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TTTTC AnaiTS SATUltPAV. FEB1UJAHV 27. looo:
OF HJSTO RY
By E. PHILLIPS OPPENHEIM,
Author of "The Mister Mummer." "A Prince of Sinners." "Mysterious Mr.
... Sabin." "Anna the Adventuress." Etc
Copjrriffht. 1903. 1006. by LITTLE. BROWN, and COMPANY.
SYNOPSIS OV lMlECEIMNG C1IAP-TKltS.
CHAPTER I. Guy Poynton, an Eng
Ish boy. la taking a walking tour on
the Imrdcr lino bctwei-n Russia and
Ocrmiiny. He falls nsloop, mid when he
awakes sees two trains meet, one from
Russia und one from Oi-rmany. He
reaches an inn, whi-ru lie is followed by
a German ollieeiv who tries to tind out
If he knows anything of the meeting
on the road, lie denies all knowledge
of It. lie is advised to leave for Aus
tria without delay, as he is suspected
of being a spy. He had during the col
loquy secured a paper which had blown
from the window of one of the cars.
It was written in German.
CHAPTKK II. Guy goes to Taris af
ter visiting Austria and meets a party
of men and women, to whom he tells
the story, omitting all mention of the
CHAPTKIl III. Phyllis Poynton comes
to England in search of Guy. her broth
er, who has disappeared. Slip finds in
his trunk the German paper. She trans
lates it into Kuglish, but cannot make
anything out of it. She destroys the
translation ami keeps the original.
CHAPTKIl IV. Phyllis meets a man
who she has been informed knows of
her brother's whereabouts.
CHAPTKK V. Sir George Huneombe,
an Knglisli baronet, sees a nhotograph
of Phyllis and falls in love with it. lie
agrees to go to Paris to search for her.
CI IA ITKK VI. He reaches Paris, but
fails to find anv trace of the Povntons.
CHAPTER VII. Duncomhe offers an
enormous reward for information of the
C1IAPTKU VIII n.incombe is warn
ed to give up the search.
CHAPTKK IX. Mile. Mermillion agrees
to tive Huncomhe the ilesivcil Inform:!-1
tion, but she fails to arrive at the an-! upss, seemed ablt Vv'Hll lite most ridiou-
pointed time. iol!S ...lse to frustrate his every move.
lie ro-eutoivtl the hotel in a state of
complete n;Tvou tlopivsvlnn. For the
time lie liail fore'.iotlinjrs on liia
own aci'O'in't. VVImt hul happened to
Mils?, Flossie might happen so easily to
A man rose quickly from the lounije
.'n the hotel as he entered. Kuncombe
gendarmes and waited while they took
I voluminous notes of the occurrence.
The murder seemed to them and to
rnndame to be one of a very common
class. The assassin had left no clew
whatever behind him. The poor girl's
rings had been torn from her tinkers;
her little stock of jewelry ransacked;
her purse was crupty; everything of
value had been taken. There was not a
shred of evidence against any one. Ma
dame, who had seen the man upon the
stairs, could only say that he was short
and wore a black felt hat. The officer
who took down what they had to say
shrugged his shoulders as he replaced
the book in his pocket. The affair
would pass most certainly, he feared,
into t'.ie long list of uudiscoverabls
Duncombe left his name and address
end enough money for the funeral.
Then he returned to his hotel. This
was the end, then, of the clew from
which he had hoped so much. Spen
cer's waruins as to what would surely
happen to those whom he might suc
ceed in bribing came back into his
mind with sickening insistence. In a
measure hn was responsible for the
plrl'at death. After all, what chance
had he? He was lighting against pur
ers which, moving always in the ilaik-
TTNf'OMWC had the nerves nn l ' first
temperament of the young
Fnglishman of his class, whose
life Is mostly spent out of
doors and wha has been an athlete all
bis clays. Hut nevertheless at that mo
ment he was afraid. Something in the
stillness of the room oppressed h'ra.
He could see nothing, hearing nothing,
except the clock ticking upon tlse man
telpiece. And yet he v.r.s afraid.
He fumbled desperately in his pocket
for his matchbox. When he had found
it hp discovered that it war; empty.
With a sense of positive relief he back
ed out of the room and hastily de
scended the Vtairs. The old lady was
stilt' in her sitting room reading the
paper. She set it down at his-entrance
aud looked at him over the top of her
"Pardon, madame." he said, remov
ing his hat. "I find the rooms of mn
'deninlsplle are open, but nil is In dark
ness. I cannot make any one hear." '
Madame took up her pap;u
"Then mademoiselle is probably out."
she declared. "It is generally so at
this hour. Monsieur can leave his
"But the doors a:e all open," Dun-'
- "I s presently and clos them." ma
dame answered. "The careless hussy:"
Duncombe produced a small piece of
gold.. Madame laid down the paper at
once, fclie looked at it as though ready
to snatch it from his hand.
"Madame would oblige ine very much
If she would nsrend with me at once,"
Duhcombe said. "I should like to
mnke quite sure whether the young
lady Is there or not."
Madame was on her feet with re
markable celerity. She accepted the
coin and carefully placed it in a purse
drawn from somewhere among the
folds of her voluminous skirts.
"W shall need a caudle," Duncombe
She lit a lamp, talking all the while.
"Monsieur is very generous." she de
clared. "Mile. Flossie is a charming
young lady. No wonder she has many
friends, ihere was one," she continu
ed, '"who came here with her this aft
ernoon, but he left almost at once," she
added hastily, aware of her indisere
tiou. "Ah, these stairs! They grow
steeper for one so corpulent.' At last!"
She pushed open the door and wenf
sideways down the narrow passage
Directly they had filtered it they had
''o'v of the room beyond. Madame
Securu-'- Duncombe felt all bis
..o. v. v ,.lto. a tpl.nMeJ ap-
Connecticut Fire vjj
Office, 1728 Third av. the lamp
low as consistent with seas sulU
In the Heart of New
Uuncmnbc durcl do no more than tuxt
one Muitfc horrified jlttire nt it.
greeted him with a little expression ol
"Spencer!" he exclaimed. "Were you
waiting to see me?"
The journalist nodded. He was not
in evening dress, and he, too, had tlis
appearance of u man who has received
something of a shock.
"les. Ine cafe is closed, I suppose.
Let us go down into the smokcroom.
want to talk to you."
Duncombe led the way. They found
two easy chairs and dispatched a Avait
er for whiskies aud soda. Thau Spen
cer turned to his friend.
"Have you met," he asked, "with any
"None," Duncombe answered gloom
"I have something to tell you," Spon
ccr continued. "No, it Is not goo
news,' no nndeti nastily. It is more
a personal matter. It is of something
which has happened to myself.'
"(Jo on," he said.
"For twenty-two and a half years,"
Spencer said. "I have lived in Faris
as the correspondent to various Eng
hsh journals. 1 have made many
friends, and it has becu considered
among all my fellow journalists that I
have had the ear of more Influential
people in politics nnd society here than
any other writer. Today I have re
signed ny position." .
Duncombe managed to summon up
euough interest to be surprised
"I had no idea," he said, "that you
ere contemplating anything of the
i'l was not." Spencer answered grim-
4 "I am as much surprised myself
'.rfill titT P r! rki t I J will Iia
VVincombe was puzzled.
ri ntn nfrnid T don't nnlt nnder.
I." lie said. "You can't mean that
iTtleenii. 200 Bath. European Flaa,
SO Large Sample Rooms,
tt Mtea with S Boom and Bath,
tka Fameta German BaththallaT ef
. Hew York,
latea far Booms: . .
$1.50 Per Day and Upward.
$0.00 and Upward With Bath.
Hi SniKj-Titngj Hstil Co.
(ft. My people have nothing to do
JJlit," Spen.cer answered. "I have
Se sack, but not from them. It
.L-ls which will have no more of
live here of course on my facul
r obtaining Information and my
' into political aud social life. To-
he minister of police has declin
receive me or at any future time.
ards of entry Into the chamber
ialf a dozen nlaces bnvA hoon ra
ni v name has been urntinira,! I
ffLie visiting list of the president I
that I may see of
the outside. Aud
which It wouldn't. X should have re-
ired in any case In less than a year.
and, a it is, I believe my successor
Is on his way over already. Now,
would you like to know why I have
come here nt this hour of the night to
tell you this?"
"Go on." he said. "Afterward I'v6
6onjething to tell you."
"I've come," Spencer said, "because
'm free now, if you like, to help yon.
I was Interested in j-our story before.
I am teu times more interested la it
now. If you still want me I'll do what
1 can for you."
"Want you! Spencer, do you mean
t?" Duncombe exclaimed. "Want
you! Why, tiiere's" no one I'd rather
interest iu the affair than you."
"Well, I can promise you my inter
est is pretty well excited already,"
Spencer answered. "I'm with you
ight along. Now toll me where you've
been this evening aud what's hap
of importance.'" All
Paris now Is from
there is no appeal."
But what Is the reason of it. Silen
cer? What have you done? How have
you offended all these people?"
"I don't want you to blame yourself
in any way, Duncombe," he said. "You
could not possibly have guessed th
sort of thing you were up against. But
the fact remains that my offense is in
having sent my friends up to the Cafe
Montmartre on your account and In
being susjected of rendering you fur
ther assistance .In your search for
those two marvelous young English
"You are not joking by any chance.
are you v Duncombe asked gravely.
"The matter," Spencer replied, "does
not appear to me to lend itself to any
thing tf the sort."
Duncombe hurled his head In his
hands for several moments.
Great heavens!" he murmured. "Let
me think. I can t tell you how sorry
am, old chap. Can't the thing be ex
plained? As a matter of fact, you were
"I don't want it explained." Spencer j
said, "even if it would do any good.
Duncombe recounted the evening's'
events. His new ally listened aud aft--erward
smoked for a moment or two'
It is simply wonderful." he declar
ed. "The whole secret service sy.steni
of Faris is working to cover up the
traces of this boy and girl. Their spie.i
of course are everywhere and their or
ganization perfect. The first one of
their creatures who tries to break away
is Mile. Flossie. The poor little fool
lived for only a few hours afterward.;
Your bribe was high, but she ought to
have known better."
Why, of course! The theft of her
poor little jewels was only a blind. It
was to deceive the public, for as n
matter of fact her murderer would
have been perfectly safe if- be had
strolled into the nearest police station
and made his reiiort. She was killed
because she was going to give you
"Great heaven'." he exclaimed. "Tell
me. Silencer, who or what can be at
the back of all this? Guy Fnyntoi
was simply a healthy minded, not over
intelligent young Saxon, unambitious
and passionately fond ol" his home and
his country life. He had uo friends
over here, no interests, uo ties of anv
sort, lie was abroad for the first time
of his life. He regarded foreicn coun
tries and people simply with the toler
ant curiosity of the untravcled British
er. He appears in Faris for one night
and disappears, and forthwith all the
genius of French espionage seems to
have combined to cover up his traces.
It is the same with his sister, only as
she came afterward it was evidently
on his account that she also is drawn
into the mystery. What can be the
meaning of it. Spencer?"
"My young frieud," Spencer said. "I
will be frank with you. I have not the
least idea. I only know that somehow
or other you're up against a big thing.
In a week, perhaps a day, I may know
more. Meanwhile 1 want you to go on
your way precisely as though you aud
I had not discussed this matter."
"We may not work together, then?"
"Certainly not. You are a marked
man everywhere. Every door is closed
to you. I shall nominally stick to my
post. You must be content to be the
actual looker on, though you had bet
ter not abandon your Inquiries alto
gether. I will put you tip at the Corde
Anglais. It will serve to pass the
time, and you may gain information at
the most unlikely places. And now
The liftman thrust a penciled note
Into his hand as he ascended to his
"From I do not knew whom, mon
sieur," he announced. "It was left
here by some oe; Whoai I cannot
Duncombe opened It In his dressing
room. There was only one sentence:
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