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THE MARION DAILY 1OBE0B, FRIDAY, AERI 12, 1912,
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To the llttlo semi-paralyzed gentle-1
mnn wiih th airtiriniriv Vnnnionnin
head, . who nftd arrived at tile Jlltz
Hotel, 'London, with a protty sister
nnj a valet, was brought on the morn
ing, after his arrival a visiting card
bearing the name:
Mb. John Luck
and no address appended thereto.
A v alter brought tho card to tho
MttlnK-room door of tho aulto of
rooms which tho scml-paraly2od gen-
tUmfiri.had engaged, and gavo It to
'.ho.yalct. Tho valet took It in to hia
waster, Mr. , appropriately named
ty'lvl)rophotlc parents, "Napoleon"
J'flttCe.'' Mr. Napoleon Prlnco was
having 'rcakfnst, It being only
eleven" o'clock of a hot August morn
ing.' His sister, small nnd ullm, with
her hair-dressed a la Josophlne, and
thfgh;WalH.ted frock, so that together
tboy looked rathor Uko an Impression
of thelFlrst Empire, was with him nt
;ho tabic Ho passed the card to her
with a silent laugh not a smile
and she read tho Inscription. She bit
Into her red lower lip with llttlo
vyhlle tpqth, and grow paler.
' 'Bring the gentleman Up, Dapper,"
,(;Asaldi,Mr. Prlnco to tho valet.
Dapper, who was really one of thoso
Incomparables so rare among tho class
that 'ministers, a complete fool, had
noticed nothing of the Josephine
girl's agitation. Descending to tho
lounge ho found tho visitor waiting
In a scat beneath the palms. Mean
while Napoleon was saying to his slo
"There Is really cause for nothing
but amusement hero, Ellen," tapping
Sho smiled, and helped herself to a
Tllcro, was shown Into the room a
tdlV fair young man, burned red and
brown "by foreign Buns. Ho woro flan
nel iihlrt drift, breeches, long boots tho
TTorse ior wear, uui Bcrupuioubty poi
faViA.I ft anflti; flnmlnrv tin nnil ntirplArl
'jai c4w0oV hat In a, manlcTirrd band.
Mo 'naa presumably mnde wiiat con-
r cessions' -ho wns ahlo to the cconven-
fX" ft6?!&fc Cca)l Iby 3 the ' boot-cleaning
nutl the nianlcurlng T'ien was about
-- -tilmrlmepltfl ' fie Colmlil o'i, an
.r.lrtbf Enftllsb uiiivef9l"rean'l creamy
roclety." HkJt-1 triid Just Inside tho
door and boYM, aa If uu:t&" o
I It reception
"You may go, rap"-," iltl Nipo-
I i llnn.tfi fltn nnfl'lint wlm v(tlwli-,iw
,-VHo- teoned- back ou, his wl.ool thaln
tnd looiiod at Mr. John J.uc' ly t .j
oftu ,. j ',
"'Glad .to sco you. Mr Luck." 8tld Iwby -m" Napoleon eyed h m.
lie; -"Ve-ryfchld, Indeed. Lot ine hue "Inquisitive?" said ho. "Dlssatis--r,vteMnet,4
1 think, about threo wee' 3 "W . ,
ego, in Bung Creole, a romarKauiy
iiluwty.lltUe mining town in North-
,vest uanaoa. win you ureamasi, or
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tberlnslt down, and novor mind tho
hourof.'your call. I lovo informall-
ties. You must have como ovor on
the same boat as ray sister and my-
' "Steerage." 'said Luck, coming for-
w'ard. "which accounts for our not
meeting on board. You had Juat ro-
lleyed ft ' friend of mine In Bung
hk 'nf hi rflsnonsihiilHeu . . .."
"Of the Barney Collection, said
Naooleon with his noiseless laugh,
"Ju&t do.' And havo you followed mo
. Ja , tn .iiocmrna? Ttmf win
- w . ..... .
not Le possiblo, I nm afraid, slnco tho
collection la' already scattered among
n- WiiWrtmii rt,niprH in Rnronn nnd
Asia Its yalue I may add, Ja gath-
ered ' together ' and lodged at my
' Tjiick'put his olbows on tho break-
fnsi loble helped hlmBolf to fruit, bit
Into Jt and replied looking across at
Nuooleon from a pair of dare-devil
''Let' the Barney Collection go
hang!' I want to bo taken Into part-
Napoleon did not roply, but turned
to his sister.
"Ellen" ho aBked. "shall wo?"
"(' told you in Dung Creek," sho
eafd to Luck, "that you were a fool
to scrape nlong on a popporcorn ro-
mittance from home."
'iWo'll' take you Into partnership,"
Nadbleon added. Ills Incautlon
about"1 tho arrangement was superb,
"I'll nut you at onco on a trial Job.
i viin nlan. but I can't nlwoys do. My
,T.;. . i,,i.rig riinn "
-"I hope' that MlaaTrince," said Luck
oulckly "may lo future be able to
avoid personal risks. Surely you
nn(i i "
k "Napoleon looked at him with a
Jhnce like tho flight of an arrow.
''MaySoo; mV be!" ho agreed. "I
see' your view. Meanwhije. will you
wnrPv if necessary, blindfold?"
w,.f i Unftw vou bettor." aa!d Na-
lnflrnllty renuerS inO BO IIDIPIODS, uu UUUUluuiy VIIUIU oa u too, bkvui, jh-i;iuiiuiib. uuhiucoq uua luinjr iubuvu
well as bringing me Into cOnsplculty. case touching upon ono or two ea- in to such extent that I can't manage
Tr ore" not In London for nothing, llent points but that owing to press it alone I wroto down to my
Ellen and I as ou may surmise. We of Immediate business, tho firm brothers yesterday only yesteday It
are" nover anyv, he.ro without purpose, wpuld not bo Justified In endeavoring was and I said: 'Find me somo good
(it,f. iinririnic ne I shall bo head, to Klvo tlieir attention to k. no smart cierKB. iqr i navonc lime: nnu
Mlcdh7 ."JAshall, of courso. give yon branch. I'm hero to feel the way.
mote confidence You're the kind of Business has niBhod n to such an ex
mtfn ' f-' like.' 'I 'wouldn't work with 'a tent that, understaffed and over
cad You aro a gentleman. I don't worked as I am here Just now, and
want to know your story, or your In these wrotched temporary prera-
datecedents. You carry your uirui
. . . tm .. . ...n-l.l lioo nanil vnn
S?Iii.: tl'w..,ii fhn iiAttnr. You will
SSle no 'sctuplea about hitting back
not honesty; pride, bnt no princi
ples; manners, no morals. You fol
low me,?" "
"Km Lyout1 man," replied Johuny
'Undoubtedly you are," said Napo
Uon, "JWy ou fly rooaoyj"
Tho question waa naked aa from
ono cood fellow to another, and could
not offend. Luck shook his hoad. At
a nlanco from her brother. Ellen van
ished Into an adjoining room, nnd re
turned with a llttlo sheaf of bank
notes. Napoleon selected twd tonncra
nnd handed them to Luck.
"A loan, n wage, a matter of busi
ness," said ho crisply. "Take thom.
You'll havo plonty for yourself soon,
Book a room somowbero fairly re-
suectablc. Buy Bomo clothes. Call
on mo for moro cash when you want
It Chango your namo If you Uko."
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"Not necessary," answered Luck four o'clock. Ho asked for Mr. Prlnco
after a pauBO. "I dropped halX of It nnd was shown up. Ellen wa3 pour
threo years ago, when L went under, Ing tea, and received him with a wol-
not to dlscroco the family."
"Very well," said Napoleon, "Now
your first instructions aro these: Go
to a certain solicitor's office, No. 121
Oxford Stroot. Tho namo of flio sollc-
ltora aro -Allerby and Weather. You
will sco Allerby. Ask him if tho firm
will undertake a caBo for you any
kind of caso you like. Call on your
"Tnon Jcomo and ton mo wnat ai-
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"Good," replied Napoleon,
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T.uplf wont nil
Luck went out, hugging to his heart
th v,.lx o unlawful adventure and
tho vision of tho soft-eyed JoBephlno
Km. ho wanted to trio atranu,
booked a room at a qulot hotel, was
fitted prcsontly with ready-maao
clothes, nnd about threo o'clock, hav-
ine lunched hugely, walked, a. very
presontnblo young Englishman, up
No Imposing promises wcro Allerby
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"DU w earners, uui u i-uupm oi juuaio
in a great block of offices, an outer
room, whoro a cleric sat and a bored
offlco bov nlaved "SnaD" with dummy,
and an Inner room whoro, presumably,
was Mr. Allerby.
Luck was ushered his card preced-
lng him Into Mr. Allerby's office Ho
saw a, short, round man, growing a
,lttl l)a,u ' flor,(l complexion, In
appearance of lntonso reapectablllty.
Ho rose, bowed, and motioned hia vis-
itor to a seat.
"What can I do for you, my dear
Luck stated a case.
"ino raci is, im in a airacuiiy con-
corning this beaatly Employers' Lla-
blllty, and bo on. My housekeepor,
ontlroly through her own negll-
genco . . ."
Tho story rolled nimbly off his
tongue At tho close of It ho said,
that though reluctant to resort to tho
law courts on tho matter, ho felt It
his duty to mako an examplo of tho
case and wished to ask Messrs. Al-
lerby and Weather to undertake it
Allerby put his finger tips togethor,
looked Judicial, and replied that un-
waxed confidential. leaning across bis
"My dear ah Mr. Luck I assure
you that though It goes sorely ngalnat
tho grain to say good-byo to an ngreo-
able client llko this, wo couldn't do
you Justice. I must bo honest with
you. We couldn't do yqu Justice,
Caso la this. Wo'ro an old estnb-
llshed country firm, very flno practlco
i tho North, and wo'jro Just feeling
our Way to establishing a London
- isea, vo an vwi uu m wujio mm
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fv nnrlnnra urn Rnnrllnif nn nur hnan
clnrk from the homo branch directly,
and I am shortly going to bo Jolnod
s STais? heir rss
heS'utsM? 7,B,t0r r0S0 and
"TO Whom dO I OWe thO hOnOr 0t
the recommendation?" said Allerby,
''Fact V -epHed Johnntu Luck,
with hia boyish smile, "I'm a caounl
Bort of chap. I wa8 in this block, no-
lng to sco the er architocta on this
samo floor, and I saw your plate. 'As
well drop in hero us anywhere obe,'
I says to myself, That's how tho
thing was done."
"I see. I sec,:' said Allerby. with no
chnngo of eXpro3Slon. "And I think
I may say that you couldn't havo dono
bettor than to como to us In tho ordi
nary courso of things. As it is
well, woll, you understand. Good
day." A taxftook Luck to tho lilts by
como smile. Ho gavo an account of
tho afternoon's quest, Napoleon more-
ly nodded, with no surprise
"Havo a cup of tea," ho said, "and
then go to Nd. a, Ludgate Circus,
to the office of Messrs. Fowler and
Fowlor, and sco If thoy will take up
tho caso against your housekeeper,
Thoy won't closo till six. Call to-
morrow Tor lunch, and tell mo tho re-
Flvo o'clock found Luck 'at No. a,
Ludgato Circus. It was a block of
business proralsoa. Tho plates at tho
doorway snowed that tho otllco or
Messrs. Fowlor and Fowler was on
tho third floor. LUck mounted. A
particularly foolish looking young
clork opened to him, and wont to seo
II Mr. Fowler was at liberty to seo
mm. iiioro appeareu to no no otnor
"Show tho gentleman in, Peas
wood," eald a volco from tho Inner
room, and Luck wns ushered In to tho
presenco of ono of tho heads of tho
firm. A very tall, thin, wooden-faced
man received blm.
"What can I do for you, Mr. Luck?"
t. 1...J m t., ,,. ,
no iibhcu, reaumu Irani ins visitor b
card, when he had indicated a chair.
Mr, Luck gave him tho talo of tho
"You certainly havo a caso," said
tho wooden-faced man, consideringly,
"a very ver-ry strong casd indeed. In
fact It Is ono of thoso certain cases
peculiarly dear to my professional
heart." Ho laughed at this, bo' Luck
laughed, too, nnd they became exceed-
lngly aralablo together. "But tho fact
la, I'm afraid I daron't undortako It.
It naturally goe3 against tho grain
Dena yu awav. out kavo no
choice I'm chockfull of work hero-
ovor run, Brimming over, inesq nro
temporary promlsca only, and my
present staff Is temporary only. Let
mo oxplaln to you I don't see why
you shouldn'.t be told how matters
sta'nd. We're a very old country firm
-with a sound practice, nnd wo'ro feel-
lng our -way to tho establishment of a
London branch. Always move, grow,
plant, multiply that's our motto.
And a good ono It la eh?"
"Douced excellent!" roplled hia
much Interested visitor.
"Well," continued Mr. Fowler, "tho
vonturo Is exceeding our utraoat ex-
one of you must como un and Join mo,
I must havo George up. Georgo la
my youngest brothor. As It la, I'm
working at tromendoua prcasuro Juet
now. I couldn't do you Justice. Of;
course If I were one of thoso fellows
who nro all for grab, grab. I'd tako it
and run It through somehow. Just to
get a feo from you. I shouldn't caro
morally about winning. But I'm not
that sort. No, sir! So I reluctantly
say I must decline You understand
nerfectlv. I bono?"
"Absolutely," repllod Luck unblush-
"With many regrets, good-byo," said
Johnnlo Luck, having aparo casn
--, - .
nnrnlncr In nlR nociteia. Illu UllUHfll.
oxceodlngly well that night. Ho dined
In Piccadilly, at Maxim'B. Ho took a
nla Vo ?S VnTsMhaffa l-
Sh'aMS So just and tne unjust.
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after lunch the following morning,
1 Will blVO jUU F
''an qjitllno of explanation to tho op
Ani nAalnllAnn Uiifllnnnn hnn fnlvlil mialinil
parent ptizzic. In tho first plaro,
neither Allorby nor Fowlor la a law-
yer ut all. There are no nuch firms
as far as they aro concerned, U3 Al-
lerby and weather, or Fowler nnd
Fowler. Tboy arp two of tho clovor-
est memlers of a rang vnguoly known
to, but nover exactly located by, tho
police or Europe, as tho Go3mopoll
The uoamopoutani aro at pros
ont engaged on ono of tho wldost
swoops they havo ever undertaken.
Tboy havo members In every country
In Europe, -In India, nnd In cortaln
cities of JVmerlca, each membor In
quest, of ft cor'alp object. One Is en-
trusted witn me inert or say ducal
regalia. Another, with famous Jewels
belonging to n famous beauty; ofheis,
In Amsterdam and Johannesburg,
with illicit diamond buying. Theso
things aro sent, as eooh aa taken,
throuoh the ordinary post, to Allerby
nnd Fowler, who have boon nppolntod
receivers. If flat enough, tho Jewola
or whnt not aro sent between card-
board In legal envelopes, or In boxos
made like books, that when wrapped
up havo all tho appearanco of books
with their Jutting covers. Thoy aro
sent in a Hundred ways. It la easier
and safer for two men to receive
and two men of apparently reapecta-
bio calling than for ono only. Most
of tho property fixed upon by tho Co3-
mopolltans to bo stolon hns. I believe.
been sent now. When It Is all gnth-
ored together, It will bo taken to tho
houao of a member, a dentist in Fltz-
roy Square. Ho Is pretty woll a bogua
dontlat, too, but he only sots up to bo
a choap one, nnd If patients don't
pay, they must Fiibmlt to bo hacked.
AH tho property, then, would bo taken
to tho basement of tho house, where,
thero Is a workroom. In six houre,
nil tho Jewels could be unset, parted,
and rendered safe to offer In cortnln
markets known to tho Cosmopolitans.
And tho proceeds, of course, aro di
vided botween tho whole syndicate.
That Is as tho Cosmopolitans propose.
"Aro the clerks In Fowler's and AI
lerby'o offices members of. tho profes
sion?" Luck asked.
"I think not." ronlled ' Nanolcon
"Tho fact of tholr respectability, their
ordinary clorkhood, helps to provide
a Cloak. And Jhey are oaslly gullod.
Tho Cosmopolitans would not' chooso
bright boys. for. that work. They aro
Bet to do copying oaslly found nnd
to wrlto business letters relating to
legal cases, which letters aro all Bent
to members of tho gang. Tho things
surprisingly simple." ;
"And my part?" S
"Is to get tho wholo bag of tricks
from Allerby's and Fowler's offices,"
replied Napoleon. "In two days
everything should havo been raked In.
Tho collection will havo been placed
in wash-leather bans. In n hollow In
tho backs of their desks. There la a
sliding panel on tho left, Just on tho
other suio or tho drawers. Your
methods I leavo to yoursolf. This la
your trial Job. If It comes off, Ellen
and I take you on as pardy. Remem
ber this, too. If you llko a melodra
matic way, and put a pistol to their
heads, they can't
Daren't. Hcmember, though, thoyil
likely put a pistol to yours. How's
"Not out!" roplled Luck.
"Don't como hero ngaln till you
bring the reasons," said Napoleon,
Adding drolly: "Wo don't want to bo
mixed up with you."
it was Just two 'days later when
Luck slipped a small but deadly
thing of polished steel into hia pocket,
equipped himself with a small Glad-
TOT SUB MY TERltS," SAW
IVCKi'TAY OR UANG".
li IffSitoSSP s!t-"- nw4yiM.(av,TriS,owfl
Knock "aTthe door of Messrs.
Allerby and Weather s olBc.. he met
In o InnVI rniinri' avnrVtV.lnff una
A.J..1., nnA nitlnt Titit- i n aIamV .1Airn
orderly nnd qulot, but no clork drove
- hls pen at the dosk, nnd no blaso
offlco boy played "snap" with dummy,
Ho felt tho blood creeping up In a
furious wavo to li In head.
"Too late! Cleared, by God!" ho
gritted silently, but whllo ho stood
there peering round the door, a boy
with letters to post ran down tho cor-
rldor, and, pausing, volunteered Infor-
matlon ovor his nhouldor.
"Allerby'K clork and hia boy 'nvo
gorn out. Oot a day off for It. Wish
"Day off? What for?" said Luck.
"Wbaffor? Tost match, Australia's
In." Ho wont on contemptuously.
Luck entered softly, nnd closed tho
door behind him. Very good, Indeed,
Then let us hope Mr. Allerby sat
nlono In the Inner room.
"Now, olr!" said Johnnlo Luck to
himself, a grin on his lips and llBht
In his eyes, "for tho fun!"
In ho went . . , into dead si-
lenco, on a dead mnn. Thcro sat n
stiff bulk that had once been tho fat
Allerby, with hia head and arms
flopped forward on the desk,' and on
everything near sickening spurts of
red. A omashod. InUpot lay upon tho
floor, near a broken walking stick.
Tho coat waa linlf ripped from tho
body at tho desk. Thcro woro slgnn
of a murderous strugglo boforo tho
murder was done,
"My God!" Bald Luck Involuntarily,
Hia rrln died. Ho was alert and
watchful, altvo to tho dancor of hia
position. Ho took off his hat to tho
dead thief as Involuntarily as ho had
nddressed tho Almighty, and touched
him with experienced fingers. He had
oecn violent deaths In many forms out
In tho Northwost. Allerby hod to all
appearances been Killed two or threo
hours ago. Ho was stiffening and
Luck glanced round, and pulled
himself baok to his errand. A look
at tho high desk showed him the
pnnol slid back, and tho aperture
"Lost!" said Luck, gritting hia
teoth. "Lost, by an hour or twb!"
Ho thought frenzlodh. "Fowler!"
flashed Into his brain. "Hotter go on
nnd got what's left anyway "i Ho
trod on something. He stooped and
picked It up. It was an ennmel waist
coat button. '
He pushed tho dead man back In
hia chair to look at his waistcoat. All
tho buttons wcro on. Ho dropped
tho button Into hia pockot, wont out,
locked tho door behind him. nnd took
tho key, knowing that every hour's
grace ucroro tho murder was dlscov-
crod would probably bo valuablo. Ho
wa3 rather palo under hia tan when
ho came out into Oxford Streot, but
tia nonchalant looking na ovor. Ho
1001; a uua to Ludgato Circus -i
harassed 'bus conductor can remem-
her less of faces than a moro Ielsurod
cab driver, probably and loft tho key
it was just nrtor flvo oclock, but
,'.ir. rowicr 11 in, sir," said tho alia
bio llttlo clerk Pcaswood. "Stop this
Luck wns shown In on tho wooden-
"I think I havo had tho nlcasuro
before, air," said Fowlor aftor u pause,
during which hia oyc3 had fixed them-
bcIvob on Luck's face. "Somo bother
about your housekeeper, as far as I
remember. But I'm vory buoy very
pressed Indeed for timo this nfter-
noon, and I'm nfrnld I must treat you
with e-ant civility. Sorry, Indeed, to
treat a would-bo client "
Luck'B glnnco had found tho man's
waist-coat buttons. Tho third wa3
"My business," ho rejoined, "la
merely to reatoro somo property to
Ho held out hia hand, and In tho
palm of It lay an enamel waistcoat
l"I "K Just come fmn office
called Allerby and Weaters
Fl! Ill III ffl lri Til JiriKn
tiAi.fianB rnrt n-.lntltffR. FoWlfll- Rfhpliln nn.l WPfllt GV08. WQS BCratClllnK
Hnl.in T iinlr nn .Inuftl nimORltn nnil
Lurk ant down oppoalto. nnd
they faced each other across the desk.
Fowlor bogan to play with tho things
on the desk.
"Who aro you then?" ho asked at
"ily name Is Luck."
Fowler consigned tho namo to per
dition, nnd added: "Profession?"
"Judgo for yourself. Do you want
"It lias become, within the last two
minutes." said tho woodon-fneed man,
"of absolutely no valuo at all."
"I had an offer to make."
Question and answer camo out aulto
dry nnd cool.
"Ah I told you." said Fowler, "I
wouldn't glvo a brass farthing for my
life now. I've lost tho gamo. Un-
His hnnds stopped moving about.
Luck bow what waa In his mind re-
llectrd In his face, and ahoved a re-
volver niU7zlo abovo tho desk.
"Ah!" said Fowler.
"You Eee my terms," Bald Luck.
"Pay or hang."
"Aro you n Cosmopolitan?"
"No. sir. I'm an honest thief, who
wouldn't go back on a mate."
"Evidently a raw hand." said Fow
ler. "I'm nn old one. I could give
3 on n fow maxims, but I won't. I'm
giving ou enough as It Is."
His right hand playing nbout,
opened a llttlo drawer, nnd extracted
a tiny folded pnpor with powder In
It. He nmptlod the powder rapidly
on his tongue, nnd went on talking,
His coolness was auporhuman.
"Curo for nores, that. I've- had
nerves all day. You wouldn't bollovo
thnt, would you, but I have. Shan't
havo 'em again, though. You'vo got
nerve, not norves. Whoro'd you learn
It? You'io Colonial, oh?"
"Curse small talk!" said Luck.
"Oh, curse anything you llko! Go
ing to stay?- llecauso I've got an en
gagement." "When?" , ' -"
"Within tho next two mlnutos, I ex
pect." "Where?" , , i
"It's not polite, to aslc,", replied
A knock came at tho door. Teas-
wood looued In.
"P6't. sir," ho ' announce' lajd a
flat package on tho tnblb. and with'
dicw. Tho packngo waa Bhapcd like
a hook, wrnnped thinly In brown
paper. Luck laid a finger on It.
"Waiting for the last consignment,
wcro jou? " ho askud.
"Ah!" said Fowlor. "Thats greed.
that is. Sec whero creed leads you.
I ought to havo cleared with What
I'd got directly I'd said good-byo
Ho referred to his victim oxprcs
Blaiilossly. "Great mlstako In life," ho prosed,
"to be too thoiough."
A sudden spasm jerked him. Ho
bit into his lower lln. "Nervos!" ho
ground out diabolically. "Walt a mln-
uto." He droppod his head down on
his arms a second or two, whero It
writhed about. Suddenly the wrlth-
Inc. stopped, and ho sat stranKCly
still. Then Johnnlo Luck know what
ho ought to havo known flvo mlnutos
ago. It was not nervos, but the pow-.
der In tho paper fiom tho drawer, and
tho wooden-faced man had gone to
fulfill a lone engagement.
Luck got up llko a man In a night-
mare, and rropt, scarcoly daring to
broathe, to tho back of the dank.
Supposo PoaHfood looked In! IIo
groped for tho panol, and after a cen-
tury of a minute, found something
slldo under his fingers. An aperturo
was revealed, In which lay some
dozen or so smallish wash-loathor
baga. Ho crammed them Into hia
Gladstone, adding tho book-shaped
&. -i ss?..msfw
adjt,V7d hlmlf if etralghtenu ,
d opene e oo, L tie P as-
nwuv on a IiIkIi stool.
nillttir nn O litlltl otfinl.
"Oh! Ah!" eald t.ucK,
the door, to put bis head in again, as
if lit responpo to some Inst remark
from tho figure at the desk, "I'll tell
him. Thanks awfully, If you can
spare him Thanks, old man. Sco
Out ho came, finally, shutting tho
door, nnd addressed 1'enawood.
"I say, Mr. Fowler says you'd bo
good enouph to direct mo to Adam
Htnet. as It's nil In your way home.
Ho says there's nothing moro for
ou to do hero tonight."
With anyone leas obviously a foil,
tho thing might not havo worked. As
It was, very Joyful at tho Idea of get
tin? away twenty minutes early
"Very pleased. Indeed, olr," Bald Peas
wood "I'll Just put me desk strnftU
tidy up get me 'at."
"I'm In the deure of n hunv, im
plied Luck, leaning ngniust the, )nr.r
door while Peaawood mndo toe, J.i?y
'You don't como 1 ack to lock, iivf"
ho threw out a feeler ao they set tut
"Mr. Fowler does It, sir,"' rcpjjed
Peaawood. "IIo us'lly stays lat.r'r.
Then, to mako assurance,, '.i,a1i
sure, Mr. John Lucl; took little ,Pa.
wood, solicitor's clerk, and Uai,i li'.i".
gloriously druuk. IIo Was as c HH'-,
as somo lords a goojl deal i'i.,.'iir
than most lords.
Having dono this In a kind, ;..i n
ly and condescending manno, L:.
taxl'd to the Hltz Napoleon si '. V.i
sister were In their ilttlng-rfio: . Ho
gave thn story liHstlly, but ii'.'ly,
and hnnded ovor the Gladslon- Na
poleon counted the wash-lea'.! t .ugs,
nodding ami listening wltliu.i; v..i
"Good, partner!'' aald'h", '.ildlu.
his left hand out to grip Luc: And.
"Bravo, pattner!" said l a Joao
phlne girl, taking Luck's o ,-'d
botween two naisoft. aa re.-. 1 -a -a.
"Now." said Napolertn hAstl'y, "you
must got. Get as fast nt yor. un gei
To-morrow morning tliero'U Ikj a -v
for the man who la9t i'ai ,Pa .ii
allvo, nnd Hint clork will, Jii'.vt; ,:
description pat. Catrl) tho lgit.oai.
and go acioss to Paris. I,la,?-y '.
go. EHen and I nre cotujns ovr ir.
three weeks' time. ' Meantlmd''vM',t,.
bore." ' iJ""
Ho paused. .u.j
"Ai)y quosilor.? now?" ,
"Yes," roiilled Lucl;. "Hey. did 7011
know of tii Cosmopolitans' iiid'
Whnt are jour.methoda of gainUig tv
formation?" "In this caso," said Nnppleon, "Js
was simple. I am a Cosmopolitan."
"What ! Then "
Ho waved a hand. "You'rq go.'iU
to say that I'vo choatcd my oh
brotherhood, using jou as cat's jw.
Tho answer to that Is four yem
ago, the Brotherhood cheuted me. 1
nover forgive, John Luck, and I nevet
forget. Thoy owed mo. They uav
paid. Tho bill Is receipted. Aa for
ent's paw," ho Indicated hia paralzd
limbs. "I want hnnds." said lid. "I
am but head. You go to Parlq. Mean
whllo tho bO-Iety's safe Th03e two
dead men tell no talcB."
"I toll no tales either," roplled Na
poleon, smiling his enigmatic smile.
"I stay hero and uplift my Volco In
anger among the Cosmopolitans, bo
eauso this widely organized s'chemo
has neemlngly smashed. The Jewels!
Tho Jewols! Whero arc the Jewels?
. . . Get away, boy. When I sei
you In Paris, we'll loth bo rich men,
Ellen, glvo him money, and send him
Glancing at tho pair, ho wheeled t
away Into tho noxt room, letting tho
folding doors fall to after him. Luck
was left gazing at Ellen across the
table. Sho rose, nnd unlocking 'a
desk, produced banknotes, which boo
counted nnd gave to him. '
"Fifty," aho said.
He still looked.
"What, moro?" sho asked, smiling.
"Ellon," said Johnnie Luck, fer
vently, "I worship you "
"People do," aald Ellen. "I wish
" nnd I want those little hands of
yours Kept out of all llsks. Now your
brother and I are partners "
"Silly boy!" Bald Ellon to Johnnlo
Luck. "Go to Paris. Walt for us.
We'll adventure gloriously thoro.
Here's tho fifty." '
Besides tho fifty pounds, sho do-
cldod on giving Johnnlo Luck some
thing else A klsB, The kaa of
Luck's life up till that moment, Thus
sho sent him away happy.
For llttlo Mr, Peaawood, too, waa a
happiness of short llfo. About elevon .
o'clock In tho warmth of a perfoct
August evonlng, ho managed to 'con-
vey himself home It waB a goo
world, my boysh. Never bad such a
tlmo wlv n toff Shlmc said toff
could'n Jlno In's own treat to tho pick- .
Bhers afterwards. Got an euglgoment.
Englgomont. Engl 1 Rich! that lshli
Wo'd 'avo shown 'lm cnglgementv
Wod avo mldo an evernln of itrWed
'avo Interdoocod 'im to a llttlo bit o" '
Lolfo! We aro ono of the boysh, W
caro for nothln'. Not oven for an ah-
con! Innrllnilv'fl Inlimrtlnn for- In,
".. .' i.'.i 1.. 11 - -,.-i I
tumult iiiuiiuu I ijviiuii uu tmir i
board, hanging from tho gas bracket J
by tho front door: y
MIND THK CL0TIIK8 IU8BJCTa OH, TUB
But tra! lal la! Wo. willnot 'ush.
And damn chu clothes basket on. thq
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