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"The money first. We don't Ile any
better than you do. Fork over. You'll
have to trust us. We have no use
for the girl once we get the cash."
"And you'll never touch a penny of
it, you blackguard!" cried Norton
from the doorway.
The agent turned to behold the re
porter and the girl. Ile did not stop
to ask questions, but bolted. He neve
got beyond the door, however.
"Always the small fry," sighed
Jones. "And if I could have put my
Took Florence Aboard.
bands on the money rd have given it
to him! Ah, girl, it doesn't do any
good to talk to you, does It?" -
"But they told me he-was dying!"
Treachery In :he Household.
The maid stole Into the house, won
dering if she had been seen. She
wanted to be loyal to this girl, but
she was tired of the life; she wanted
to be her own mistress, and the small
fortune offered her would put her on
the way to realize her ambition. What
had she not seen and be of life
since she joindd the great oetective
force! Lady's maid, cook, ship stew
ardess, flash woman, actress, clerk,
and a dozen other employments. Her
pay, until she secured some fat re
ward, was but twelve hundred a
year; and here was five thousand in
advance, with the promise of five
thousand more the minute her work
was done. And it was simple work,
'wlhout any real harm toward Flor-,
ence as far as she was concerned.
The whole thing rested upon one diffi
culty; would Jones permit the girls
to leave the house?
One day Florence found Susan sit-.
ting In a chair, her head in her hands.
"Why, Susan, what's the matter?"
"I don't know what is the matter,
dear, but I haven't felt well for two
or three days. I'm'dizzy all the time,
I can't read or sew or eat or sleep.
"Why didn't you tell me?" said Flor
ence, reproachfully. She rang for the
detectiv.maid. "Ella, I don't know
anything about doctors hereabouts."
"I know a good one, Miss Florence.
Shafl I send for him?"
"Do; Susan is 1ll."
Jones was not prepared for treach
ery in his owvn household; so when
he heard that a doctor had been celled
tio attend Susan he was without the
least suspicion that he had been be
trayed. More than this, there had
been no occasion to summon a doctor
In the seven years Mr. Hargreave had
lived here. So Jones went about his
petty household affairs without more
thought upon the matter. The maid
had been recommended to him as
one of the shrewdest young women
In the detective business.
The doctor arrived. He was a real
doctor; no doubt of that. He Investi
gated Susan's condition-brought
about by a subtle though not danger
ous poison--and instantly recom
mended the seashore. Susan was not
used to being confined to the house;
she was essentially an out-of-doors
little body. The seashore would bring
her about In no time. The doctor sug
gested Atlantic City because of its
mildness throughout the year and its
nearness to New York.
"rm afraid she'll have to go alone,"
said Jones, gravely.
"I shan't stir!" declared Susan "I
shan't leave my girl even If I am sick."
Susan caught Florence's hand and
"Would you like to go with her,
Florence?" asked Jones, with a shy
glance at the strange doctor. The shy
~,lance was wasted. The doctor evinced
no sign that it mattered one way or
the Qther to him.
"I is nothing very serious now,"
he voluntered. "But It may turn out
serious If It is ndt taken care of at
"What Is the trouble?" inquire4
Jones, who was growing fond of Su
"Weak heart. Sunshine and good
sea air will strengthen her up again.
No,. no!" as Jones drew forth his wal
let. "I11 send inmy blllthe first of
the month. Sunshine and sea air;
that's all that's necessary. And now,
Afll~ businesslike; not the least
aue the 'world. for any one to
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suspect that a new trap was being
set by the snarers. The maid re
turned to the sewing room, while
Florence coddled her 6ompanlon and
made much of her.
Jones was suspicious, but dig in
his mind as he would he could find
no earthly reason for this suspicion
save that this attribute was now in
stinctive, that it was always near the
top. If Susan was ill she must be
given good care; there was no getting
around this fact. Later, he telephoned
several prominent physicians. The
strange doctcr was recommended as
a good ordinary practitioner and in
good standing; and so Jones dismissed
his suspicions as having no hook to
hang them on.
His hair would have tingled at tb
roots, however, haa he known tist
this same physelqan was one of the
two who had signed the document
which had accredited florence wit1R
L:.sanity and had 4blbut succeeded
in makng a suppos on a fact. Nor
was Jones aware of the fact that the
telephone wire had been tapped re
cently. So when he AnaIly concluded
to permit Florence to accompany Su
san to Atlantic City he telephoned to
the detective agency to send up a
trusty man, who was shadowed from
the moment he entered the Hargreave
home till he started for the railway
station. He became lost in the shuf
fle and was not heard from till weeks
later, in Havana. The Black Hundred
found a good profit in the shanghai
Susan began to pick up, as they say,
the day after the arrival at Atlantic
City, due, doubtless, to the cessation
of the poison she had been taking
unawares. The two young women be
gan to enjoy life for the first time
since they had left Miss Farlow's.
They were up with the sun every day
and went to bed tired but happy. No
one bothered them. If some stray re
porter encountered their signatures on
the hotel register, he saw nothing to
excite his reportorial senses. All this,
of course, was due to Norton's policy
of keeping the affair out of the pa
Following Jones' orders, they made
friends with none. Those about the
hotel-especially the young men
when they made any advances were
politely snubbed. Every night Flor
ence would write to her good butler
to report what had taken place dur
ing the day, and he was left to judge
for himself if there was anything to
arouse his suspicions. He, of course,
believed the two were covertly guard
ed by the detective he had sent after
When Braine called up Olga he
found his doctor there.
"Well, what's the news?" he asked.
"I had better run down and inquire
how the young lady is progressing,"
said the doctor, who was really a first
rate surgeon and who had performed
p. number of skilled operations upon
various members of the Black Hun
dred anent their encounters with the
police. "I've got Miss Florence where
you want her. It's up to you now."
"She ought to be separated from-her
companion. We have left them alone
for a whole week, so Jones will not
worry particularly. A mighty curious
thing has turned up. Before Har
greave's disappearance not a dozen
persons could recollect what Jones
looked like. He was rarely ever in
sight. What do you suppose thak
"D~on't ask me," shrugged the man
of medicine. "I shouldn't worry ovet
"But we can't stir the old fool.
We can't get him out of that house,
fNe tried to get that maid to put a
ittle something in his coffee, but she!
stands off at that. She says that she
did as she agreed in regard to Flor
ence, but her agreement ended therea
"Why, Suan, Wha's heMate?
"Whya, Su san hat'tyWhie Matea
hodn eiti Fnoruen ogoo. a
she have gin me.he aefentotuand
withad anodin she lrng for thel
"ayuthreatensaed her? andeed
shraewdild little. "ho deserl
woant monefyify. Wn h ille p aed;
she hasin out oei. Wehaewl notln
mnove another step, one way or the
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other, after she receives the bal=WC
.0argreave will have a pretty ste
bill to pay when the time comes."
"She has no idea where the mll
"If she had, she's quite capabI
of tugging it off all by herself,"
he doctor laughed.
"Olga." went on Bralne, "yon mU
look at it as I do; that it Is still id
dle of the game, and we havi
reither lost nor won."
'ow do you know that Hargreave
m;4 not have at his beck and call
' organization quite as capable If
iot as large as ours?" suggested the
"That is not possible." Braine de
clar~d without hesitation.
"Well, it begins to look that way
to me. We've never made a move yet
that hasz't been blocked."
"Pure luck each time, I tell you;
the devil's own luck always at the
critical moment, *hen everything
seems to be in our hands. Now, we
varut Florepce, and we've tried 4
hundred ways to accomplish this fact
and failed. The question is, how to
get her away from. her companion?'
"Simple enough," said the doctor
"Out with it, if you have an Idea."
The doctor leaned forward and
whispered a few words.
"Well, I'm hanged!" Bralne laughed
and slapped the doctor on thi
shoulder. "The simplest thing in the
world. Mad dog wouldn't be In It.
I always said that you had gray mat
ter if you cared to exert yourself."
"Thanks," replied the doctor dryly.
'll drop down there tomorrow, If
you say so, ostensibly to see the other
patient. It will make a deude of a dis
"Not it you scare the hotel people."
"That is what I propose to do. They
will not want such a thing known.
It would scare every one away for
the rest of the season' But of course
this depends upon whether they are
bonest or in the hotel business to
Again Braine laughed. "Bring her
back to New York alone, Esculaplus,
and a fat check Is yours. Nothing
could be simpler than an idea like
this. It's a fact; no man can think
of everything, and you've just proved
It to me. Tve tried to do a general's
work without aids. Olga, does any one
watch me come and go any more?"
"No; I've watched a dozen nights.
The man has gone. Either he found
out what he wanted or he gave up the
job. To my mind he found out what
"And what's that?"
"Heaven knows!" discoursgedly.
"Come, doctor, suppose you and I
go down to Daly's for a little turn
"Nothing would suit me better."
"All aboard, then! Good-night,
Olga. Keep your hair on; I mean your
own hair. We're going to win out,
don't you worry. In all games the min
ute you begin to doubt you begin to
That same night Norton sat at his
desk, in his shirt sleeves, pounding
away at his typewriter. From time
to time he paused and teetered his
chair and scowled over his pipe at
the starllt night .outside. Bang! would
go his chair again, and clickity-click
would sing the keys of the machine.
The story he was writing was in the
ordinary routine; the arrival of a
great ocean liner with some political
notables who were not adverse to de
nouncing the present administration.
You will have noticed, no doubt, that
some disgruntled politician is always
denouncing the present administra
tion, it matters not If it be Republican
or Democratic. When you are out
of a good job you are always prone
to denounce. The yarn bored Norton
because his thoughts were miles
He completed his story, yanked out
th~ final sheet, called for a copy boy,
rose and sauntered over to the man
aging editor's door, before which he
paused indecisively. The "old man"
had been after him lately regarding
the Hargreave story, and he doubted
If his errand would prove suceessful.
However, he boldly opened the door
and walked in.
"umph!" said the "old man," twist
ing his cigar into the corner of his
mouth. "Got that story?'
Norton sat down. "Yes, but I have
not got It for print yet. Mr. Blair,
as, and get the
a Pastime will
id win the $:
cnt off in the
EK-LOOK FOR NEXT ISSUI
when you gave me the Hargreave job
you gave me carte blanche."
"I did," grimly. "But, on the other
hand, I did not give you ten years
to clear it up in."
"Have I ever fallen down on a
good story?" quietly.
"M', can't remember," grudgingly.
"Well, if you'll have patience I'll
Dot fall down on this one. It's the
greatest criminal story I ever handled,
but it's so big that It's going to take
"Gimme an outline."
"I have promised not to," with a
grimness equal to the "old man's."
"If a line of this story trickles out It
will mean that every other paper will
be moving around, and In the end
will discover enough to spoil my end
of it. I'll tell you this much: The
most colossal band of thieves this
country ever saw is at one end of the
stick. And when I say.that counter
feiting and politics and milions are
involted, you'll understand how big
it is. This gang has city protection.
We are running them all into a cor
ner; but we want that corner so deep
that none of them can wriggle out of
"Umhm. Go on."
"I want two months more"
The "old man" beat a tattoo with
his fat pencil. "SIxty days, then. And
If the yarn isn't on my desk at mid
"hunt for another job. All right.
I came in to ask' for three day'
You're your own boss, Jim, for sixty
days more. Whadda y' mean countef'
"Those new tens and twenties. It I
stumble on that right, why, I can turn
it over without conflicting with the
"Well, go to It."
"rm turning in my regular work,
day in and day out, and while doing
it I've gone through more hairbreadth
)ne of the Gang.
escapes than you ever heard of. They
have been after me. rye dodged fall
ing safes; rye been sbanghnad, pol
soned; but I haven't said a word."
"Good Lord! Do you mean all
"Every word, sir."
"I'll make it ninety days, Jiwn; and
if this story comes In I'll see that you
get a corking bonus."
'Tm not looking for bonuses. rm
proud of my work. To get this stor?
is all I want. Thit'll be enough.
Tlhanks for the extension In time.
Bo Florence received a long night
letter in the morning.
And the doctor arrived at about
the same time. And called promptly
upon his patient.
"Fine!" he said. "The sea air was
just the thing. A doctor always likes
to find his advice turning out well."
He glanced quizzically at Florence,
who was the pIcture of glowing health.
Suddenly be frowned anxiously.
"You need not look at me," she
laughed. "I never felt better In all
"Are you sure?" he asked gravely.
"Why, what in the world do you
He did not speak, but stepped for
ward and took her by the wrist, hold
ing his watch in his othet' hand. He
shook his head. He looked very
"What is It?" demianded Susan,
with growing terror.
"Go to your own room Immediately
and remain there for the present," he
ordered. "I must see Miss Hargreave
He opened the door and Susan
passed out bewilderedly. He returned
to Florence, who was even more bewil
dered than her companion. The doe
tor began to ask her questions; how
she slept, if she was thirsty, felt pains
in her back. She answered all these
questions vaguely. Not the slightest
suspicion entered her head that she
was being hoodwinked. Why should
she entertain any suspicion? This
doctor, who seemed kindly and benev-:
olent, who bad prescribed for Susai
and benefited her, why should ShE'
"In heaven's name, tell me what 1(
the matter?" she pleaded.
"Stay here for a little while @4
Pil be back. Under no circumstanCeS
leave your room till I return."
He paced out into the hall, to saeet
the frantic Susan.
"We must see the manager at ones,"
he repid to hera" queries. "And Wb
show each chi
[,000. Be sul
midst of the st
must be extremely quiet about It.
There must be no excitement. You
had better go to your room. You
must not go into Miss Hargreare's.
Tell me, where have you beent Rave
you been trying to do any charitable
work among the poorer classes?"
"Only onee," admitted Susan. now
on the verge of tears.
"Only once Is sufficient. Come;
we'Ml go and see the manager to
They arrived at the desk, and the
manager was summoned.
"I take it," began the doctor lowly,
"that a contagious disease, if it be
Had No Suspicion That She Was Be
came known among yoiur guests,
'would create a good deal of disturb
"Disturbance! Good heavens, man,
it would ruin my business for the
whole season!" exclaimed the astound
"I am sorry, but this young lady's
companion has been stricken with
The manager fell back against his
desk, his jaw fallen. Susan turned
as white as the marble top.
"The only way to avoid trouble is
to have her conveyed immediately to
Uihe can be treated
'b &ay me now;
The manaer was glad enough to
"She is not dangerous at present,
.but it Is only a matter of a few hours
when the disease will become virulent.
If you will place a porter before Miss
Hargreave's door till I make arrange
ments to take her away, that will
. Smallpox! Susan wandered aimless
ly about, half out of her mind with
terror. There was no help against
sudh a dread disease. Her Florence,
her pretty rosy cheeked Florence, dis
figured for life . . .!
"Miss Susan, where is Florence?"
"0, Mr. Norton!" she gasped.
"What's the trouble?" Instantly
"Florence has the smalipozi"
"Impossiblet Come with me."
But the porter. having had the
striCtest orders from the manager, re
fused to let them Into Florence's
"Never mind, Susan. Come along."
Out of earshot of the porter he said:
"My room is directly above Florence's.
We'll see what can be done. This
smells of the Black Hundred a mile
off. Smallpox! Only yesterday she
wrote me that she never felt better.
Have you wired Jones?"
"I never thought tof "
"Then I shall. Our old friends are
at work again."
"But It's the same doctor who sent
me down here."
What followed all appeared In the
reporter's story, as written three
months later. He and Susan went up
to his room, raised the flooring, cut
through the ceiling, and with the fire
escape rope dropped below. One
glance at Florence's tear-stained face
was enough for him. Ncrton's subse
quent battle with the doctor and his
accomplices made very interesting
reading. Their escape from the hotel,
their flight, their encounter with one
of the gang in the read, and Flor
ence's blunder into the bed of quick
sand, gave a succession of thrills to
the readers of the Blade.
And all this while the million ac
cumulated dust, layer by layer. Per
haps an occasional hardy reach
scrambled over the packets, no doubt
attracted by the peculia.r odor of the
Setting Traps for Norton.
The Black Hundred possessed three
seprate council chambers, always in
preparation. Hence, when the one in
~eq was burmed down they transferred
theIr contenenoes to the second coun
cil chamber appointed Identically the
same as the first. As Inferred, the or
# Iand t~e biidings in which
they had their council chambers.
leased them for a number of years,
and refurnished them secretly with
trap floors, doors and panels and all
that apparatus so necessary to men
who are sometimes compelled to make
a quick getaway.
When the Atlantic City attempt was
turned into a fiasco by Norton's timely
arrival Bruine determined once more
to rid himself of this meddling re
porter. He knew too much, In the
irst place, and In the second plae
Brane wanted to learn whether the
reporter bore a eharmed life or was
just ordinarily lueky. He would- at
tempt nothing delicate, requiring
ness. He would simply waylay Nor
>ry, "The Mill
pter as it app
re that your e
ton and make a commonplace end
of him. He would disappear, this re
porter, that would be all; and wher
they found hlm he might or might
not be recogntzspble.
So Braine caled a conference and
he and his fellow rogues went over a
number of expedients and finally
agreed that tire best thing to do would
be to send a man to the newspaper,
ostensibly as a reporter looking for
a situation. Wih this acuse he would
be able to hang around the city room
for three or four days, The idea back
of this was to waylay Norton on his
way to some assignment which took
him to the suburba.
All this was arranged down to the
smallest detail; and a man whom they
wdre quite certain Norton had not
yet seen was selected to play the
part. He had been a reporter once,
tnore's the pityl ao there was no doubt
of his being able t6 handle his end
of the game.
01 want Norton. I want him badly,"
6eclared Braine, "and woo to you if
you let booze play in between you and
the obJect of this move."
The man selegted to act the re
porter hung his head. Whisky had
been the origin of his faR from hon
est living, and he was not so cal
loused as not to feel the sting of
remorse at times.
"More," went on Bralne, "I want
Norton brought to 49. It's a little off
the beat, and we can handle Norton
as' we p,!ease. When we get rid o4
this newspaper ferret there'll be an
other to eliminate. But he's a fox,
and a fox must be set to trail him."
"And who is that?"
"Jones, Jones, Jones!" thundered
Braine. "He's the live wire. But 'he
leporter Erst. Jones depends a lot
on him. Take away this prop and
Jones will not be so sure of himself.
There's a man outside all this circle,
and all these weeks of warfare have
not served to bring him into the
"Hargreave is dead," said Vroon
"As dead as I am," gnarled Braine.
"Two men went away in that balloon;
and I'll wager my head that one man
Came back. I am beginning to put
a few things togethet that I have
net thought of before. Who knows?
That balloon may have been carried
out to sea purposely. The captain on
that tramp steamer may have lied
from beginning to end. I tell you,
Hargreave is alive, and wherever he
is he has his hand on all the wires.
He has agents, too, whom we know
nothing about. Hang the million! I
'ant to put my hands on Hargreave
just to prove that I am the better
man. He communicates with Jones, per
haps through the reporter; he has had
me followed; it was he who changed
the boxes, bored the hole in the ceil
,ing of the other quarters and learned
heaven knows What."
"If that's the case," said Vroon,
"why hasn't he had us apprehended?"
Braine laughed heartily. "Haven't
you been able to see by this time what
hgame is? Revenge. He does not
want the police to meddle only In the
smaller affairs. He wants to put ter
ror into the hearts of all of us. Keep
this point in your mind when you act.
He'll never summon the police unless
Wre make a broad daylight attempt to
'get possession of his daughter. And
even then he would make It out a
plain case of kidniaping. Elimination,
that's the word. All right. We'll
play at that game ourselves. No. 1
ehall be Mr. Norton. And If you fal
'll break you," Braine added to the
'll get him," said the man sullenly.
Later, when he applied for a situa
tion on the Blade, It happened that
there were two strikes on fiand, and
two or three extra men were needed
n the city staf. The man from the
Florehce Falls into a Bed of Quick
Black Hundred was given a tezmporary
job and went by the name of Gregg.
For three days he worked faithfully,
abstaining from his favorite tipple.
Hie had never worked in New York,
so his record was unknown. He had
told the city editor that he had worked
on a Chicago paper, now defunct.
Hie Daid no attention whatsoever to
Norton, a sign of no little acumen.
On the other hand Norton never went
forth on an assignment that Gregg
did not know exactly where he was
going. But all these stories kept Nor
ton in town; and it would be altogeth
er too risky to attempt to handle him
anywhere but outside of town. So
Gregg had to abide his time.
It came soon enough.
Norton was Idling at his desk when
the city editor called him up to the
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