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310UIS JOSEPR VA(
COPYRIOT1909 byPH V
APTER, I.-The story opens at
nte Carlo with Col. Terence O'Rourke
ii his hotel. O'Rourke, a military free
36ce and something of a gambler. is
essing for appearance in the restaurant
below when the sound of a girlish voice
singing attracts his attention. Leaning
out on the balcony he sees a beautiful
girl who suddenly disappears. He rushes
to the corridor to see a neatly gowned
I" enter the elevator and pass 'from
.CHAPTER II.-O'Rourke's mind is
f1led with thoughts of the girl, and when
le goes to the gaming table he allows his
rimarkable winnings to accumulate in
<differently. He notices two men watch
lig him. One is the Hon. Bertie Glynn,
Vile his companion is Viscount Des
ebes, a noted duelist. When O'Rourke
14ives the table the viscount tells him he
rpresents the French government and
;t1at he has been directed to O'Rourke as
man w1io would undertake a secret
A3 he stepped out c "the lift Colonel
'Rourke remarked a light in his
m, visible through the transom
ver the door.
f"The femme de chambre," he
ought. "Sure and the poor thing's
till busy trying to clear up. ,
To the contrary, he found the door
ast. "'Tis careless she was to leave
the light on," he observed, fitting his
key in the lock.
f thoughtless In that one way, the
woman had fulfilled the letter of her
1owd in .the other. It was with com
rehensive relief (since he anticipated
caller) that he found the room once
ut one thing surprised him; and
nore surprising still was the fact that
.is ordinarily indifferent eye should
have detected it at the first glance. I
Hevhad indeed hardly entered before
became aware of a square of whiite
1aper tucked in the corner of the bu
"The divvle, now!" he greeted it
That's curious. . . . Could one of
e many admirers have bribed the
emme de chambre to bring a note to
e ?" He chuckled, holding to .the
ht a much soiled envelope, gritry
I the marks of many fingers, plas
red with stamps and black with
ostage marks and substitute ad
esses, having evidently been- for
arded over half the world before it
ached the addressee: who was,
a bold hand, "Colonel Terence
H~e whistled low over this, examin
g it intently, infinitely less concern
with its contents than with the
anner by which it had reached him.
he first postmark seemed to be that
Rangoon, the original address, the
rcle Militaire, his club in Paris.
hence, apparently, it had sought him
Gaiway, Ireland, Dublin, Paris again,
finally--after half a dozen other
sses-"C. of Mine. O'Rourke, Ho
lton, London." The London
ark was indecipherable....
found himself trembling violent
y. By one hand alone could this
avi reached him, since the post had
ot Isought it to Monte Carlo. ...
e scalled that woman's voice .which
ad lo stirred him, the woman of the
)asiip whose bearing had seemed to
ine n fappedr.. on the door; he
n ot1ered a curse of annoyance, and
-entl to answer, thrusting the letter
to his pocket.
*A page announced Monsieur le
omfe des Trebes.
"Slow the g tleman up," snapped
'Roarke. He was about to add, "in
e rncmn oe,ofeig i
lata I fear.
e Frenhman Rosued Ofeing wth.
i~~e ntcpaigtaess, monu.
of ac opning this boy. Ie
bim his guest.- 9T:s no matter; if
[ thought ye punctual, 'tis so ye are
to all intents and purposes. .
A chair, monsieur." He established
Des Trebes by a window. "And a cig
arette? . . . A drop to drink?
. . . As ye will. . . . And since
'tis to talk secret business that we're
here-would ye like the door locked?"
"That is hardly essential!" Des Tre
bes reviewed his surroundings with
swift, searching glance. "We are at
least secure from interruption; one
could ask little more."
"True for ye," laughed O'Rourke. He:
moved toward the alcove. "Now first
of all I'm to submit proofs of me iden
tity, I believe," he added, intending to
dig out of his trunk a dispatch-box
containing his passports and other pa
pers of a private nature.
But Des Trebes had changed his
mind. "That is unnecessary, mon
sieur. Your very willingness is suffi
cient proof. I have your word and
"That's the w-y of doing business
that I like," assented O'Rourke heart
ily, warming a.little to the man as he
turned back a chair facing the vi
comte. "Besidev, T quarrel with no
man's right to be reasonable.
And now I'm at your service, mon
Des Trebes, lounging back, knees
crossed, thin white fingers interlac
Ing, black eyes narrowing, regarded
the Irishman thoughtfully for a mo
ment. Abruptly he sat up and re
moved from an inner pocket a long
thin white envelope, thrice sealed with
red wax and innocent of any super
scripti , whatever.
"Are you. prepared, monsieur," he
demanded incisively, "to play blind
"Am I what?" asked O'Rourke, star
tled. Then he smiled. "Pardon; per
haps I fail to follow ye."
"I mean," explained the vicomte pa
tiently, ":that I have to offer you a
commission to act under sealed or
ders"-he tapped the envelope-"the I
orders contained herein.''
"And when would I be free to open
"As 'soon as you are at sea-away
from France, Monsieur."
O'Rourke considered the envelope
doutfully. "From you, monsieur-from
the Government of France, which you
represent," he said at length, "yes;
[ will accept such a commission.
France," he averred simply, "knows
me; it wouldn't be asking me to do
anything a gentleman shouldn't."
"You may feel assured of that,"
agreed Des Trebes gravely. "Indeed, I
venture to assert you will find this
Jet us say-adventure much to your
liking. . . .' Then you accept?"
"One moment-a dlozen questions,
by your leave. . ,. . When must ]I
start?" .; .
"Tomnorrow mor-ning by the Cote
'Azur Rapide, at ten minutes to
"And where will I be going?"
"First to Paris; thence to Havre;
thence, by the first available steamer,
:o New York; finally, it may be to
"I1 will myself furnish you with funds
sufficient to finance you as far as
New York. There our consul-general
ill provide you with what more you
may require. It is essential that your
3onnection with this affair shall be
ept secret; should you draw on the
government in this country, it would
xpose you to grave suspicions, per
aps to danger."
"I understand that," assented the
rishman. "But to obviate all danger
>f mistake, would it not be well to
ave one of your trusted agents meet
ne on the steamer and provide me
with whatever ye figure I might re
uire? 'Tis barely possible your con
ul-general might not recognize me in
ew York. Why should he? I never
2eard his name, even."
Des Trebes meditated this briefly.
It shall be as.you desire, monsieur. It
~hal be arranged as you suggest."
"Finally, then, what is to be my,
"That must depend. I am authorized
'0 assure you that in no case will!
rou receive less than twenty-five thou
sand francs; in event of a successful
termintion of your mission, the re
ward will be doubled."
"'Tis enough," said O'Rourke with a!
sigh; "I accept."
The Frenchman rose, offering him
the envelope. "You must pledge your
elf, monsieur, not to break these seals
antil you are at sea?"
"Absolutely-of course." O'Rourke
Look the packet, weighed it curiously
in his hand and scrutinized the seals.
!e remarked that they were yet soft
and fresh; the wax had been hot with
in the half hour.
"I will do mys'elf the honor of meet-i
ing you at the train to see you off, mon
;ieur," said Des Trebes. "At that time,
lso, will I provide you with the funds
Their hands met.
"Good night, Monsieur O'Rourke."
"Good night. . . .
paused. "Oh, by thewaiy Te eE
claimed carelessly, "I believe you are
a friend of my old school-fellow, Cham
bret-mon cher Adolph?"
"'Tis so," assented the Irishman
warmly. "The best of men-Cham
"Odd," commented the vicomte;
'only this afternoon I was thinking
of him, wondering what had become
of the man."
"The last I heard of him, he was in
Algeria, monsieur-with some French
force in the desert."
"Thank you . . ." On the point
of leaving the vicomte snapped his
teeth on a second "Good night," and
;Ncre beneath his breath.
O'Rourke, surprised, stared. The
Frenchman was standing stiffly at at
Lention, as if alarmed. His pallor was,
if possible, increased, livid-his close
ly shaven beard showing blue-black on
aIs heavy jowls and prominent chin.
His eyes blazed, shifting from the al
ove to O'Rourke.
"Monsieur?" he demanded harshly,
'what does this insult mean?"
"Mean?" iterated O'Rourke. "Insult?
Faith, ye have me there."
Speechless with rage, Des Trebes ges
tured violently toward the alcove; andi
D'Rourke became aware that the cur
tains were shaking-wavering as
though a draught stirred them. But I
here was no draught. And beneath
[heir edge he saw two feet-two small,
bewitc'.*g feet in the daintiest and
most absurd of evening slippers, with
:n inch or so of silken stockings show
ing above each.
Des Trebes' eyes, filled with an ex
pression unspeakably offensive, met
the Irishman's blank, wondering gaze.
"It is, no doubt," the Frenchman stam
mered, "sanctioned by your code to
ave me spied upon by the partner of
"I compliment the lady upon the
smallness of her feet, as well as upon
ankles so charming that I cannot bring
myself to leave without a glimpse of
their mistress' features."
Des Trebes moved toward the al
cove. Thunderstruck, O'Rourke rap.
ped out a stupefied oath, then in F
stride forestalled the man. With him
it was as if suddenly a circuit had
closed in his intelligence, establishing
L definite connection between the three
-now four-most mystifying incidents
Df the evening.
"Less haste, monsieur," he coun
seled in a voice of ice. His hand fell
with almost paralyzing force upon the
other's wrist as he sought to grasr
the curtain, and swung him roughly
back. "Yourself will never know who'c
there-whoever the lady may be...
Ah, but no, monsieur!"
Maddened beyond prudence, Des
Trebes had struck at his face
O'Rourke warded off the blow and in
what seemed the same movement
whirled the man round by his captive
wrist and caught the other arm fron
he back. Th'e briefest of struggles en
sued. The Frenchman, taken at a com-*
plete disadvantage, was for all his re
sif.ance hustled to the door and
thrown through it before he fairly com
prehended what was happening.
Free at length, if on all fours, he
scrambled to his feet to find O'Rourke
hadshut the door behind him, calmly
awaiting the next move.
"Haven't ye had enough?" demand
ed the Irishman as the vicomte, blind*
ed with passion, seemed about to re
new the attack. "Or are ye wishful
to be going downstairs in the same
.Des Trebes drew bac'% snarling
"You dog!" he eried Then abrutt
ty, by an admirable effort, he calmed
himself surprisingly, drawing himself
up with considerable dignity and throt
tling his temper as he quietly'adjust
d the disorder of his clothing. Only
in his eyes, black as sloes and small,
:lid there remain any trace of his ma
lignant and unquenchable hatred.
"I am unfortunately," he sneered,
'incapable of participating in such
>rawls as you pre fer, Colonel O'Rourke.
But I am not content. I warn
ou . . . My rank: prevents me from
unishing jou personplly; I am obliged
o fight gentlemen only."
O'Rourke laughed openly.
"But I advise you to leave Monte
Carlo before morning. Should you re
main, or should you come within my
eighborhood anoth~er time-at what
ever time-I will kill you as I would a!
rabid cur-or cause you to be shot."
"There's always the coward's al
tern ative;" returned the Irishman.
"But ye mustn't forget -ye've only the
yne leg to stand upon in society-your
otoriety as a duelist. And I shall
ake steps to see that ye fight me be-!
fore sunset. Else shall all Europe
know ye for a coward."
Behind the vicomte the lift shot up,f
paused, and discharged a single pas
senger. As swiftly the cage disap
Out of the corner of his. eye,
D'Rourke recognized the newcomer as
an old acquaintance, and his heart
welled with gratitude while a smileu
af rare pleasure shaped itself upon
lis lips. He had now the Frenchman t
absolutely at his mercy. t
"Captain von Einem," he said!
uickly, "by your leave, a moment of
The man paused stiffly, with the
square-set and erect poise of an officer -
f the German army. "At your service,
Colonel O'Rourke," he said in impec
But the Irishman had returned undi
vided attention to Des Trebes. "Mon. J
ieur," he announced, "your nose an-o
nioys me." And with that he shot out
. hand and seized the offensive mem
ber between a strong and capable
thumb and forefinger. "It has annoy
ed me," he explained in parenthesis,
"ever since I first clapped me two eyes '1
~pon ye, scum of thie earth that ye
Dd it with a will and great pleasui
tweaked it for glory and the Saint
::arefully, methodically, even painsta
ngly, he kneaded and pulled and twi!
d it from side to side, ere relec
Then stepping back and wiping I
Engers upon a handkerchief, he coc
ad his head to one side and admir,
:he result of his handiwork. ""I
.n amazingly happy effect," he c
served critically-"the crimson blot,
t makes against the chalky complc
on ye affect, Monsieur des Treb(
. . And now I fancy ye'll fig1
.our friends may call upor: mine he
-Cal-tain von Einem, with your p(
"Most happy, Colonel O'Rourke," s
;ented the German, blue eyes sparklii
.n an immobile countenance. "I sh,
twait the seconds of Monsieur des Ti
)es in my rooms."
The Frenchman essayed to spea
,hoked with passion, and turning a
uptly. somewhat unsteadily de:cen
ng the staircase.
O'Rourke laughed briefly, offerih
he German his hand. "'Twas wond(
ully opportune, your appearance, ca
ain dear," said he. "Thank ye fro
he bottom of me heart. . . .Ai
iow w11 ye forgive me excusing r
m"lf unl I hear from ye about the
air of the morning? I've a friei
Vaiting in me room here. . PC
ion the rudeness."
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
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