns a til
lage cut-up, a gay, sad dog, always out
for a good tlmo nnd hong the expense!
Otherwise he'd hnvo handed you yours
without a momont's hesitation. I'm
not doing this up In tin foil and tying
a violet ribbon with tassels on It. but
I'm handing It straight to you; some
thing you don't want to forget. You
Just sink your hooks In the fact that
you're nothing to Maltland and that
he's nothing to you, and nover will be.
and you won't lose anything except
She remained quiescent for n little,
hands twitching in her lap, torn by
conflicting emotions fear of nnd aver
slon for the. man. amusement, chill
horror bred of the kna.wlcdge that he
was voicing the truth about her, the
truth, at least, ns ho saw It, and and
as Maltland would sco It.
"Illusions?" sho echoed, faintly, 'and
raised her eyes to his with a pitiful
attempt at a smllo, "Oh, but I must
havo lost them, long ago; elte I
. "Herp, nnd what. you are. That's
what I'm telling yoi." (
Sho' shuddered Imperceptibly; looked
down and up again, swiftly; her expres
sion lnscrutable.jjior voU; a tremble
etwecn Jaughtcr and, tears: Well?"
"Eh?" The directness of her qnory
figuratively brought him up all stand
ing, canvas Happing and wind out of
"What are you offering ms la; ex.
change for my silly dream?" she In
quired, a traco of spirit quickening her
"A fair exchange,, I think some
thing that I wouldn't offer you It you
hadn't been able to dream." Ho
paused, doubtful, clumty. ;
"Oo on," sho told him, faintly, Since
it must como, as well bo over with It.
"Seo here." Ho took heart- of
desperation. "You took to Maltland
when you thought he was mo. Why
not tako to me fur myself? I'm as
good a man, bettor as a man, than he,
If I do blow my own horn. You.sldo
with me, littlo woman, nnd and all
that and I'll treat you square I
nover went back on a pal et. Why,"
brightening with enthusiasm as his
gazo appraised her, "with your looks
and your cleverness and my knowl
edge of the business, wo cun sweep
tho country, you and I."
"Oh!" tho cried, breathlessly
"We'll start right now," ho plunged
on, misreading her; "right now, with
last night's haul. You'll chuck this
addled sentimental pangs-of-consclonce
lay, hand over the Jewels, aud and
I'll Jjand 'em back to you; tho day we're
jharrioilnirB'et and us handsome "
woddlnp proicnt as any woman over
Sbelwisted In her chair to bide her
tact), worn him, fairly cornered at last,
braln a-whlrl devising a hundrod
maneuvers, each moro helpless thai
tho last, to cheat nnd dlvoft him for
the Unio, until until
Ttvn consciousness of his presence
near hor, of the sheer strength and
might of will-power of tho man, bore
upon her heavily; she was llko a child
In his hands, holpless. Sho tumod with
a hushed gasp tn find that ho had risen
nnd romu close to her chair; his face
was not a foot from hers, his eye
dangerous; In another moment h
would have his strong arms about
her Sho shrank nwny. terrified.
'No, no!" she bogged.
Well, and why not? Well?"
How do I know? This afternoon I
outwitted you. robbed and sold you
I for -for what you call a scruple. How
can I know that you aro not paying m
back In my own coin?"
"Oh, but tittle woman!" ho lauRhod,
tnnderly, coming nearer. "It Is be
cnusn you did that, because you could
hold thoso sorup'as nnd make a fool
of mo for their s.e, that I want you.
Don't think I'm Opable of playing
with you It takes a woman to tlo that
Don't you know," ho bent nearer and
his breath was warm upon her elteck
"don't you know that you're too rare
ami flno and precious for a man to
risk loilng? Coma now!"
' Not yet" Sho started to her feet
and away. "Walt. Thcro's a cb!"
Tho street without was echoing with
tho clattering drum of Kslloplng hoofs.
"At this hourl" she cried aghast
"Could It be "
"No fear. Resides there, It's
' In front of this housol"
"No, three doors up tho stmt, at
least That's something you must
learn, and I can teach you to Judge
dlstnnco by sound In tho darkness "
"Hut I tell you," she Insisted, re
treating before him, "It's a risk. Thorn,
did you hear that?"
"That" waa tho dulled crash of th
Aulsty stepped to tho table on tho In
stant and plunged the room In dark
ncrs, "Steady!" he told hor evenly.
"Steady. It can't b but tako no
chance. Co to tho trunk closet and
get that wiudow open. If It's Malt
land." grimly "well, HI follow."
"What do you mean? What ara you
going to do?"
"lavo that to me. I've never bea
Cold fear gripped ber heart as, fn a
flash of Intuition, she divined hi In
tention. "Quick!" ho bade her, savagely.
"Don't you want"
"I can't seo," she Invented. "Where's
tho door? I can't sco."
Through the darkness hla fltigori
found hers. "Como," ho said.
Her hand closed over his wrlit ana
In a thought sho had flung herself bo
foro him and caught Iho other. In
tho movement her hand brushed
against something that he was hold.
Ing; and It was cold and smooth nnl
"Ah! no, no!" sho Implored, "Sot
that, net that!"
With an oath he attempted to throw
hor off, hut, frail strength magnified
by a fury Of fear, sho Joined Issuo with
him, clinging to his wrists with tin
tenacity of a wildcat, though she was
lifted from tcr feet and dashed this
way and Ilia.', brutally, mercllosaly,
thouah her hciktt fell sick within her
for tho hopolcssucss of It, though
CHAPf ER XI.
Leaving tho hotel, Maltland strode
quietly but rapidly across the car
track to thn sidewalk bordering th
park. A dozen nlghthawk, cabbies bom
down upon him, yelping In chorus. Ha
motioned to tho foromost, jumped Into
tho hansom and gave tho fellow his
"Klvo dollars." ha ddd. "If you
make It In five minutes."
An astonished horse, roused from a
droop-cnreJ lethargy, was yanked al
ropst by main strength out of tho cab
rank and Into tho mlddlo of tho nvu
nun. Hcforo he could recover, th
long whlp-lash had leaped out over
Iho roof of tho vehicle, aud he found
hlmsolf stretching away up tho avenuo
on a dead run.
Yet to Maltland the pace soeinc'
deadly stow. Ho fidgeted on tho s
In an agony of Impatlonco, a dozc.i
times fooling In waistcoat pocket for
his latch keys. Thoy wore there, and
his fingers Itched to use thorn,
lly the lights streakng past ba
know that their paco was Iirlous, and
was haunted by a fear lest It should
bring tho pollco about hi ear. At
Twenty-ninth street, Indeed, a dream
ing policeman, startled by the uproar,
emerged hastily from the sheltering
gloom of a ston entrance, shouted
aftor tho cabby an inartlculato ques
tion, and, getting no respono, u
sheathod his night stlckt and. Jdped up
thu avenue, Jo pursuit, mak)-'. tbi
locust slug upon tlio paveintat at
every Jump. '" '
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