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PltlU, one ana uermy - rieaae
. ii.. unl..
-Vi1' Pat MaSOarol. on reaching- hit
In T irh l c r ,un, inei an nurse-
l n -an t ll door Janllnr
cs i. J I (m no one hal twn
: - Dan ilUrovcrrd a worn-
Vi i" i ; U In iluat on 111 ilrak.
ii' tr from His attorney
. : 1 .rl ,th Itnnni-rrnan. Ms at-
Ir - I s net nut for wrnnliie, lo
11 ! fa- r lewela. Maltland. on
t I n-.e lunula! laily In sray,
t - a.if i ontatnlng hla trim.
f.;:-- tooK lilro iQf. a well-
!!' r - Is-Jrl Anlaty Half-livt-
M r I c I'crml hla aaf. took
I'm- n I 3 irwtla, ami KBe tli.m to
pr ri r -r a partncrililp In crime.
Id'! I ai Anlaiy. anus lit liy milloo of
l'i ' ' .r.a-iunl MaltlarMl nvarrama
I N c Jin girl rrnl to Nw York
'r c t, iiait tlia l.w.la. 8he
' r ft Mm that day. A "Mr.
4 liltnatlf as a Jftce
J i- o Ctrl In gray, Maltlnmt,
n thn l.wtla. aunnoanllir
Ml I: -1 1 r a blow from "Hnaltli'a"
9 . salt r rrovnl to t Anlaty
- ' -1 urrj tbn srrma. Anlaty.
i i 51 -jar i a iloulil. ma.qtitrnuN
a la r Thft criminal fat Malt.
I ' n - ml with the clrl In isrny.
lui - -. r r I f Rrma. The clrl In Kray
r Hi ir I a aparlinrnts ilurlnc hla
a-i rrtornm crma. sialtlanil.
t rath t .lli-.l lin tila lilim mn.i
lltard a r. an vnlr xiviiliiUllnr
llr'ltT i'-r uk.,1 Vlulll.n.l tHnl in
''-a I T tho location of tha grm.
i sa hrj at tho front door.
' nl ctt hltn.l th rrook. allow--all
nil, to alilrl.l tlin voutii:
"1' i a"rl In irrtiv tnaitA ip ,a.
I!"- ) -" r - Into a rab. An Instant
t..,r. T ,n,5 '" Anlaty waa at
" I II took hr lo Allnrnrv llan.
I'rtM i i : to xrlnc from hfr Ilia loca
' " U-rt h-r n, mnmont
C3 t I nr I fl'lfatrati nnlv UMlllnir In
a " " Th.r. Ii t , n r I ii r hm
, T II Mr MaltUml unflrr tha
' t'i lildlait plnca In tha tut-
Van Anl.lw Ihi.kI Iiv
I trr ,
H 1'rman alio kiu rrvralrd as
I1 nn I Anlaty act out to srnro
i nrt Uav town, Tho itlrl was
Maltland nmllnic Ilia Kir I
i" 1c :i urjrr tha brass bowl. Il
i,, 1 1 i in h M it ninco liullil-
t. whfre tha crook waa klllad, Moit
.... , ' !' " sray confoaaed lova for
wen c r .
CHAPTER XVI. Continued.
I I'ir.no IllcWev llekoil lils litis.
I l'cf -3 wih n somber eyo tho prep-
I S bflnir llllllln tnr ihn Mtmtvnl
A- a body "I'd o glvo n furm
" ' c "ve cniiRht that son of a gun
no aitdcd nt apparent random,
y tindlcilvoly. "All right. Yeh bo
"HOMlble fur th Imlv if .h. ,.,.
J'osltlvtly " '
I sottuh have her namo 'nd udd
rtu.n I tliat essential?''
'Sarp fiottuh protect myself n
an) thin turnr up. Yob oughttuh
. on'' wmit It to como out," Malt-
Ei"',",ea' ,ry'"s 10 lnvent a
sbo'it any no can ,oa ,10W you fco1
llfUlaml drow a l0nB breath nnd
bVH rMM Mr M"11-
I? .hli '"Id lio man with a tremor,
isi, i no,,'lod- unimpressed. "Uh-
" kaowed that all nlorig." ho
it lv . Ut BV,lB' a yl Jl'"'t want
ith i54 ?,tc,lt Aml' i",ar-
I:!" edl'- of Maltland'" startled
ij .vicious staro: "If yoh'ro golu
er yoU bettor get m
or Ho wim't laat Urn.-
km me vauuy w i ana ma noma.
"Who? Ilanncrmant NVhat the
dciico do you meant"
"Ho's Uio feller I plnggwl In tho
elevator, that's nil. Put n holo through
his lungs. They took him Into an of
flco on tho twenty-first floor, right
opp'slto tho shaft."
"Hut what In Heaven's namo has
he to do with this ghastly mess?"
Hlckey turned a shrewd oyo upon
Maltland. "I guess ho can tell yeh
With a smothered exclamation,
Maltland hurried nway, atlll Incredu
lous and Impressed with n belief, firm
er with overy minute, that tho wound
ed man had been wrongly identified.
Ho found him ns Hlckey had said
ho would, sobbing out his life, supine
upon the couch of nn office which the
Janitor had opened to afford him a
placo to dlo In. Maltland had to force
a way through a crowded doorway,
whoro tho night-watchman was hold
ing forth In nggrloved Incoherence on
the cruel treatment ho had suffered at
tho hands of tho law-breakers. A
phraao camo to Maltland's ears as he
shouldered through tho group.
". . . . grabbed mo an' trun mo
outer the cage. Inter tho hall, an' then
tho shootln' begins, an' I jumps down
stairs t' tho slxteent' floor. . . ."
Hsnncrman openod dull eyes ns
Mnltland entered, nnd smiled faintly.
"Alv-h. Maltland," ho gasped;
"thought you'd . . . como."
Hacked with sorrow, nothing guess
ing of tho carcor that, hnd brought tho
lawyer to this pass, Maltland supped
Into a chair by tho bond of tho couch
and closed his hand over Ilanncrman's
chubby. Icy fingers. '
"I'oor, poor old chap!" he said,
brokenly. "How In Heaven"
Hut nt llannonnnn's look tho words
died on his Hps. Tho lawyer moved
restlessly. "Don't pity mo." ho said
In a low tone. "This Is what I might
havo . . . expected, I supposo , . .
man of Anlsty's stamp . . . dos-
porato character . . . It's all right,
Dan, my Just duo. . . ."
"I don't understand, of courso," fal
Iluunerman lay still a moment, then
continued: "I know you don't. That's
why I sent for you. . . . 'Member
that night nt tho rrimomiaiT wnen
tho douco was It? I . . . can't
think straight long at a tlmo. . . .
Thnt night I dined with you and
touched you up about tho Jewels? Wo
had a bully salad, you know, ana 1
spoko nbout tho Qraemo affair, . . ."
"Woll . . l'vo been up to that
gamo for years. I'd nud out whoro the
tilundor was, nnd . . . Atusiy ai
ways divided scfiare. ... I used
to advlso him. ... Of courso you
wonU understand you've novor want
cd for a dollar III your llfo. . , ."
Mnltland said nothing, Hut his hand
romnluod uiion tho dying mau a.
I "This would never havo happened
1 1 . I m.li l . . ( l
' t . . . Anlsty hadn't been imu
tlcnt. Ho was tmrd tn handlo, sn-
Hmos. t wasn't sure, you know, about'
the Jowolsj I only until I thought they
wero At Greenfield, Then I under
took to find out from you, hut ho was
rnatlvo, nnd without naylntc nnyllilnff
to mo went down to Greenfield on hU
own hook Juat to liavo a look around,
ha said. And so , . . so tho fat
wag In tho flro."
"Don't talk nnjr more, nanncrman,"
Mnllland tried to sootno him. "You'll
pull throiiRh this nil right, nnd You
need never hnvn gono to auch lengths.
If you'd como to mo"
Tho ghost of n sardonic amllo flitted,
Incongruoutly, across tho dying mnn'a
wnxen, cherubic features.
"Oh, hell," ho snld; "you wouldn't
understand. I'erhnps you weren't born
with tho right crook In your nnturo
or tho wrong ono. I'erhnps It's bo
causo you enn't ace tho fun In playing
tho gamo. It's that that counts."
Ho compressed his Hps, and nftor a
moment spoko again You novcr did
havo tho truo sportsman's lovu of tho
gnmo for Its own sako. fou'ro llko
most of tho rost of tho crowd content
with mighty cheap vlrtuo, Dan. . . .
I don't know that I'd chooso just this
kind of a wind-up, but It's been fun
whlla It lasted. Qood-by, old man."
Ho did not speak ngnln, but lay with
Klvo minutes later Maltland roso
and unclasped tho cold flngors from
about his own. With a heavy sigh ho
At tho door Illckey was awaiting
him. "Ycr lndy," ho said, as soon as
they had drawn apart from tho crowd,
"Is waltln' for yeh In tho cab down
stairs, Sho was gcttln' a bit high
steerlcal 'nd I thought I'd bottor got
her away. . . . Oh, she's waltln'
all right!" ho added, alarmed by Malt
land's expression. Hut Maltland had
left him abruptly: and now, as ho ran
down flight after echoing flight of
marble stairs, thcro rested cold fear
In his heart. In the room he had Just
quitted, a man whom ho had called
friend and lookod upon with affection
ato regard, had died a self-confessed
and unrepentant liar and thief.
It now ho wero to find tho girl an
other tlmo vanished If this had been
but a ruse of hers finally to eludo him
If all men wero without honor, nil
women faithless If ho had Indeed
placed the lovo of his life, tho only
lovo that he had over known, unworth
lly If sho cared so llttlo who had
secmod to caro much . . .
Hut the cab was there; and within
It tho girl wns waiting for him.
Tho driver, nftcr Inking up his faro,
had at her direction drawn over to
tho further curb, out of tho frlngo of
tho rabbin which besieged tho St.
I.uko building In constantly growing
numbers, nnd through which Mnltland
too impatient to think of leaving by
tho basement exit, had elbowed and
fought his way In nn agony of appro'
honslon tbnt brooked no hindrance,
heeded no difficulty.
Ho dashod round tho corner, stopped
short with a sinking heart, then as
the cabby's signaling whip across the
street caught his eye, fairly hurled
himself to tho other curb, pausing at
tho wheel, breathless, lifted out of
himself with Joy to find her faithful
In this ultimate Instance.
Sho was recovering, whoso high spir
it and recuperative powers wero to
him then and always remained a mar
velous thing; nnd sho was bending
forth from tho body of tho hansom to
wulcnnio him with a smllo that In a
twinkling inailo rndlnnt tho world to
him who stood In n gloomy sldo street
of New York nt threo o'clock
of a summer's tnorplng a good
hour nnd a half before tho dawn
.-'or up there In tho tower of tho
sky-scraper ho had ns much as
told hor of his lovo; and sho had
waited; and now and now ho had
been blind Indeed had ho failed to read
the promise In her oyes. Weary sho
was and spent and overwrought: but
thcro is no tonic In nil tho world like
tho consciousness that whero ono has
placed ono's lovo, thcro lovo has bur
geoned In response And desplto all
that sho had suffered nnd endured, tho
hnpplness that ran llko soft II ro In her
veins, wrapping her being with Its
bencllccnt rapture, had deepened the
color In her cheeks nnd heightened
tho glamour In her oyos.
And ho stood and stnred, knowing
that In all tlmo to no mnn had ever
woman seemed more lovely than this
girl to him; a knowlcdgo that robbed
his mind of all other thought and his
tongue of words, so that to her fell
tho task of rousing him.
"Ploaso," sho said gontly "please
tell tho cabby to tako mo home, Mr.
Ho camo to and In confusion stum
mered: Yes, he would. And he
climbed up on the step with no other
thought than to scat himself at her
sldo and drive away forever. Hut
this tlmo tho cabby brought him to
his sonses, forcing him to remember
that Eomo mcasttro of coherence was
demanded oven of n man In love.
"Whero to, sir?"
"Kh, what? Oh!" And bonding to
tho girl: "Homo, you said?"
Sho told him tho address a num
her on l'&rk nvonuo, nbovo Thirty
fourth streot, below Forty-second. He
ropcutod It mechanically, unaware
that It would remain Btamped forever
on his memory. Indelibly tho tlrst
personal detail that sho had granted
him; tho Urst barrier down.
Ho Hat down. Tho cab began to
movo, and halted again. A face np
peared at tho aprou Hlckoy's, red
and moon-ilka and not lacking In ihii
placeucy; for tho man counted on
profiting variously by this night's
"Uxeusu me, Mr. Maltland. 'nd"
toucMng the rim cf tils dorby "yen,
too, ma'am, fr but! In' In"
"Hlckey!" demanded Maltland, nud
denly, In a tono of smoldering wroth,
"what tho what do you want?!'
"Yeh told mo ttih call round'temior-
row, yeh know. Whcn'Il yeh bo In?"
'JI 11 leave a noto for yoa with
O'llngnn. Is thnt all?"
JYcn that Is. there's somothln
elio . .
"Kxcuso mo for mentlonln' It, but I
didn't know It ain't gcnorally known,
yeh know, 'nd ono uh th' boy" might
vo heard mo speak tub ycr lady by
namo 'ml might pnss It on to a re
porter. What I mean's this," hastily,
ns the Maltland temper showed dan
gerous Indications of going Into active
eruption: "I a'posc yeh don't want me
lull mention 't yoh'ro married, Jes'
yot? Mrs, Maltland hero," with a nod
to her, "didn't seem tuh tako kindly
tult tho notion of It'a beln known "
"Ah, oxcuso mol"
"Drlvo on. cabby Instantlyl Do
Hlckey backod suddenly away nnd
tho tab sprang Into motion; whllo
Mnltland with a face of flro sat back
and raged nnd wondered.
Across Hroadway toward Fourth
avenuo dashed tho hansom; nnd from
tho curb-lino Hlckey watched It with
a humorous light In his dull eyes. In
deed, the dctcctlvo seemed In extraor
dinary conceit with hlmsotf. 1!
chewed with unaccustomed emotion
upon his cold cigar, scratched
bin check, nnd chuckled; and, chuck
ling, pulled his hat well down over
brows, thrust both hands Into his
trousers pockets, and shambled back
to tho St. I.uko building his heavy
body vibrating amaxlngly with bis
And so, shuffling sluggishly, he
merges Into tho shadows, Into the mob
that surges about tho building, and
passes fiom those pages.
In the clattering hansom, steadying
herself with a hand against tho win
dow-frnmc, to kctp from being thrown
against tho speechless man heslde
her, tho girl waited. And slnco Malt
land In contusion at tho moment found
no words, from this eloquent silence
she drow an Infcrenco unjustified, such
ns lovers nro prone to draw, tho world
over, ono that lent a pathetic color to
her thoughts, and chilled a little her
mood. Sho had been too sure.
Hut better to havo It over with at
once, rather than permit It to remain
forever a wall of constraint between
them. He must not bo permitted to
think that sho would dream of taking
him upon his generous word.
"It was very kind of you." sho said
In a steady small voice, "to pretend
that we what you did pretend, In or
der to save mo from being held as a
witness. At least, I prcsumo that Is
why you did It?" with a note ot un
"It Is unnecessary that you should
bo drawn Into tho affair," he roplled
with Bome resumption of his self-pos
session. "It Isn't as if you were'
"A thief?" she supplied, as bo hesi
"A thief," ho assontod, gravely.
"Hut I I am," with n break In hef
"Hut you are not," ho asserted a!
most fiercely. And, "Dear," he said.
boldly, "don't you supposo I know?
"what do you know?"
"That you brought back tho Jewels,
for ono minor thing. I found them nl
most as soon as you had left. And
then I knew know that you cared
enough to get them from this fellow
Anlsty and bring them back to mo,
know thnt I cared enough to search
the world from end to end until I
found you, that you might woar them
If you would."
Hut sho had drawn away, bad
averted her face; and he might not
seo It; and sho shivered slightly, star
ing out of tho window at tho passing
lights. Ho saw, and perforce paused,
"You yon don't understand," she
told him In a rush. "You glv ma
credit beyond my due. I didn't break
Into your flat again, to-night. In order
to return tho Jewels nt least, not for
"Hut you did bring back tho Jowels?'
"Then doesn't that provo what I
claim, provo that you've cloarod your
"No," sho told him, firmly, with the
firmness of despair; "It does not. lle
causo I did not come for that only. I
cmno with another purpose to steal
ns well as to make restitution. And I
Thoro was a moment's silence, on
his part Incredulous. "I 'don't know
what you menn. What did you steal?
Whero Is It?"
"I havo lost It"
"Was It In your hand bag?"
"You found that?"
(TO UK CONTINUED.)
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