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THE ARGUS. SATURDAY. SEPTEMBER 21, 1907,
By FERGUS HUME,
Author 4 "& Mystery of a Hansom Cab." "Gfe Mandarin's Fan." Etc
COPYRIGHT. 1905. By C. W.
ll'T while London was still
soothing with tho tragedy and
K -rf"'l Jal-oz rash came to tlio hol
erogenooiisiy furnNhed sitting room
In iSwynue stroo to read tho will.
For there was a will after all. Deb
orah and Halt, who had witnessed It
at tho request of their master, told
Mr. 1'ash of i;s ev. 'slenre, ami hu
found it in 0:10 of tho throe safos in
tho collar. It proved to ho a : hurt,
curt document, such as no man l:i
hi.s senses would think of mahin!;
when disposing of live thousand a
yoar. Aaron was a clover business
man. and I'ash was professionally dis
gusted that In? had left behind him
sm h n loose testament.
Mr. .l.ihoz I'ash went to-tho sitting
room, where lie found the lovers scat
oil on n sofa near the window. Sylvia
was in raid's embrace, and her head
was on his shoulder. Bceot had his
nrm in a .sling and looked pale, hut his
eyes were as bright as over, and his
face shono with happiness. Sylvia also
looked happy. To know that she was
rich, that I'aul was to ho her husband,
filled tho cup of her desires to the
brim. Moreover, she was beginning to
recover from tho shock of her father's
death and was, feverishly anxious to
escape from Cwyime street and from
tho house vi here the tragedy had taken
"Well." said Mr. I'ash. drawing a
long breath and sucking his cheeks,
"you lose no time, young gentleman."
raid laughed, but did not change his
jio.-ifioii. Sylvia, i.ulood. blushed and
raided her h.-ad, but l'aul still held h-r
with his uninjured arm, defying Mr.
I'adi at:d all the world. "I am g:;.th"r
lng roi ehuds while I may. Mr. I'.i-h."
h.t id ho, misquoting ilerrick's charming
"You have plucked a very pretty
one," grii:r."d the monkey. "But may
I request tho rosebud's attention V"
Slvi:i '.tti-M t".l herself from her
lover's arm, whit a heightened color.
an. i no.ii: .1 graveiy. i
"I wisii Mr. Beecot to listen iu any
ease," continued I'ash dryly, "if he is
to marry my y.mng and esteemed cli
"Wo are ong-iged wilh the consent of ,
my poor father." said Sylvia, tak'ng
raul's html. ' I shall marry no one
"Tho will," I:sh fciid. looking at tho (
writing, "ooti'dst- of a feu- lines. It i
leave? alt the property of the testator
to n y d iiigi'tef.' "
"Your daughter!" sen-nun
1 T .,l.n,.-.i,
"Why, you ain't married."
"I am road'tig from the will," snap
ped I'ash, coh.-.-liig, jnui road ng-nii. "I
leave all the e.:l and personal property
of v.hi'h I fiay die possessed to my
"Sylvia Norman!" cried
bitggi-ig h'-r darling.
"There you are wrnmr,"
I'.'i-di. folilinir i:p the so
"tho name of Shia isn't m
ii ioaed." ;
"lines that make any dilTeieneoV" '
asked I'aul mii-'tly.
"Sit. Miss Norman is an only daugh
ter. I believe."
"And an only child," said Deborah,
"so that's all right. My pretty, you
will have them jewels and live thou
sand a year."
"Oh." l'aul, what a lot of money!"
rried Sylvia, appalled. "Whatever will
wo do with it all?"
"Why, marry and be happy, of
course," said l'aul, rejoicing not so
much on account of the money, al
though that was acceptable, but be
cause1 this delightful girl was all his
very, very own.
"Tho iuestion is," said Mr. rash,
who had boon reflecting and now re
produced tho will from his pocket, "as
to the name?"
"What ii.iii:0?" asked Sylvia, aud
Deborah echoed the question.
"Your name." ish addressed the
clrl direct. "Your father's real naiua
was K rill Lemuel Krill."
Sylvia looked uma.ed; Iiehorah ut
tered her usual ejaculation. "Lor'l" but
I'mil's expression I'id not change. II-"
considered that, ties was all ot a piece
with th'? i. miller and the mystery of
the opal br-ioch. Undoubtedly Mr.
Lemuel Krill, alias Aaron Norman,
must have had good reason to change
bis name and ti exhibit terror at the
sight of the hrjoch. And tho reason
lie dreaded, whatever it might be, had
boon the cause of his mysterious and
tragic doatb. I'.ut l'aul said nothing of
those thoughts, and there was silence
for :t fcv minuted.
Taul addles icd the lawyer. "I know
little about the legal aspect of this
will, but I should like to know if there
will bo :tny dillieulty iu proving it?"
"I don t think so. I have not gone
through all the safes below and may
come across (ho marriage certificate of
Miss Krill's 1 beg pardon. Miss Nor
lnaii's taotlier aud futher. Theu
there's the birth certificate. We must
prove th:it Miss Sylvia is the daughter
of iny late esteemed clieut."
"What's thut?" shouted Deborah.
'Why, I knowed her mother as died.
She's the daughter right enough,
"There's no need to shout," chattered
Push angrily. "I know that as well as
you do. I must act, however, as
reason dictates. I'll prove the will
and Bee that all In t igiit" Then Uread-
c TP1. .
ing Del M miYs tongue, ho
"Cood day" and loft t!io
ho was no' to escape so t
orah pluned after him
room. I ut
scathing remarks about legal manners
all the way down to the door.
I'aul and Ivia, left alone, looked and
smiled and fell into one another':; arms.
The ivlil hi'd lvon read and the money
left to tho girl, thereby the fiuttro was
all right, to they thought; that Bash's
visit demanded no further attot:ioi:.
'T toll you what, Sylvia," said l'aul
reflectively, "after this will business is
settled am) a few weeks have clapfcd
we can iu:'-rry."
"Oh, Pari, not for a yoar! Th'nk of
poor father's memory!"
"Marry m- next mouth." persisted
l'aul. "Yn i can't stop here in this dull
house, and It will be awkward for you
to go al.tUt with Deborah, faithful
thon;;'i she is. No. darling, let us mar-
j ry. and tlu-u we shall go abroad lor a
I yo.ir or tv: until ail this iinl business
i is forgotten. Thou I hope by that ti ne
. to become reconciled to my father, and
! wo can visit Wargrove."
Sylvia n '.looted. She saw that Paul
I was right, as her portion was really
j very diiiie lit. She knew of no !:; ly
who would chaperon her, and she L'ad
no relative to act as such. Certainly
Deborah could Ik? a chaperon,, but the
was not a lady, and I'ash could he a
guardian, out he was not a relative,
l'aul as her husband would be able to
prote -t her and to look after tho prop
erty, whi. h Sylvia did not think ?he
could do herself, 't hese thoughts m;i!e
her consent to an early marriage.
"You :uv an angel." I'aul said, ern
bra ing hoi. I'.ut there's olio thing wo
must do" "linl Ids voice became graor
"we must see I'ash and o'J'er a v
ward for rhe discovery of the person
who killed your father. I suggest that
we offer a reward of .".00 for the ".is
covery of the murderer of Lemuel
L'f,'S reason for advertising
the name of Lemuel Krill was
a very natural one. lie !e
li -ved that in the past of the
lead man was to be found his reason
for changi lg his name and living in
;synne s-e; And in that past, he
fore he bee." .ne a secondhand book
seller and a eeret pawnbroker, might,
be found lb motive for the crime.
Therefore, If a reward was offered for
the discovers of the murderer of Lem-
uel Krill. rikas Aaron Norman, some-
iooik imiki'I come
tMng might come to light relative to
i the man's c irly lifi
Once that was
known thii clew might bo obtained.
Then the 'nith would surely he dis
covered. I Ti- explained this to Ilurd.
'T think -ou're right, Mr. IVecot,"
said the de'ectivo in his genial way
and look hi;! .is brown as a coffee bean.
"Tut i:ov 'hat business is ended and
you know -v lat you are to do. will you
tell mo pt.Vnly why you warned jue
against tJrion Hay?"
"To bo i :irticular. Hay Is one of
those well ilresicd blackguards who
live on mi:.".s. He has no money"
"I beg yo.;r pardon, he told me him
self that '-.is uncle had left him a
thousand a year."
"I'( oh! lie might as well have
doubled the sum and Increased the
value of the lie. IIo hasn't a penny.
What he did Jiave he got through
pretty quickly la order to buy his ex
perience. Now that he is hard up
he jifacti -(-s on others what was prac
ticed on l.'.mself. Hay is well bred,
g.xid lookir.g. well dressed and plausi
ble, lie it's well furnished rooins and
keeps a Jilot. He goes into rather
shady socle ty," as decent people, having
found Ii I ) it out, won't have anything
to do wilt him. r.ut he is a card
snarper pi ri a tramlulent company.
promoter. Hell botrow money from
any juggins who is as. enough to lend
It to him. He haunts Piccadilly, fVnd
street and the Ihirlington arcade and
is always fimart and bland and fasci
nating. If he sees a likely victim
he makes his acquaintance in a hun
dred ways and then proceeds to fleece
hiiu. In a word. Mr. IJoocot, you may
put it that Mr. Hay is Captain Ilav.k.
and those Le dwindles are pigeons."
i aui was quite startled by tills rev
elation, and it was painful to hear it
of au old s:hool friend. "He does not
look like n man of that sort," he re
monstrated. "lou are ricn now through your
promised wife, and Hay will find it
; "Miss Norman's money has nothing
to do with me. And I may mention
that as soon as the case Is In your
hards, Mr. Ilurd"
"Which it Is now," interpolated the
"I intend to marry Miss Norman,
aud then we will travel for a time."
"That's very wise of you. (Jive Hay
a wide berth. Of course if you meet ; the lucky person w ho would gain the
him you needn't tell him what I have aTrre reward offered for the conviction
told you. But wheu he tries to come ' Gf the murderer
Captain Hawk over you, be on your j Theu oue dav Deborab, while clean
guard." jng out the cellar, found a piece of pa-
"1 shall, and thanks for the warn-. per whlch had slipjed down behind
j one of the safes. Those had not lnen
So the two parted. Ilurd went away removed for many years, and the pa
to have the bills printed, hud Taul re- per, apparently placed carelessly on
turned Ut tJwynne street to arrange top, had accidentally dropped behind",
with Sylvia about their early mar- ( Deborah, always thinking something
riage. Deborah was in the seventh might reveal the past to Sylvia and af
lieuYeu .of deliiiUt Uiat her voune mis- ford a clew to the assassin, brought
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Don't you think you can (iml
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tress would soon be in a safe haven
and enjoy the protection of au honor
able man. Knowing that she would
soon be relieved from care, she told
Bart Tawsey that they would le mar-
ied at tho same time as tho young
couple and that the laundry would lie
started as soon as Mr. and Mrs. Bee
cot left for the continent. Bart, of
course, aurcod he always did agree
with Deborah and so everything was
Meanwhile I'ash worked to prove the
will, pay the death duties and Jo place
Sylvia iu full possession of her prop
erly. He found iu one of the safes
the certilicate of the tiirl's birth and
also the marriage certiiieate of Aaron
Norman in the name of Lemuel Krill.
The man evidently had his doubts of
the marriage licing a legal one if con
tracted tinder his alias. He had mar
ried Lillian tJarner. who was describ
ed as a spinster. But who she was
and where she came from nnd what
her position in life might be could not
be discovered. Krill was married in
a quiet city church, and I'ash, having
searched, found everything in order.
Mrs. Krill, or Norman, as she was
known, lived only a year or two after
her marriage and then died, leaving
Sylvia to the care of her husband.
There were several nurses in succes
sion until Deborah grew old enough to
attend alone on her young mistress.
Then Norman dismissed the nurse, and
Deborah had been Sylvia's slave and
Aaron's servant until the tragic hour
of his death. So, everything being in
order, there was no dillieulty in plac
ing Sylvia in possession of her prop
erty. I'ash was engaged in this congenial
work for several weeks, and during
that time all went smoothly. I'aul paid
daily visits to the tJwynue street
house, which was to be vacated as soon
as he made Sylvia his wife. Deborah
searched for her laundry and obtained
the premises she wanted at a moder
ate rental. Sylvia basked in the sun
shine of her future husband's love, and
Ilurd hunted for the assassin of the
late Mr. Norman without success. Tho
handbills with his portrait aud real
name and a description of tho circum
stances of his death were scattered
broadcast over the country from Lund's
Lnd to John O'tiroat's, but hitherto no
one had applied for tho reward. The
name of Krill seemed to le a rare one.
and the dead man apparently had do
relatives, for no one took the slightest
interest in the bills beyond envying
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109-111 East Second Street,
the paper to her mistress. It proved
to be a few lines of a letter, com
menced, but never finished. But the
few linos were of deep Interest.
"My dear daughter," these ran. "when
I die you will lind that I married your
mother under the name of Lemuel
Krill. That is my real name, but I
wish you to continue to call yourself
Norman for necessary reasons. If the
name of Krill gets into the papers,
there will be great trouble. Keep it
from the public. I can toll you where
to iiud the reasons for this, as I have
written" Here the letter ended
abruptly without any signature. Nor
man apparently was writing it when
Interrupted and had placed it unfin
ished on the- top of the safe, whence
it had fallen behind to be discovered
by Deborah. And now it had strange
ly come to light, but too late for the
request to lie carried out.
"Oh. Iaul." said Sylvia, in dismay;
when they read this together, "and the
bills are nlrendy published with the
real name of my father."
"It is unfortunate,", admitted Iiul,
frowning. "But. after all. your father
may have been troubled unnecessarily.
For over the fortnight the bills have
neon out and no one seems to take an.
interest iu the matter."
"But if there should be trouble,
"Vou will have me to take it off your
.shoulders, he replied, kissing her.
j "My dearest, do not look so pale.
.Whatever may happen you will always
have me to stifnd by you. And Te
borah also. She is worth a regiment in
So Sylvia was comforted, and r.iul,
putting the unfinished letter iu his
pocket, went round to see I'ash in his
Chancery lane office. ITe was "stopped
in the outer room by a saucy urchin
with an impudent face and a bold man
ner. "Mr. I'ash is engaged," said this
ollicial, "so you'll 'ave to wait, Mr.
Taul looked down nt the brat, who
was curly headed and as sharp as a
needle. "How do you know my
linme?" he asked. . "I never saw you
"I'm the new office bov," said tho ur-
'fhiu, "wishin to be respectable and
leave street 'awklng. which ain't what
!t was. M name's Tray, an' I've seen
you afore, mister. I 'elped to pnll yon
out from them wheels with the "aughty
gent as guv me a boh fur doin' it."
"Oh, so you helped," said l'aul. smil
ing. "Well, here is another shilling.
I am much obliged to you, Master
Tra.v How did you get this iKist?"
"I talked myself hit' it," said Tray
importantly. "Newspapers ain't good
enough, and you gets pains iu wet
weather. So I turns a good boy" he
grinned evilly "and' goes to a ragged
kids' school to do the 'oly. The super
intendent ses I'm a promising case,
aud he arskinl Mr. I'ash, as is also
Sunday inclined, to 'elp me. The orGce
boy 'ere went, and I come." Tray
Here is one of
talk of the town
the celebrated all
wire bed couch, the
O. P H'OOUSKLU eon
With very few exceptions, every
kitchen lies si jilace for u McDougall
Cabinet. Do you need more time for
rest and recreation? Do you want to
cm the hours you s:cnd in the
kitchen in two? Do you want to spend
less money for food supplies and
household needs? A McDougatl cab
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thinijs. Come in and see
the line, up from
tossed the shilling' and spat on it for
luck as lie slipped it into the pocket
of quite a rcspit-tablo pair of trousers.
"So I'm ou in'waiy to bein' lord mayor
turn agin WiUington, as they ses In
"Well." said Beecot. amused. "I hope
you will prove yourself worthy."
Tray winked. "Ho! I'm straight
es long es it's wuth m'wliiie. I takes
m'saTry 'onio to gran, and don't plaiy
pitch an' torse u'more." He winked
again and looked as wicked a brat as
I'liul had his doubts as to what the
outcome of Mr. rash's charity would
lie and, being amused, was about to
pursue the conversation when the in
ner door opened, and I'ash, looking
troubled, appeared. When he saw
1'aul he started aud came forward.
"I was just about to send Tray, for
you." said ho. looking anxious. "Some
thing unpleasant has come. to light in
connection with Krill."
Beecot started and brought out the
scrap of paper, "Look at that," ho
said, "and you will see that the man
Tash glanced hurriedly over the Ta
per. "Most unfortunate," he said, fold
ing it up aud puffing out his cheeks;
"but it's too late. The name of Krill
was in those printed bills a portrait
also, and now"
"Well, what?" asked Taul, seeing the
"Come inside and you'll see," said
rash and conducted Beecot into the
Here sat two ladies. The elder was
a woman of over fifty, but who looked
younger, owing to her fresh complex
ion and plump ligure. She had a
firm face, with hard blue eyes and a
rather full lipped mouth. Her hair
was white, nnd there was a great deal
of it. Under a widow's car, it was
dressed a la Marie Antoinette, and she
looked very handsome in a full blown
flowery way. She had firm, white
hands, rather large, and, as she re
moved her black gloves, these, Taul
saw, were covered with cheap rings.
Altogether a respectable, well dressed
widow, but evidently not a lady.
Nor was the girl beside her, who
revealed sufficient similarity of fea
tures to announce herself the daughter
of the widow. There was the same
fresh complexion, full red lips nnd
hard blue eyes. But the hair was
of a golden color and fashionably
dressed. The young woman she like
wise was not a lady was also in
"This," said Tash, Indicating the el
der woman, who smiled, "Is Mrs. Lem
"The wife of the man who called
himself Aaron Norman," went on the
widow; "and this," Bhe indicated her
daughter, "is his heiress."
(To be Continued).
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