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The Confidences of Arsene Lupin
THE INVISIBLE PRISONFR
The Btranger took down a small shot
■■un I rem 1 lie rack.
" is it loaded.' • he asked.
" Yes. said tile youngest of the
brothers. "1 use it te kill the sparrows
with, tor fun. It's a small shot."'
'•Capital! A peppering where it won't
hurt him will do tbe t rick.
His lace suddenly assumed a master
ful look, lie gripped the fanner by the
aim and rapped out, in an imperious
"Listen to me. Fanner Goussot] I'm
not here to do policeman's work; and I
won't have the poor beggar locked up at
any price. four weeks of starvation and
fright is had enough for anybody. So,
you've got to swear to me, you and your
son-, that you'll lei him off without
''lie must hand over tin 1 money!''
" Well, of course. Do yoU swear?"
•' l swear.
The gentleman walked back to the
door that opened on the orchard. He
took a quick aim, pointing his gun ;i lit
tle* in the air, in the direction of the
cherry free that overhung the spring. He
Bred. A hoarse cry rang from the tree;
a: il the scarecrow which had been strad
dling the main branch for a month past
came tumbling to the ground, only to
jump Up at once and make off as fast as
its legs would carry it.
_.There was s moment of general con
(■pirnftt ion. followed by outcries. The
s.ius darted in pursuit and were not long
in coming up with the runaway, ham
pered as be was by his rags and weak
ened by privation. But the stranger pro
jected him against their wrath:
"Hands off there! This man belongs
to me. I won't have him touched. . . .
hope I haven't hurt you too much,
: rainard .'' *
Standing on his straw leg's wrapped
round with strips of tattered cloth, with.
hifl arms ami his whole body clad in tin 1
same materials, his head swathed in linen,
tightly packed like a sausage, the old
iiaa still had the still' apj/earnnee of a
laj figure. The whole effect was so lu
dicrous and so unexpected that the on
lookers laughed uproariously.
The sfranger unbound his head; and
they saw a veiled mask of tangled gray
beard, encroaching on every side upon a
skeleton face lit up by two eyes burning
' The laughter was louder than ever.
''The money! The six notes!'" roared
"One moment . . . we'll give them
hark to him. eh, Traiuard?''
And, taking his knife and cutting
SWay the Straw and cloth, he jested,
" Yon poor old beggar, wind a freak
you look! But how on earth did you
manage to pull off that trick! You must
I c clever, or else you had the devil's own
luck. . . . So, on the first night, you
used the breathing-time they left you to
rig yourself in these logs! • Not a bad
idea. Who could ever suspect a scare
now? . . . They were so accustomed
to seeing it stuck up in its tree! But,
how uncomfortable you must have fell,
lying flat up there on your stomach, with
you? arms and legs dangling down! All
day long, like that! Ami how you must
have been put to it, when you ventured
to move a limb, eh ? And how you must
have feared going 10 sleep! . . . And
you had to eat! \nd drink!
And you heard the sentry and
lelt the barrel of his gun within a yard
of yonr nose! Brrrr! . . . But the
best idea of all was your tube of straw!
fanner Goussot and his four sons
grabbed at the disheveled old tramp:
"Now, then, come along, fork out the
Dazed as he was, Traiuard still man
aged to simulate astonishment.
"Don't put on that idiotic look,"
growled the farmer. "Come on. Out
with the six notes.
''What? .. . What notes do you
"Oh, I'm getting sick of yon! Here,
lads. . . ."
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They laid the old fellow Hat, tore off
th rags that composed Ins clothes, felt
and searched him all over.
There was no money on him.
'' Vmi thief] You robber]'' yelled
Father GoUSSOt. "What have yon' done
with it.' -
'I'lie tramp warned more dased than
ever. 'too running ~i routes-, lie kept
-' \Vlnt do you f?ant of me | . .
Moneyl I haven't three sous to call
'Ihe rage of the Goussots could no
longer he restrained. They rained blows
Upon him, which did not Improve mat
ters. Hut the farmer was convinced that
Trainard bad hidden the money before
assuming his role of scarecrow:
"Out with it: In what part of the
orchard have you hidden it I"
"The money.'" repeated the tramp,
With a stupid look.
" Yes, the money! The money that
you 'ye buried somewhere. . . . Oh,
If we don't find it, you'll suffer! . . .
rye have witnesses, have n't we.' . . .
All of you. friends, eh.' And then, the
gentleman. . . . "
GouSSOt turned, with the intention id'
addressing ihe stranger, and was sur
prised to find that he was not in sight.
" Has he gone?'' he asked.
Some one answered :
"No, he lit a cigarette and went for a
Stroll in the orchard.''
"Oh, that's all right!" said the
farmer. "He's the sort to find the notes
for US, just as he found the man."
"Unless . . ." said a voice.
'' Unless what.''' echoed the farmer.
'' What do you mean I
But be interrupted himself suddenly,
seized with a doubt. There was a mo
ment 's silence, while the same suspicion
dawned on all the country-folk. The
stranger's arrival at lleborville, the
break-down of his automobile, his manner
of questioning the people at the inn and
of gaining admission to the farm: were
not all these part and parcel of a crafty
scheme, the trick of a cracksman who had
learnt the story from Hie papers and who
had come to try his luck on the spot .' . . .
".Mighty smart of him! " said the inn
keeper. ''lie must have taken the mone\
from old Trainard's pocket, before our
eyes, while he was searching him."
"impossible!" spluttered Farmer
Goussot. "He would have been seen
going out that way . . . by the house.
. . . But he's strolling in the orchard.''
[Mother Ooussot. pale as a ghost, sug
"The little door at the end, down
there? . . . "
''The key never leaves me."
"Hut you showed it lo him."
" Yes; and then 1 took it back again
Hook, here it is. ''
He (dapped his hand to his pocket and
ottered a cry:
"It's gone! . . . He's stolen it!
Ooussot at once rushed away, followed
and escorted by his sons and a. number
of the villagers.
When they were half way down the
orchard, they heard the throb of an auto
mobile, obviously the one nelonging to
the stranger, who had given orders to his
chauffeur to wait for him at that lower
When the (loussots reached the door,
they saw, scrawled with a piece of chalk
on the worm-eaten panel, the two words:
To add to their humiliation, the angry
Ooussots found it impossible to prove
that <dd Traiuard had stolen any money.
Twenty persons were obliged to bear wit
ness that, after all, nothing had been dis
covered on his person. He escaped with
:i few months' imprisonment, for wound
ing Mother Ooussot.
He did not. regret his jail term. As
soon as he was released, he was secretly
informed that, every quarter, on a given
dale, at a given hour, under a given mile
stone on a given road, he would find
three gold louis.
To a man like old that means
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