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My interview with Olivia passed off
better thau I expected. If she had or
(iwitl mc out of thchoue, I troti Id only
hare looked on it a the jnt punish
ment for what niust have appeared my
impertinent interference in what did
not concern me. The very fact that she
listened so quietly proved that ahe sus
pected Felix was masquerading as her
lover. She conld only be assured of this
by overhearing his interview with Rose
Gernon and therefore accepted my in
vitation to go to the Jermyn street
rooms. If their tenant was Francis, he
-won Id resent the intrusion of Rose, bnt
if Felix the two confederates wonld
doubtless talk of their guilty secret.
Thanks to a sovereign judiciously be
rtowed on the carckeeper, I had discov
ered that Rose Gernon intended to visit
Felix at 8 o'clock. How the carekeeper
fonnd ont I do not know, bnt in some
mysterious way servant seem to gain
all information concerning the doings
of their superiors. It sufficed for me
that Rose would be in the rooms of
Felix on this evening, and that Olivia
would catch them in a trap. I had no
pity for tho guilty pair, bnt I was gen
uinely sorry for Olivia. She little knew
the torture she was about to undergo. I
did and almost regretted that I bad in
terfered in the matter. However, I con
soled myself with the reflection that it
was better for her to suffer a few hours'
pain than lifelong misery.
That sho agreed to go to Jermyn
street at tliat hour without a chaperon
proved how desirous she was of learning
the truth. Delicately nurtured, gently
bred, she must have felt horrified at the
risk she was running of losing her good
name, but seeing that her life's happi
ness depended upon knowing all she
flung etiquette to the wiuds and came.
When I found her at the foot of the
tain at 8 o'clock, I admired and re
spected her frMn the bottom of my
"Am I Lite?" she asked, touching my
hand with trembling fingers.
"Only five minute," said I, looking
at my watch. "I have been waiting at
the head of tho stairs for that time.
However, wc con soon walk round to
Jermyn street. "
"Do you think any one will know
me. Mr. Dcnhani?" said Olivia, taking
my arm. "See. I have on a plain dress,
and this veil is a thick one."
"No one will recognize yon," 1 an
swered soothingly. "Nor do I think yon
will meet any one of your acquaint
"I should have brought my mother
bnt that I wished br to know nothing
of this treachery. If I find I have been
deceived, I shall break off my engage
ment with Francis. Bnt yon will keep
silent about my visit, will yon not, Mr.
o one shall hear a word from me,"
I answered earnestly. "But keep np your
spirits Miss Bcllin. Even if yon find
yon have lieen deceived there will be
aome consolation in knowing that it is
Felix and not Francis."
"Yon are wrong there," she replied
positively. "It is Francis. I have told
yon so all along. "
I shrntrged my shoulders without re
ply. Evidently nothing conld shake her
faith in the man. All I conld hope for
was that tho two confederates would
"What are yon going to da Mr. Den
bam?" asked Olivia anxiously.
"We will go np to the rooms of Bri
rfield," I answered, and thero overhear
their conversation. "
V 'Is that not dishonorable?" she said,
. shrinking back.
"In nwst cases it would be, " I replied
hastily, "bnt it does not do to be too
particular in this matter. If yon break
tin on them, they may deny everything.
Thinking they are alone, yon will hear
tho truth. Remember, Miss Bcllin,
when one deals with a villain one
must beat him with his own weapons.
Depend upon it, it is most necessary that
v should learn alL"
"They can speak of nothing I do not
"Are yon aware of the truth?" said
V : I, somewhat startled by this remark.
"I am aware of the truth, " she re
peated slowly, and before I could ques
tion her she flitted np the stairs. There
was no timo for me to ponder over hr
' words as it was now past 8 o'clock,
and Kok tJcrnon might descend at any
, time. I thetcfore spoke a few hasty
t 'Words to tho earetaker. telling him I
' wished to see Mr. Briartield, and fol
lowed her at once. In two minutes we
were both standing before the door of
"It is lockeiL" said Olivia faintly.
"Xcvcr mind. " answered L prlnc
wg my latchkey, "inis key or mine
"i epeus the dot. I was, as yon are aware.
".a great friend cf Fraucis and learned
y that my key Cited the lovk of his rooms
tome time ago. I have not forgotten
the circumstances, so it comes in ne-
.-. ful now. See!"
I turned the key, and the door ieu-
ed noiselessly. Motioning to Miss Bel
lia to precede me, I followed her quiet
ly ami closed the door behiud us. We
heard the murmur of voices in the sit
ting room. She as well as 1 knew its
.whereabouts thoroughly. The door was
lightly ajar, and in front of it stretch-
: Stepping through the open door in a
gingerly manner, we placed ourselves
directly behiud t he screen, so could both
see sd k?jr without jjesr of. b-risz
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observed. Thus Tar our enterprise naa
succeeded in the most successful man
ner, and nothing remained for ns to do
bnt to listen to the important conversa
tion now taking place.
Felix, standing with his back against
the mantelpiece, looked anxious and an
gry, while Rose Gernon, her hands on
the table, faced him fiercely. Evidently
the conversation was not progressing in
a satisfactory manner to either.
"No!" abe was saying rapidly. "I ac
cept no money for what I have dona
Yon know the only reward. I claim
"I cannot give it to yon," said Felix
doggedly. "Yon know that as well as
"Do I?" she cried passionately. "Do
yon dare to say that to me after all yonr
vows and protestations? Why did you
tell me yon loved me if it was bnt a
"I did not tell yon so. "
"Yes, yon did. Felix yon did! I re
member the honr, the day, when yon
swore that yon would make me yonr
"Keep quiet, " I muttered to Olivia,
who made an involuntary movement
"I tell yon. Rose, there is some mis
take, " said Felix angrily.
"Yon mean spirited hound!"
"I am a mean spirited hound," he
answered wearily. "No one knows that
better than Ida"
"Some women," continued Rose, not
heeding his interruption, "some women
wonld have yon killed. I am not a wo
man of that kind. I'll star and marry
"Impossible! I am to marry Miss
"Yon promised to give up Miss Bel
lin if I helped yon to see yonr brother
at the Fen inn. "
"My God!" muttered Olivia, trem
"Hush!" I whispered "Now we
ball hear the truth."
"I have changed my mind," retorted
Felix in answer to the last remark of
"That may be, bnt I bare not, Mr.
Felix Briarfield. I fulfilled my promise
and went down with Srreut to that
lonely inn. Yonr brother came, and yon
know that be never left it attain. I have
fulfilled my promise, I now nvmire yon
to fulfill yours and nuke me your wife. "
"I cannot! I cannot!" ho said in a
raint voice, wiping his brow. "For
heaven's sake, take this money I offer
f on and leave me. "
"1 have mixed myself up with crime
tor your sake, and yon offer to put me
iff with money. It is nseli-ss. lour
promise I have, and that promise I re
tire yon to keep, or else
"I'll tell tho truth to the police."
"And thus involve yourself in ruin
"I don't care," she said sullenly.
"Anything would be better than the tor
ture I am enduring at yonr hands."
"And what will yon tell the police?"
asked Felix in an unnatural voice.
"Yon know well enough. I shall tell
them how yon killed yonr brother. "
"It is false!" he said passionately,
"I neither saw nor laid a finger on my
"Indeed! Then if yon are innocent
who is guilty?"
"I don't know. "
"Did yon not come to the Fen inn on
that fatal night when Francis came?"
Yes, bnt I never saw him."
"Yon saw him and killed him."
"It is a lie!"
It was neither Felix nor R.e who
tpoke, but Olivia, who, in spite of all I
am a mean tplrittd hound," he
nld do, broke on the astonished pair.
The man advanced toward her, bnt she
waved him back.
"I defend yon, sir," she said proud
ly, 'because I know that this woman
speaks falsely, but I have also tj de
mand an explanation from yon."
Felix paid no attention to the remark,
bnt simply stared at her in a stupefied
"Olivia," be said in a low voice,
"bow did yon come here?"
"I brought her. Mr. Felix Briarfield,"
taid I, stepping forward.
"You. Denham! And for what rea
son?" I pointed to Rote tiernon, who tood
quietly by, with a malignant smile on
"There is the reason." I retjrted
meaningly, "and Miss Bellin"
Miss Bellin will speak for herself
taid Olivia in a peremptory tone.
"Miss Bellin speaks of what she does
not understand.' interposed Rose ven
omonsly. "Because I deny that Francis killed
Felix?" questioned Olivia.
"7x bcaue you deny Felix Lulled
"What do job mean. Miss Gernon?"
I asked rapidly.
"I mean that this man whom Hiss
Bellin thinks is her lover Francis is Fe
lix Briarfield, and Felix Briarfield,"
she continued, "is my lover."
"No!" said Felix hurriedly. "It is
I expected to see Olivia grow anirrv.
bnt in place of this a bright smile irra
diated her face as she looked at Felix.
I conld not conjecture the meaning of
her action and began to grow nneasv.
Rose also looked anything bnt comfort
able. Evidently she had met with her
match in Olivia.
"I overheard part of yonr conversa
tion," said Olivia, addressing her point
"Very honorable, I am sure," retort
ed Rose, with a sneer.
"Honor is thrown away on women
like yon, " answered Olivia scornfnllv.
"I am glad I listened, for it enables me
to protect the man I love against your
"That is not the man yon love," said
Rose spitefolly. "He lies in the marshes
surrounding the Fen inn, slain by tho
nana or bis brother."
"That is not true I swear it is not
true! cried Felix, approaching nearer
"Be quiet, Francis," she said quick
ly. "Let ns hear what she has to say. "
"I have to say that Felix Briarfield
loved me," cried Rose angrily. "He
loved me long before he ever saw yon,
but when yon crossed my path he want
ed to leavo me. He impersonated his
brother Francis, who was at that time
in America, and yon, poor fool, did not
discover the deception. "
"Yon are quite right I did not," re
plied Olivia calmly. "Go on. "
When his brother Francis came back
this month, be thought all would be
discovered and implored me to save
him. He told me of a plan whereby be
intended to decoy bis brother to the Fen
inn ou pretext of explanation. There he
intended to kill him. "
Olivia made no remark, but placed
her hand within that of Felix. I won
dered she conld do so, seeing that he
was accused by his accomplice of a hid
eous crime, and made no denial.
"I went down to the Fen inn with a
man called Strent"
"That was not his real name," I in
"How do yon know that?" she said
"Nevermind. I know that it is sa
"I decline to tell bis real name, "said
Rose, darting a furious look at me. "I
call him Strent, and by that name yon
knew him and knew me at the Fen
"I certainly did not expect Rose
Strent. waiting maid, to change to Rose
"Yon are too meddlesome, Mr. Den
ham," she said coolly, "aud wonld do
better to mind yonr own business."
"Scarcely when I have discovered so
rile a crime. "
"It was he who committed it, " said
Rose malignantly, pointing to Felix,
"He came to the inn and killed bis
"It is a lie!" cried Felix in despair.
"I laid no hand on my brother. I did
not even see him. "
"Wait one moment. Miss Gernon, be
fore yon make this accusation," said
Olivia? "Yon say that Felix is yonr
"Aud yon promised to assist him in
removing Francis if he married yon?"
"For what reason when the removal
of Francis would enable Felix to marry
me nuder his false name?"
"He promised not to do so, and I
thought if I helped him to kill Francis
I could force him to marry me. "
"Yon love him greatly?"
"I love him better than any one else
iu the world." ,
"I am sorry for that," said Olivia,
with a touch of pity, "because Felix is
"Felix dead!" said Rose incredulous
ly. "Then who is the man?"
. "This man is my lover, Francis Bri
arfield, who returned from Chile on the
6th of June."
For the moment I felt bnt little sur
prise, as I thought Olivia was bnt mak
ing the same mistake she had made
formerly. Yet when I noted that she
knew the true date of ber lover's return
and remarked the strange expression on
the face of Rose I became instinctively
convinced that she spoke the truth. It
was Francis Briarfield who stood before
me, and the dead man was Felix. How
the change of personality bad taken
place I was unable to guess, but never
theless felt that it was true.
Rose Gernon, with a look of disap
pointed rage, was the first to speak.
She stamped ber foot and laughed scorn
fully. "This is ridiculous!" she said con
temptnonslv. "It was Francis who
"Francis did not die, as yon well
know," interrupted the young man.
"Felix fell into bis own trap, and for
safety I assumed his name. I believe
yon were aware of this all along. "
"How can that be? And if I really
did know yon were Francis, why did
yoa not say so?"
"Because I did not wish to betray
myself. For angbt I know yon slew my
brother and were quite capable of ac
cusing me of his murder. '
Rose evaded this question, and toss
ing her head, with a sneer, moved to
ward the door. Before she could reach
it I blocked ber passage.
"Not yet. Miss Gernon, "said I mean
ingly. "Though we have discovered Fe
lix to bo Francis, we do not know bow
tho former met with his death. "
"I cannot tell yon."
"I think yon can." said Olivia quick
ly, "seeing Felix, by yonr own confes
sion, made all arraagetaeBts with yon. "
"And yet Felix is dead," scoffed
"He fell into his own trap. "
l I u I torr CTree Ui -saa
said resolutely. "As regards that I am
as ignorant as yon art, though I hclitrs
IVajxnt kills him"
"Ah! Yob then acknowlsdga at to
"I acknowledge nothing. Let ma
pass. If r. Denham. I have to attend to
. "Not till you tell me when yonr so
called father, Strent, is to be found."
"I don't know." abe said sullenly.
"Yes, yon do," persisted Olivia,
"and yoa shall not leave this room till
yon tell alL"
"If I do not go to the theater, I shall
be mined. "
"That does not matter to ns," said
The woman looked at our three faoas,
and seeing therein no hope of BMrey
compromised the auNr.
"Let me have a nij to think over
it," she entreated anxjonsly.
"No," said Francis and Olivia in eel
breath. "You mart tell all now.'
"There Is no time, " she arsjai,'- I
am late as it ia. I mast go." ? ' 1
"Let me speak, BriartV V I fcr?
posed, seeing he wan abomi ta f!TJ
again. "We do not want I j l
publio scandal of this as yet. . "
Francis consulted Olivia wL iIk
and turned to me. -
"Yon know more about tL. j
than any one else,"' he said e. i
"Miss Bellin and myself am
pared to leave the matter in J
"Very good. Then Miss Oemon c
go to her duties. I undertake abet f
shall be forthcoming tomorrow. (
yes. Miss Gernon," I added ironhr
"I have made all my plane, staex
yon were mixed np in this ease, I ;
gaged a detective to look after yon."
"A detective!" she said, withal
rifled look. j
"Yes! One of the smartest deteetW
of Scotland Yard. Permit me to essy
yon to the stage door of the theater sw
introduce yon to this gentleman. Per
form your part tonight and go b
Tomorrow come to these rooms at
and tell ns all yon know. I am not
afraid of yonr escaping, as my detective
will watch yon till we see yon again."
"Suppose I refuse!" said Rose vicious
"In that case I'll have yon
at once as an accessory to the
of Felix Briarfield."
"Yon are too strong for me," aha
said savagely. "I accept yonr ear4.'
tiona Tomorrow I'll come here a '
o'clock. Can I go now?" '
"Certainly provided you accept KU
as your escort." m-'
"As yon please, " she replied difsda&a
fully. "As for you. Miss Bellin," ate
added, turning toward Olivia, "I wU
yon joy of your bargain. That man to
Francis Briarfield sure enough. I knew
it all along and played on his fears fat
my own ends. He is a coward, and Te
lix was worth a dozen of him. For yoa,
Mr. Briarfield, I have nothing bnt con
tempt." With this parting shaft she sailed ont
of the door, closely followed by me.
The detective was waiting on the other
side of the street and followed nt close
ly. Rote glanced uneasily from side to
side, bnt not one word wonld she nniiet.
nor did I wish ber to talk, having quite
enough on my mind for the present
When we arrived at the stage door of
the Frivolity theater, she halted on the
step. In the light shed from the lamp
above I could see her scornful face.
"What I have promised I shall do,
Mr. Denham, " she said spitefully, "bnt
tomorrow I can tell yon nothing. With
all yonr cleverness as a spy yoa have
discovered nothing bnt a mare's nest"
When she entered the theater, I turn
ed round to the detective, whom I fonnd
at my elbow.
"Yon know what yon have to doT 1
"Yes, sir. I saw her face in the light.
You can depend upon me. I shan't lose
sight of ber. "
"She is to come to Mr. Briarneld'i
rooms tomorrow at noon. "
"That's all right; sir. I'll see she is
"Good. Be very carefuL She is a
clever woman and would baffle the devil
"She won't baffle me,' said the de
tective confidently and so' departed on
Having thus provided for the safe
keeping of Rose Gernon, I returned to
Briarfield 's rooms and found him alone.
Miss Bellin had taken her departure
during my absence.
"Where is she?" I asked, glancing
round. , .
"Olivia has gone home," explained
Francis. "If she is back before 9, her
mother will never beer of this escapade,
so I put her in a cab and sent her off. "
"All the better," said I. taking a
seat "Now that we are alone I wish
to hear the story of yonr transformation
from Francis to Felix. "
"I told you I was Francis all along,"
he said reproachfully.
"Yes, in such a way that I thought
you were Felix," I answered ironically.
" told yea won Fraud $ nil alnng," ht
"Yob might have Untied me, Briarfeld.
It would have been better for us all."
"I have ao doubt it wonld," answer
ed Francis gloomily, "bnt I was afraid
test yoa should think I had killed
"I knew yon were incapable of such
'ZJuak ym.'! ha ajd S!sSS?:
"Had i knows yoa were so erne a
friend, I should base saaae Ton my eon -Idajst
As it was, when I temsmbsjsd
my wild threats of killing Felix, I
dreaded lest, finding him dead, yon
might accuse me of his murder. '
"Who killed htmr -
"I dent ha say- When I saw him. he
"And Strent and ItoeeT"
"Tbev bad left the bouse. "
"What tinw) wne this?"
"About in the morning. "
"And I wsa set Bp till It) o'clock.
Ton had plenty of time to fly. Bnt
what put ft into yonr head to puce the
dead body of FaUx in your bed?"
"It's a long story, end I hardly
noW if yon will understand my mo
"Yes, I da You were afraid of being
imassil of the crime. - It was foolish si
yoa to mistrust me. I would have aided
tether than blamed yon."
"I see that now It was kduseVef yea
to try to. sfsenge my Jess' ; nntor-'
Unsl 'j i 1 yonr industry WO -"itr-oat
to m"ai I had to Ta3e it," -,
nU story, lean
"i m t
guessed ttat j
that Felix w i 4
thoofht I ml ,t '
myself. Feljt t
and it was cT
self while be )
The wfrqie r:
myself in 1
"I had to
ry out the i
it ou the
came down cl
ntee I was on i
eter."; ' .
"BOW did T09
think of going to
"As to the -i
name on tbesr '
stables, and. trr;
to Felix, erpy r,
hostler. Then, at i
told me Jie was CSv.
I went there." ' '
"Was there any eaqfe
"NoneatalL I told a 1
been ont for a morning t
him to bring me a branf
my room. I needed the 4
I had gone through, ant i
reason for asking hha r
"How so?" " "
"Well, I made him f
stairs in front of me, f
it to the room of Ft"
ed my point without
All the baggage, :
were in the rocT.
them, as I' had
times. Then t'f
and went doic I
Did the girr
"Not at first. I
to events of' I
which I fnsr
Bellin did ad
so I vat at'e j
la some t
work to etrc;.j
Olivia toU Ft
ia Paris at ttj
as wisest to f
told see a3 '
''Then I came and insisted yon mi,
Felix." , -
"Yes. Yon see. I told the truth, and
to did Olivia, when I said I was Francis.
But of coarse, as I bed, changed clothes
With the dead man, we saw where you
were making yonr -aaiatake. I aever
thought you'd take my death so much
"8eeingthat, Briarfield, yea ought to
have told nte all' '-...
"Olivia suggest ed as ataeh, hat I was
afraid. When yoa asked me to ride out
and see the inn. I asked for a eight's
grace iu order to re rid of the body. I
fode ont during the eight and threw It
into a pool near the in."
'"I know that pool." said I grimly,
"and traced your tnUl thereto."
- ,"I am afraid I iT'. it badly," said
rifVwis. withasbdv W'lt wet a hor
ary task, ye ,4at I though
When yen saw a tMartdayyoa
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