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tfy Detective Stories
These storiOB arc a.lons; typical
Prnch linen, which portray the "crook"
W be actually Is, and not as c btio In
My tense of tho word.
Fantomas, the great crook, was In
prison In Belgium, Juvc the detcc
tive.'oii his trail, with Fandor, his jour
nalist friend, planned to get Fantomas
on French soil, so he might be properly
punished. The Marquis and Marquise
de Tergall were in llnauclal Btraits
and sold a $50,000 necklace. The
money for this was stolen by Bebc and
Bibonurd, pals of Fantomas. Juvc, im
personating Fantomas, secures his es
cape from the Belgium prison and
Fantomas hastens to France, assumes
the part of Magistrate Pradler, tak
ing up his duties. Fantomas makes
bis pals promise to give him the neck
lace. There was a big hunting party
at the home of the Marquis, Fantomas
-was among the guests. The Marquis
liad n chill and could not attend the
hunt. He stayed in his room, his wife
told Fantomas, and the crook goes
tc. the basement, turns off the gas at
the meter, turns it on again, and the
room In -which the Marquis lies ill soon
fills with gas fumes from the grate.
When the hunters returned from
tho chnse, there was a call for the
Marquis do Tergall to tell nim of the
uccess of the hunt. His wife went for
him. The moment she opened the
door, the flood of gas nearly asphyxi
ated her. She staggered to a window,
and after throwing It open rushed to
the bed. The marquis was dead.
Heroic efforts were made to restore the
marquis to life, but were fruitless.
The false magistrate immediately
Instituted an inquiry. Having sent
every one out of the room, he ordered
the, marquis to appear before him.
When she had come with her maid,
'Fantomas sent the latter away that
he might speak privately with the
(JMadame, the inquiry I have just
made clearly proves your husband has
(been the victim of a crime."
He began thus In a dry, crafty man
Vierc' At the word "crime" she started
and.' looked at him intently.
"It was to the Interest of someone
that the marquis should die," he
'.'He hadn't a single enemy in the
"Vou're wrong there."
Terrified at the accusation, she sank
back) In her chair trembling.
"Yes, you," ho thundered. "You
wanted to get rid of your husband 10
that'yo'u might marry another."
PWith these words he whipped out
the letter he had stolen from the
y6ung man. She was struck dumb at
Ight of this damaging evidence.
'3ust them the accusation he was
about to make was prevented by sev
eral guests coming into the room.
However, Fantomas was not to be de
terred from carrying out his cruel
plan. Upon a card he penciled the
"If you do not give me $20,000
I shnll have you arrested for the
murder of your husband."
The terrorized woman bftwed her
head in assent. She would pay the
money rather than suffer her name to
be dragged in the mire.
The following day Fantomas went
to the little church where he had or
dered IMbonard to meet him. Fan
tomas had such a name for punishing
those who disobeyed there was no
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These stories give the exploits of one of the craftiest and most daring
criminals of French fiction. The stories arc now appearing on the moving
picture screen and have Just been released.
doubt the wretch would bo on hand.
"Where's the jewel case?" Fan
tomas bruskly demanded when Rlbo
The thief pointed directly upward.
They were right under the church bell.
"I hid it inside the bell. No one
would think of looking for it there."
"How are you going to get It? I
must have it, and I want it now."
"Come with me, nnd I'll show you."
The two men climbed some narrow
stairs to the platform around the base
of the steeple proper. Directed by
Ribonard, who held a long ladder.
Fantomas pulled the rope until he had
brought the bell to where It swung nt
on angle of forty-live degrees. Then
he tied the rope to a joist, nnd aided
Ribonard in placing the ladder against
the side of the bell.
Ribonard climbed the ladder. When
he had reached the mouth of the bell
and seated himself comfortably upon
the rim, an idea came to him. Why
should he divide with Fantomas, when
ho himself had done all the work?
Acting upon this thought, he came to
the conclusion he would stuff the jew
els into his pocket and throw down
the empty case.
Down below, Fantomas was getting
impatient. He also did some think
ing. At last the jewel case wns tossed
down to him. As soon as it was In
his hands, tho arch criminal snatched
away the ladder, leaving Ribonard a
prisoner in the bell. Then as the pris
oner looked down he saw the false
magistrate untie the rope which held
the hell at an angle.
Ribonard had just time to undo his
belt and his suspenders and use them
In tying himself to the clapper of the
boll before he found himself suspend
ed over the entry to the church sixty
or seventy feet below.
With the jewel ease in his pocket
Fantomas walked away from the
church. In a lonely place ho opened
tho case. It was empty. '
The following morning, the deaf old
sexton opened the church for the fu
neral of the Marquis de Tergall. H,e
did not hear Ribonard feebly calling
to him from the bell. He had some
trouble In pulling the bell-rope as the
mourners entered the church. Sud
denly there fell at the feet of a mem
ber of the funeral party a string of
pearls, then a shower of rings, and
then the floor wns spotted by drops
of blood. Fantomas was present and
took charge of the jewels which
strewed the floor.
Overhead, the corpse of Ribonard
was swinging from the clapper of thp
Fandor wont to St. Calais as soon
u. he learned of the strange series of
events which were agitating the in
habitants of that city. He installed
1 imsplf In the leading hotel, tho very
one In which the robbery of the jewel
er had taken place.
On coming out of the dining room
one day, the newspaper man happen
ed to pick up the wrong hat. From
it fell a paper which had been stuffed
under tho sweatband. Fandor return
ed It to the rack without replacing
the paper. Ho hnd not long to wait,
being rewarded by seeing a gentleman
with a white beard and white mus
tache take the hat.. When ho put on
the hat nnd found It too large, ho
looked around for the paper. It was
not to be seen, and ho quietly wont
Fandor decided he was well worth
The false imiKlstrato was surprised
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on reaching his office tho morning
following to receive a note from the
Department of Justice.
"Because of tho fact that a pen
ciled notation in regard to Fanto
mas was found on the body of Rib
onard," ran tho note, "the Depart'
incut of Justice has asked the Bel
gian authorities to allow the extra
ditlon of that criminal. He will be
placed at your disposal for examina
tion as soon as ho has been brought
to St. Calais."
Danger was approaching. He im
mediately made up his mind. There
was just one thing to do rid the
world of tho man who had taken his
place in prison. How to do it was be-
Mug revolved in his mind when there
came a knock on his door. Word was
lought that police officers were bring
ing for examination the Apache Bebe
and a man found in his company.
Having lost the jewels, Fantomas was
more anxious than ever to get his
hands on the money Bebc had stolen.
Left alone with the prisoners, the
false magistrate enjoyed their discom
fiture while he recounted certain of
their exploits which they did not be
lieve could be known to the police.
"Don't you know me?" he conclu
ded with a dry smile. "I am the one
whom all must obey. Look closely,
and you will recognize Fantomas!"
"Fantomas hlmse'f I" shrieked Bebe.
"1'es, you are at the mercy of Fan
tomas. Now then, Bebe, where did
jou hide the $50,000 you stole?"
Bebe tried to keep his secret, but
Fantomas beat him down.
"I gave the money for safe keeping
to Rosa, a maid In the employ of the
Marquise do Tergall."
"All right, Bebe, I believe you. Now
listen to me. A prisoner Is being
brought here from Belgium. During
the short walk from the train to this
office, he must die. It can bo easily
done If you follow my directions."
After rehearsing the men In the
parts they were to play, the false
magistrate had them set at liberty.
In the meantime, Fandor was not
Idle. Living in the same hotel with
Judge Pradler, he found it possible for
him to enter the lattcr's room unob
served. There he examined all the
hats possessed by the magistrate. In
each there was a strip of paper, except
in a traveling cap. The journalist
camo to the conclusion that If the hats
did not belong originally to the magis
trate, the cap at least did. In the lin
ing of the cap wns the name of the
Manufacturer, a Belgian. How did It
happen, that all the hats of the magis
trate came from Mont-de-Marsan.
while the cap came from Belgium?
Going to the telegraph office, he sent
tho following message to police head
quarters In Paris:
"Extremely urgent you send In
spectors Michel and Leon to St.
Fantomas now turned his attention
to the Marquise de Tergall. He has
asked that she call upon him, accom
panied by her maid. She had been
unable to raise the money he had de
manded, but brought him a letter she
had received from her attorney saying
that he would have the money the
following day for her.
Fantoinns was unable to protest and
walked with her to where Rosa was
waiting for her mistress. After nslc
ng permission to speak with the maid,
Fantomas beckoned her into tho of
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"There's no use heating about the
bush, Rosa. You have inside your
waist $50,000 stolen from tho Mnr
quls. Out with It, because I want
"It's not so," protested the maid.
"Then I shall have you searched."
In the face of this threat Rosa did
Fandor wns watching when Bebe
and his accomplice left tho magis
trate's office. When they entered a
cafe, he placed himself at a table near
them nnd began to write a message
for his paper, no know that their
interest would be aroused nnd they
would take note of what he wns writ
ing. "It is understood tho celebrated
bandit, Fantomas," wrote Fandor,
"will arrive in St. Calais tonight from
Ho Is now on his way in charge of
two police officers.
ne will bo taken from the station
immediately to tho office of the exam
Convinced, Bebe and his pnl hod
taken note of what ho was writing,
Fandor left the cafe.
It was midnight when the train
from Belgium reached St Calais. Two
police officers with a man in charge
got out of a compartment.
Suddenly two men jumped from be
side the path, making for the prison
er. If they had hoped their attack to
be unexpected, they were mistaken,
th.e prisoner and his guards were evi
dently watching for just such an at
tack. They fell upon their assailants,
and In a few seconds overpowered
them. The man they confronted -was
the one who had written the dispatch
that day in the cafe, Fandor.
Tho journalist had played a most
"Now that we have these two
Apaches safely under lock and key,"
Fandor said to the detectives after the
prlnsouers have been jailed, "we shall
loam about the identity of Judge Pra
dler." The next morning the false magis
trate was surprised to And the two
bandits brought before him, despite
the fact he had freed them the day be
fore. Disguised as police agents from
Belgium, Leon and Michel watched
him closely. Fantomas signed the
writ of commitment without a tre
mor. Bebe and his accomplice were
led away to prison.
Having seen the two men commit
ted. Fandor and the detectives has
tened to the office of the attorney gen
eral to ask that he see the prisoner
from Belgium before the man was
brought before the mnsgistrate.
The Marquise de Tergall came ro
the magistrate's office immediately
after the two Apaches were led away.
Fantomas was delighted for he real
ized the situation was getting hotter
and hotter, no decided to make a
oulck escape, and wanted to take with
him as much loot as possible. The un
happy woman wns admitted to his
cfllce. Proud and contemptuous, she
threw before Fantomas banknotes
amounting to twenty thousand dollars.
With n cold and crafty smile, he ac
companied her to the door.
What Fantomas saw as ho dis
missed tho marquise was enough to
frighten the stoutest criminal, but it
only quickened him to Instant action.
Walking toward tho office of tho at
torney general, he saw the prisoner
from Belgium. It was Juvc.
Fantomas ran back to his office and
rreparod for Instant flight. Into n
handgab he thrust tho jewels, also the
money he had received from the Mar
quise nnd the larger sum he had forced
Rosa to disgorge. When he opened
tho door to escape, two poflce officers
confronted him. One handed him a
note from the attorney general. It
"By' order of the attorney gen
eral, all doors of the court house
are locked, and no one will be per
mitted to leave until further notice."
Fantomas realized he had played
tho game and lost. He returned to
his office and rang the bell for tho
.endkeuper of the prNon. While wait
ing for the man he wrote an order
.which ho signed and sealed. This was
given tho keeper when he arrived, and
Funtomns impressed him with tho im
portance of executing It without ques
tion. "You are to fullll this order to the
letter," he admonished the man. "Do
so with gioatost seciccy. Just bear
In mind, the slightest Indiscretion will
mean you will lose your place."
It was not until he heard men
tramping about the corridor and mass
ing tliemsolvos nt his door that Fan
tomas moved from his chair. Then ho
quickly removed tho white wig and
beard which had served to disguise
him as the magistrate. An Instnnt
later Juve and Fandor, revolvers in
their hands, burst into the room, fol
lowed by a number of police officers.
"We've got you now, Fantomas,"
"Yes. you've caught me," answered
"This time I'll see you don't get
"I don't believe I'd boast yet, If I
were you." the master criminal ro
plied. Then he addressed himself -o
the others. "Yes. you've trapped Fan
tomas. Hero are my wrists for the
The handcuffs were snapped on, nnd
he wns led away to a cell. Juve him
self saw that the man was safely
Fantomas listened attentively for
every sound. It was midnight before
he heard steps on his corridor. The
door of his cell was unlocked. Before
him was the smiling hcadkeeper.
The following day the inquiry plan
ted by tho attorney general wns
about to begin. He sent for the head
keeper and asked him to bring the
"The prisoner!" smiled the keeper.
"Why, he's gone."
Every one In the room leaned for
ward when this news was broken to
"Yes, he's gone. I opened the door
for him myself."
Juve attempted to spring upon the
poor man, but wns restrained by those
who stood near.
"Why did you open the door?" was
the next question of the bewildered
"I was ordered to do so. ncre It
The headkeeper handed oVor the or
der which the false magistrate had
given him. It rend:
"Charles Pradler, examining mag
istrate, orders the headkeeper of
the prison to release with the great
est secrecy at twelve midnight the
prisoner who will be delivered to
him In the name of Fantomas. The
prisoner is in reality Detective Juvc
who seeks this means of leaving the
prison to deceive the band operat
ing under orders from Fantomas."
By another stroke of genius, Fanto
mas was again free.
(To Be Continued)
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