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Ladies and gentlemen come along and buy ip your
Watches and Jewelry
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Watc Inspector L, W.F FOL SOM, "S".C.
TO THEF TiMES. OFFICE
a True Record and Explanation of te Seven
steries Now Associated With His Name In
the Public Kind, and of an Eighth,
Mch is the Key of the Seven
By lOWARD FIELDING
-iov id Walmsley get it?" inquired
-"The story told by those who seemed
o ow," said I, "was that it had been
tolen by thieves who entered the
ouse. and that Walmsley, who was
enerally believed to be a receiver of
to!en goods, bought this document
ith the rest of the plunder. That
here was a robbery in the old Stough
on house I know positively. It was
aid that Walmsley lost his hand in
quarrel with these thieves; that it
Vas so badly injured as to necessitate
imputation. The name of a doctcr was
entioned, but if he did the work he
0eid the fact to be a professional se
"When I bought the place," said Kel
*In, "I was aware of this flaw in the
tle, but I was assured that there was
ot a Stoughton heir nor a Walmsley
eir on the face of the earth."
"I don't believe that there is one,"
aid I. "Walmsley had a son, but he
"Can you prove it?" demanded Kel
"No," I admitted. "He didn't die
ere. Yet I think it is susceptible of
roof. He died in early childhood, as
"A man has appeared in this town
ho-claims to be that son," said Kel
in. "He has threatened me with a
;uit. Now, the fellow is an impostor
n the face of him. He doesn't appear
vith legal counsel. He came to see me
couple of days ago with some sort of
ocumentary rubbish to prove his iden
ity, and he asked me in the name of
ustice to move out of the house. I
old him to move out pretty quick. He
lid, saying that he'd come back, but he
asn't. I shouldn't ordinarily regard
uch a claim as having any importance,
bough these blackmailing suits are a
onfounded nuisance, and if this rascal
eally could make out any sort of a
ase he'd have me in a tight place. I'd
robably have to pay him something."
"It would be hard to prove the death
f Walmsley's son at this late date,"
"That's true," said he, "and yet I'd
e willing to take my chances. But
ere's another feature of the case: My
iutler. Cobb, who stole the diamonds,
s out on ball. I was going very light
in him, for, after all, he furnished us
rith a most interesting experience,
hanks to our young friend here, and
iesides he didn't really get away with
Lnything; so the chargeagainlst him was
nade as mild as the law would allow,
Ld bail was fixed at $500. It has been
urished In cash. He was released
'esterday, early in the afternoon, and
c came right up to my house-made a
e line for it, as I've learned by in
juiry. Naturally he didn't feel like
resenting himself at the front door, so
e got into the house by a window of
he library. I happened to go to that
oom after lunch and met the man face
There seemed to be something amus
ug in the recollection, for Kelvin grin
"Upon- my word, he's a cool one!" he
ntinued. "He was just taking down
book to regd. Said he thought that
ie'd improve his mind while waiting
'or me. 'Your morals are what need
oprovig,' said I. 'Your mind's a'll
'ight.' A fter that we got right down
business, and he said that he had
2eard of the threatened suit against
ne and that he could be of assistance
:o me if I would treat him fairly.
aturaly I asked him what he could
lo, and after some backing and filling
e said that he could produce the miss
" beg your pardon, Mr. Kelvin," said
ouad. "Did he tell you how he had
ot news of the suit?"
" couldn't corner him on that point,"
.swered Kelvin, "but I have a shrewd
lea. His lawyer is Joe Harvey. the
'orst shyster in these parts, as I'm
:old. Now, I believe that the whole
job has been put up by Harvey and
:hat it is based upon facts told him
"'hat seems likely," said I. "Being
n your house, Cobb would naturally
ry into everything that might be of
se to him. Hie probably heard the old
;tory of Walmsley's suit and the mIss
"It's some kind of a game, of course."
oontinud Kelvin, "but here is the fact:
f this fellow can really produce this
Ieed, i'm willing to pay something for
tt and ask no questions. More than
hat, I'll do my best to withdraw thc
harge of theft against Cobb In the
flatter of the diamonds."
I told Kelvin that I thought it a great
nistake to permit a rascal to triumph
n this way and go scot free after a
rime which reaily had no excuse. In
ny opinion, one should take the side of
:he law in such matters for the protec
:ion of the community. If Cobb had
een a sorely tempted man I would
ne wished to see the utmost leniency
;own to him, but he had committed a
ald crime and was now following It
i with another. The place for such a
an is the penitentiary.
"In a business matter," said Kelvin,
'I never lose sight of this one great
)oint- What is it that I'm after? In
his case it is the deed that completes
y title-to The Elms. If I could get it
or nothing and send Cobb to the pen
itentiary to boot, I'd do it. Perhaps
here may be a way to manage that."
It is my judgment," said I, "that the
eliow has a bogus deed for sale."
"The same thing occurred to me, of
ourse," responded Kelvin. "and for
fat reason I put Cobb off. If I'd asked
tiim to produce his document. I should
at hae known whether it was genu
"He couldn't have had it in his pock.
i, Mr. Kelvin," said Donald. "The fel
low had just come from jail, where he
"If it Is bogus," I suggcsted, "Joe
lrvey probably made it and now has
tt in his office."
Kelvin rubbed the knees of his trou
sers with the palms of his hands, a
ay he had when app)roaching the one
reat point - "What is It that I'm
I'm told that you are an espert in
hese matters, Mr. Hanrrington," said
.h "I've made some quiet inquiries
and have come to the conclusion that
there isn't a lawvyer in this county-in
fact, that there isn't a man of any pro.
Cession anywhere-who could pass up
on the genuIneness of that document
Copr ight, 1 by _f
Charles W. Hooke '
!,YSTERY OF THE 1EAD MIsER, HAND.
HILE I was quietly endear
oring to secure as much of
, the branch stock as cold
be had. Kelvin made a sonic
hlat more open move than I had ex
)cted at this stage of the game. Ile
ippeared in the office of the railroad.
it the junction. accompanied by Wil- t
hm Iackett, and the transfer of the
ntire Hackett interest was recorded
ipo- the books. It amounted to 3,000
Afterward IHackett came over to see
ne : t Tunbridge and told me that this
eticn was in accordance with his own
tipt lation. Ile had refused to sell at <
ny price or to use his influence to se
uri: the stock from the other heirs un
ess, Kelvin would agree, in writing, to t
celare himself the owner through the
sual medium of the stockbook before
"That was very honorable'in you,
Xilliam," said I. "But I wish you had
iven me a chance at the stock."
"The deal was proposed to me in con
dence," he rejoined. "I could not dis
ose it to you. Besides," he added
:houghtfully, "I wouldn't have had the
%ace to ask you to meet his terms."
This was all that I could make him
ay about the price which Kelvin had
"I knew what he wanted it for," said
e, "but it's a wild financial night
mare. Kelvin will never get control of
"He will come mighty close to it,
William," said I.
Upon the same day at a later hour I
received a call from Kelvin. He came
.o my office to see me, and the shock of
bhat surprise was considerable to a
man of my years.
Kelvin is capable of that engaging
rankness of deportment which char
icterizes the man who does not see
nything wrong in lying. He men
ioned his investment in the branch
tock as if it had been something that I
should be glad to hear of. When he
moved into a town, he said, it was al
mays his way to get a property interest
side from a mere house in which to
ive. It made him feel free to go ahead
nd take a hand in the town's affairs.
Ele had bought this branch stock be
ause it was a good investment and
because it would identify him with C
unbridge, which, because of its situa
on, depended so much upon the rail- t
ad for its prosperity.
When he had finished this address,
perceived that the real reason of his
risit did not lie in that matter at all.
rhis amicable mention of it had merelyI
paved the waf for .something else. .
hile he was preparing to introduce
his other subject, the nature of which 1
could not guess, Donald strolled into4
he office, and, seeing Kelvin, be was I
ibout to back out again.
"Nothing private," said Kelvin. t
Don't go on my'account. I'd be gladr
o have you stay. This is a case where 1
tuperhuman agencies will be welcome-"
"A case in which they would be wel- I
ome to me. sir," said Donald, "would 1
be a distinct novelty in my experience."
I recognized a flavor of little Rlollo <
2 this remark which let me know that
Donald was disturbed in mind.
"As an old resident of Tunbridge,"f
said Kelvin, turning to me, "you willi
-emember Ezra Walmsley."r
I have already mentioned this old I
niser whose mortal part-with the ex
~eption of the right hand-loy buried in
ubridge cemetery. He was a mosti
anpleasant creature, a sullen and bru
a scoffer against all things sacred, and I
mar of secret and mysterious ways.
rhe house in which he lived had longi
been viewed with disfavor by the su
perstitious, for it had a history before
Walmsley's day. It was set with a
~orner to the road and had been paint
d red in some dim date of old times,
but the paint had weathered to a dingyi
black, upon which, in certain states of V
he atmosphere, dull spots like fadedji
blood stains would appear in curious j.
iesigns. When Walmsley died, his1
board proved to be very small, thoughI
there were stories of large sums hid
den. What was found the public ad
ministrator took charge of for lack of
"Yes" I replied to Kelvin. "I knew
im, but there is an old maxim which
would prevent my saying anything!
about him now that he is dead."
"Don't know any good of him, ehy'
-esponded Kelvin. "Well. I guess there
wasn't much to know. But to get back
to business. My property up here, The
ms used to be called the Stoughton
piace. That family in this town goes
back to colonial times.. Ezra Walmsley
arried a Stoughton after the family
had lost its money and was nearly ex
nc When Mrs. Walmsley died, she
was supposed to be the very last of the
Stoughton blood. Soon after ward, along
In the early sixties, Walmisley, as the
Licir of his wife, brought suit for this
property which Is now mine. IHe cim
ed that there had been no legal ti-ans
"That was his contention," said I. "'A
family named Westcott then owned the
place. Norman Westcott, the head of:
the family, was a colonel in the U'nion
rmy and a fine fighting man. Because!
Colonel Westcott was busy puttini
down the rebellion Walmsley thought~
that the chance of making trouble with
his suit was quite good, but the colo
nel came back, and the suit was set
ted. The whole truth never came out,
so far as I know. It was very much
of a mystery, as I remember. About
that time Walmisley lost his right hand,
nobody knew how. There was a legend
that he had sold it to the devil, but if;
so he didn't get his price, which could
hardly have been anything else than
the fine property nowv known as Kelvin
"What do you suppose the facts
wer" asked Kelvin.
"The facts commonly known," I re
plied "were that the public record of
the transfer of the property from the
Stoughtons to the Westcotts had been
destroyed and that Colonel Westcott
ould not produce any deed, or, to be:
wote exact. M1rs. Westcott couldn't
roduce it. .Just what happened when
the colonel suddenly and unexpected
ly appeared no one could find out.
He may have shown the deed to:
Walsley and thus have ended the
proceedings, but there is another story'
to the effect that Walmisley had this
deed himself and that Westcott got it
wawy from him either by force or by a.
"Come up to the house and talk it ovcr,"
said Kelvin. m
r-said that I hbd been much over- h
praised to him, but admitted that I had al
made some study of documentary evi
dexice bearing upon real estate titles in a
that region. Every public record of
any importance was destroyed by fire a3
forty odd years ago, with the result E
that many a bit of property there
about was in the same status as Kel- a
vin Elms. 13
"If the document comes into your
possessiori," said I, "it will give me fc
pleasure to assist you In any way that
lies within the scope of my ability." C
"I've made an appointment with C
Cobb for tomorrow evening," said Kel- c!
in. "Meanwhile I've got your friend fr
Graves Reedy keeping an eye on him a]
so that if he's got the document stowed
away anywhere and goes to take a look 10
at It I may be spared the expense of sl
paying him for it."
"Unless I misjudge Cobb," said Don
ald, "he will be too shrewd to do such
a thing and fully shrewd enough to
find out that Mr. Reedy is watching
Kelvin wheeled 'around in his chair
and beamed upon Donald, rubbing his
knees_ meanwhile with great enthusi- r(
asm. It is lucky that the man can af-,
ford as many pairs of trousers as he
may require, for he must wear them
"Perhaps you can save us all further cI
trouble In this matter," said he. "What tI
do the psychic influences say about it? D
Understand," he added hastily, observ- s
ng that Donald looked dangerous, "I'm
no scoffer. I may speak lightly of n
these matters, but I'm not such a fool ti
as to assert that there's nothing In b.
them. Why, I've seen with my own
eyes. You found those diamonds, and a
I'm free to say that I don't believe tI
there's another two legged creature on
earth who could have followed that fel- s
low's trail as you did." a
"Some of the lower animals possess d
remarkable instincts," said Donald,
smiling. "I would not pretend to
match them. As to this present mat- E
ter, I am completely Ignorant. I don't
know a thing about It."
He arose and walked around the
room. That uneasiness which was by
this time familiar to my eye was upon
"Let me suggest," he faltered after '
several attempts to express himself, h
--tyou shouldn't go too fast In this
ai~ir. I'd like to help you if I could."
"Come up to the house and talk it
over," said Kelvin. "We don't see
enough of you."p
It was quite true that the Kelvins S
saw little of Donald. He seemed to
avoid Mrs. Kelvin when she came to s
our house, though his manner toward b
her when she succeeded In finding himn a
was never lacking in respect. Indeedp
he had the power to draw out the Very h
best that was in the woman, and there
were times that they were togetheru
whem I have been able to understand
how Mrs. Kelvin happened to be bless- e
ed with so amiable a daughter.a
I tried to get Donald to speak of this
blackmailing affair after Kelvin had a,
left us together, but he insisted that ei
he had no intimations regarding it n
except an unfounded belief that the b
eed offered for sale by Cobb was gen- tl
nine. I would rather trust one of Don- e
ad's "unfounded" beliefs than any ia
other kind, and I told him so, where- ri
upon he plunged deeper Into the dis- E
tress that always marked the approach
of tue condition in which psychic rev
elations were granted to him. a
Presently he wandered out, and I a
did not see him again until dinner time. 9
After dinner he got upon a horse, and k
it was late when he returned, dusty h
and tired. The night was very warm, h
and we were all out of doore. Donald v
sat down on the steps of the veranda at o
his mother's feet, and she supported
his head upon her knee. S
"We have deeided to stay in Tun- t)
bridge this summer," said she. "We
shan't go to the seashore for August.
There's, so much trouble about this It
miserable stockholders' meeting, which t]
doesn't occur until the 15th." v
"Who have decided to stay in Tun- a
bridge?" asked Donald. a
"All of us," she replied. "Carl and ii
your father don't feel that they can ih
take any vacation before the meeting, d
and by that time the summer will be 1h
nearly gone. But we shall be very gay e
here. Carl and I have been planning a ti
lawn fete for Aug. 20, so that you and C
little Amy Kelvin may dance together d
on the green. 1Her father will have n
been nicely beaten in his nefarious C
schemes by that time, so that there'll n
be no bar to perfect harmony between u
the families." t
"I wouldn't do it, little mother," said s:
"Why?" she asked, bending over him. q
She had detected the serious note in s
his voice. She knew that he truly n
meant what he said. u
Donaldson and Carl were talking ear
nestly in what might be called the p
background of our little group. I was ti
in the middle distance. and, while os. E
tensibly occupied with what the other a
men were saying, I had an ear for E
"I think it's going to rain on Aug. e
20 said he after a pause. h
"Tell the truth." she commanded, g
forcing him to look up into her eyes. o
"Yo will not feel like giving a fete 'I
on that day," said Donald hurriedly. fl
"Something is going to happen. You ti
will be surprised and griev'ed; you will a
wish that you hadn't issued any invi- n
tations for people to come here. Now, a
please don't worry. Promise me that il
you won't. It had to happen. You g
won't ask me any more questions, will a:
you? You've been such a good mother
all through this crazy, dreadful sum- a
mer. Wait .inst a little longer. Trust t<
me and believe in me. Nobody else y
loves anybody in the world so much as li
I love you." s<
She bent down close to him, and I b
did not hear what she said, nor did 1 ci
hear his reply, which was very ear- v
neslW uttrd as I conld se hy the 3
:ptession of its- face. Tne ll;gnt rrom
hanging lamp struck down upon him.
e looked very handsome and wonder
Ily like his mother. The resemblance
emed to leay out into view. It was
most as if her face had been mir
red for a moment In his. What he
id must have reassured her, for she
ailed and kissed him tenderly upon
He arose presently, and I at the same
ne. We walked up and down togeth
on the veranda.
"Have you been giving any thought
Mr. Kelvin's troubles?" I asked.
"I have thought what an unearthly
rve the man had to come to you for
sistance at this time," said Donald.
"It is both amusing and interesting,"
replied. "Certainly I shall not refuse
help him, and I shall give him my
st opinion as to the genuineness of
e.document if he recovers it Will
Donald understood perfectly that I
nsulted him as an oracle and that my
estion had no reference to ordinary
iman information. He twisted his
Lnds nervously together before reply
"Isn't Jim Bunn an expert on docu
ents of that kind?" he asked. "Doesn't
know almost as much as you do
"I shouldn't be surprised if he knew
ore," said I.
"Couldn't you arrange it so that you
id Mr. Bunn and I could be at Mr.
elvin's tomorrow evening?"
"Undoubtedly," I replied, "but Cobb
ouldn't talk before so many wit
Donald stood still and rubbed his
"I have a curious impression about
)bb," said he. "I can't seem to see
)bb. Do you know a thin, sallow
oeeked man with deep wrinkles drawn
om his eyes to his chin, as if his nose
id mouth were Inclosed in marks of
Lrenthesis? le's got a queer, side
ng gait and always carries his left
Loulder ahead of him when he walks."
"I don't know such a man," said I,
d yet I seem t: be reminded of
"If there were any person of that de
ription," said Donald, "I'd say that
would bring that paper to Mr. Kel
n. We might ask Mr. Bunn tomor
w. He kncws eve ;. i .-1::0in forty
les of Tunbridge."
Next morning on my way to the ofice
called at The Elms and repeated
onald's proposal to Kelvin, who ac
pted it readily. :Afterward I laid
e case before Bunn and mentioned
onald's sketch of the person whom he
med to see delivering the deed.
"The devil!" cried Bunn, whose
rves were in an even worse condi
>n than usual. "That's old Walmsle)
The description certainly fitted him,
id yet I was not prepared to believe
at he would rise from the grave in
hich he had lain for more than a
ore of years and atone for the fraud
:tempted in his life by restoring the
>cument upon which it had depended.
YSTERY OF THlE DEAD MISER's HAND
KELVIN had named half past 9
o'clock as the time when he
would receive his erring serv
ant. It may have been an hour
riier that Donald, Jim Bunn and. I
ent to The Elms.
We were treated somewhat as if we
d been a band of conspirators and
ere ushered with appropriate secrecy
to a small room opening off the libra
.It was dimly lighmted, and the cur
Lns were closely drawn, making the
ace very uncomfortable on a warm
Graves Reedy was there, much to my
irprise, for I supposed that he would
shadowing Cobb. The detective's
anner revealed to me that strictly
ofessional cheerfulness with which
a bears adversity.
"Cobb has disappeared," said Kelvin.
iEr. Reedy has lost track of him."
"Temporarily, temporarily," respond
I Reedy. "We shall pick him up
He then went on to explain how this
cident had happened. Cobb had tak
1up his abode in a little hotel which
cst of us in Tunbridge would have
en glad to see the last of, and from
us place in the course of the previous
ening Cobb had withdrawn himself
ia manner so secret as to elude the
smarkably keen eyes of Mr. Graves
The detective had promptly discov
-ed the fact of the fellow's absence,
ad, being firmly convinced that the
[air of the deed and the bogus heir
'as a plot in which Joe Harvey, the
.wyer, was intimately concerned, he
ad gone to ,Uarvey's house, but Cobb
ad not appeared there, nor had he re
ealed himself during the remainder
Sthe ight and the following day.
"He's gone to get the document,"
id Kelvin. with decision. "I think
at his disappearance is a good sign."
I turned to Reedy for his opinion.
"There's another way or looking at
," said he. "You must remember that
us job may not be on you, Mr. Kel
in. I've explained that already," he
Ided, turning to mec. "Cobb was in jail,
ad he wanted to get out. So he gets
to communication with this shyster
ug lawyer, convinces him that the
eed which Mr. Kelvin wants is in ex
tece, puts up the job of the pretend
Walsley heir and induces Harvey
furnish $500 cash bail In order that
obb may get out of jail and find the
ied. You see, Harvey could get his
toney back any time by surrendering
obb, so he doesn't think that he risks
tuch. But Cobb really hasn't any doe
ment to produce. All he wanted was
get out of limbo, and, being out, he
rips, leaving Harvey hung up in the
Er for half a thousand. This looks
aiite reasonable to me, and when I
tid that we'd pick up Cobb I didn'r.
can that we'd necessarily pick him
p in this town."
There was a silence following this
:esentationl of the case, and during
e interval I happened to notice Jim
unn eying Donald in a questioning
ny. In regard to Donald's powers
unn had the most marked alterna
ons of skepticism and belief. He was
idently more deeply interested than
cared to own. He was by nature
-edy for the marvelous and capable
great excitement over mysteries.
here had been periods when he had
equented such "mediums" as adver
se in the newspapers and had sought
Ivice upon business matters from the
Lst absurd sources. It was ever his
-ay to be convinced in a monient and
men to change his attitude to one of
eneral and feverish incredulity quite
unreasoning as his belief had been.
In regard to Donald, I think he was
uch Influenced by Carl Archer, who
k a frivolous view of the subject;
at Bun would have been giad to be
i;'e the contrary. H~e was looking for
>e great revelation that would have
at one nterpretation, and he had wel
>ined this chance to go with us to Kel
ns In .the hope of seeing that which
ou1d set all his doubts at rest-per
hips in the fear or seeing It, for he had
a deep seated terror of the supernat
le felt, as I did, that Donald would
not have gone to that house unless he
had known that he had work to do
there. Always in such cases there
seemed to be a great Impelling force
urging Donald onward despite the re
luctance of his will.
"Well," said Bunn at last, unable to
restrain his impatience any longer,
"what do you think of it, Don?"
"Don't ask me," responded the boy
gloomily. "I don't know anything
about it. If I could only think of some
He paused and was very unwilling to
proceed, though we all urged him.
Finally he said:
"If I could think of any way that
this document could be returned with
out Cobb's having anything to do with
it-Cobb, Harvey or any of that crew
why, then I'd know what I was talk
"You are thinking ot the man whom
:rou described to me," said L
He shook his head.
, e decided I was mistaken," he re
pilcd. "That man can't bring back the
"Why?" asked Bunn In a sort of
It evidently required a great effort
for Donald to answer him.
"Because," be said, as if the words
were forced out of him, "the man's
Bunn looked at me and nodded.
"What did I tell you?" he whispered.
"I am inclined to think," said Donald,
"that I was mixing the past with the
future. That's the great trouble with
this foolish business. I don't doubt
that you've all had similar experiences.
Everybody must have them once in
awhile. Something comes into your
mind; you see it; you know it for an
actual occurrence. But it has no time.
There's nothing to tell you whether the
thing is going to happen a hundred
years from now or whether it happen
ed a hundred years ago."
"There's the little matter of clothes,"
Donald showed mild surprise.
"You don't always see clothes, of
course," said Donald as if he couldn't
bring himself to believe that Reedy
had been serious. "You see the thing
that has no need of clothes or of flesh
and bones-the essence of an action.
If you should strike me with a knife,
Mr. Reedy, do-you suppose that there'd
be nothing in the act except your arm
and the weapon? You might as well
say that there'd be nothing but ytur
coat sleeve or your skin. Within the
sleeve, within the skin, within the mus
cle and the bone, is something far more
"I guess you're getting out of my
line," said Reedy. "There may be
something of the kind, but I never saw
"I am surprised," replied Donald.
"But the point is," said Kelvin, bring
ing his practical mind to bear upon the
question, "shall we get hold of that pa
per? Now, let's bring it right down to
business. I'll give you or any other
man $1,000 for it. Yes, and I'll hear ar
gument on the question of more mon
I expected to see Donald get up and
walk out of the house, but he seemed
to be too deeply absorbed in his own'
thoughts or visions, or whatever they
can be called, to take note of what
Kelvin had said.
"We shall know all about this mat
ter in a few minutes," said Reedy,
looking, at his watch. "If Cobb doesn't
come, it's all off. And he'll be here on
time if he's coming."
We waited, therefore, with such pa
tience as we could command. At twen
ty minutes past 0 Kelvin went Into the
library, which was dark. Thereafter
we looked at our watches at least once
a minute until a quarter before 10,
when Kelvin came to the door and said
in a tone of disappointment:
"The fellow hasn't shown up."
"There's no use in waiting any Ion
ger," said Reedy. "No Cobb; no deed.
Your title is safe, Mr. Kelvin. The
whole thing was a fake."
"There Is a deed, though," said Don
ad so softly that no one but Bun and
I heard him. "And somebody, some
body, will deliver It here-the same man
whom I have seen. By heavens, dead
or alive, he will produce that docu
ment this night!"
Bunn took me suddenly by the arm,
and, I could feel that he was trembling
"There are queer things in tl-is world,
Mr. Harrington," he whisgred. "I
don't know just what to expect, do
"I expect Walmsley's ghost, If you
ask me," said I, with a laugh, and the
remark lacked very little of being per
At 10 o'clock Kelvin gave up the vigil
and summoned us all Into the library.
He had turned up the lights, and the
room was bright.
"I am sorry to have given you all this
trouble, Mr. Harrington," said he, "but
I had reason to expect a different end
ing of this affair."
"I don't think that it's ended yet," I
responded. "Donaid says that the deed
will be restored."
"Well," said Kelvin, "I hope he's
right. I'd like to get the thing off my
mind. It would be worth money to
me, as I've told you. I've got other
things to think about."
I was well aware that one of the
things to which he referred was my
own destruction, but this was a time
of truce in our warfare, and I felt un
der obligations to let the subject rest
Indeed, my attention was almost imme
diately attracted to Donald, who had
advanced to the end of a long and
heavy table of black oak, the top of
which was bare. He was staring down
at this table, and his attitude was
rigid. Bunn spoke to him twice and
even laid a hand upon his arm, but the
boy did not stir.
Presently, however, he shook him
self and stood erect
"I have a curious fancy," he said.
"Mr. Kelvin, may I ask you where you
got this table? It's a queer question"
"That was in the house," said Kelvin.
"It's very old."
Donald tapped upon it with his fin
"What made that mark?" he asked.
The mark extended across a corner
of the table and may have been ten
Inches long. It was quite deep at one
end and a mere scratch at the other.
"I don't know," said Kelvin, examin
ing it. "From-the looks of the thing I
should say that it was made a long
"Before you were born, my son," said
Reedy to Donald. "Looks as if some
body had hit It with a cr'eaver."
Donald drew In his breath through
his closed teeth, and It made a pecul
larly eerie sound. I glanced hastily at
his face, and It wore a very strange
and almost terrifying expression. It
was as if he were dead; as if the spirit'
had departed out of him.
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