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THE ARGUS. SA3PURDAY. 4PRIIi lo, 1909.
I A MAKER 1
By E. PHILLIPS OPPENHEIM,
Autbor of "Th Master Mummer," "A Prince of Sinners," "Mysterious Mr.
, Sabin," "Anna the Adventuress." Etc
Copyright, 1905. 1906. by LITTLE, BROWN, and COMPANY.
SYNOPSIS OF PRECEDING CHAP
TERS. CHAPTER I. Guy Poynton. an. Ens
ieh boy, is taking- a walking tour on
"Of good news, monsieur?'
"But how can that be?"
"If madame will give me the oppor-
reaches an inn, where he is followed by
a German oflicer, who tries to find out
. if he knows anvthinir of the meetinir
on the road. He denies all knowledge
of It. -He ia advised to leave for Aus
tria without delay, as he Is suspected
Of being a spy. lie had during the eol-j
loquy secured a paper which hud blown
from the window of one of the cars.
It was written in German.
CHAPTER II. Guy goes to Paris af
ter visiting Austria and meets a party
of men and women, to whom lie tells
the story, omitting all mention of the
CHAPTER III. Phyllis Poynton comes
to England in search f Guy. her broth
er, who has disappeared. She finds in
his trunk the German paper. She trans
lates it into English, hut cannot make
anything out of it. She destroys the
translation and keeps tho original.
CHAPTER IV. Phyllis meets a man
Who she inis been informed knows of
her brother's whereabouts.
CHAPTER V. Sir George Duncombe,
in English baronet, sees a photograph
.of Phyllis and falls in love with it. He
agrees to go to Paris to search for her.
CHAPTER VI. He reaches Paris, but
fails to find any trace of the Povntons.
CHAPTER VII. Duncombe offers an
enormous reward for information of the
CHAPTER VIII. Duncombe is warn
ed to give op the search.
CHAPTER IX. Mile. Mermillion agrees
to give Duncombe the desired Informa
tion, but she fails to arrive at the ap
CHAITER X. Mile. Mermillion has
been murdered. Duncombe gets a for
mer newspaper reporter named Spen
cer to assist him in bis search. He is
again warned to leave Paris.
CHAPTERS X1.-X1I. Duncombe Is
notiiied that if he flues not leave Paris
he will lie arrested for the murder of
CHAITER XIII. He returns to Eng
land. CHAPTER XIV. Duncombe has rea
son to believe that Phyllis Poynton is
in England at a place near his own. A
girl arrives with her father. They are
introduced to him as Mr. and Miss Field
ing. CHAPTER XV. Duncombe feels sure
that Miss Fielding is Phyllis Poynton.
CHAPTER XVI. Duncombe tells Miss
Fielding the story of the Poyntons to
test her. but she does not appear to be
affected by it.
CHAPTERS XVII. -XVIII. Spencer
telegraphs that he is coming to Eng
land, as he has found out that the real
Mr. Fielding and his daughter are in
CHAPTER XIX. Miss Fielding con
fesses that she is Plivllis Povnton.
' CHAPTER XX. Fielding escapes af
ter trying to kill a man in order to st
, cure some papers which he has. Dun
. combe agrees to protect Phyllis.
CHAPTERS XXI. - XXII. Spencer
learns all about Phyllis, except her rea
son for using .an assumed name. As
yet nothing has been heard of Guy, us
Phvllis will not tell everything.
CHAPTERS XXIII. - XXIV. Phyllis
govs to France with two people who
call for her.
CHAPTER XXV. Guy In Paris has
been in hiding as the' result of a scrape
in which he had been involved with a
French nobleman and his son. who ap
peared very much interested in his
CHAPTERS XXVI.-XXVII Guy is
Informed by his friends that the men
whom he saw talking on the trains
were the cinperor of Germany and the
. czar of Russia, who were plotting to
subdue England and ruin France. His
friends are members of the seeret serv
ice force of France, and they take Guy
Into their confidence. The pwper which
. Guy had has been abstracted from his
valise. A body representing Guy is
found In he river Seine. This rose is
. designed to throw the German spies olT
the border line between Russia and ' tunlty," he said, "I should only be too
Germany. He falls asleep, and when he' in(j to explain to Mile. Poynton."
awakes sees two trains meet, one from i . , . .. .,., ,, .
Russia and one from Germany. lie "If, Indeed, it should be good news.
the marquise said slowly, "It were bet
ter broken gradually to mademoiselle.
I will take her n message."
"Permit me to see her, marquise," ho
begged. "My errand Is Indeed Impor
tant" She shook her head.
"It is not," she said, "according to
the 'couvenances. Mademoiselle ia un
der my protection. I have not tho hon
or of knowing you, monsieur."
Duncombe raised his eyebrows.
"But you remember calling at my
house In Norfolk and bringing Miss
roynton away," he. said.
She stared at him calmly.
"The matter." she said, "has escaped
my memory. I do not love your coun
try, monsieur, and my rare visits there
do not linger in my mind."
"Your husband." he reminded her.
"asked me to visit you here."
"My husband's friends," she replied,
"are not mine."
The calm insolence of her manner to
ward him took him aback. lie had
scarcely expected such a reception.
"I can only apologize, madame," ha
said, with a bow, "for intruding. I
will await your husband's return in
He bowed low and turned to leave
the room. He had almost reached the
door before she slopped him.
He turned round. Her voice was dif
ferent. "Come and sit down here," she said,
pointing to a sofa by her side.
He obeyed her. thoroughly amazed.
She leaned back among the cushions
and looked at him thoughtfully.
"How is it that you. an Englishman,
speak French so weil?" she asked.
"I lived in Paris for some years." he
"Indeed! And yet you returned to
Norfolk. Is It?"
"It is true, mndnme," he admitted.
"How droll?" she murmured. "Missi
roynton she is an old friend of
"I asi very anxious to see her, ma
He hesitated. After all his was no
"l nave reason to believe,"' he said,
"that a mistake has been made in the j
Identity of the body found in the Seine
and supposed to be her brother's."
She gave .1 little start. It seemed to
him that from that moment she regard
ed him with more Interest.
"But that, monsieur," she said, "is
She did not answer him for a mo
ment. Instead she rang a bell.
A servant appeared almost immedi
ately. "ltequest M. le Marquis to step this
way immediately he returns," she or
dered. The man bowed and withdrew'. The
marquise turned again to Duncombe.
"It is quite impossible," she repeat
ed. "Do you fcnow who It was that
identified the young man?"
Duncombe shook his head.
"I know nothing," he said. "I saw
the notice In the paper, and I have
been to the morgue with a friend."
"Were you allowed to see it?"
"No; for some reason or other we
were not, but we managed to bribe one
of the attendants, and we got the po
"This," madame 6aid, "is Interesting.
Welir ' '
"There was one point In particular
in the description," Duncombe said,
"and a very important one, which
proved to us both that the dead man
was not Guy Poynton."
"It Is no secret. I presume?" Bhe said.
'Tell me what it was."
Duncombe hesitated. He saw no
reason for concealing the facts.
"The height of the body," he said,
"was given five feet nine. Guy Toyn
toa was over six feet."
The marquise nodded her head slow
ly. "And now," she said, "shall I tell you
who it is who identified the body at the
morgue apart from the papers which
were found in his pocket and which
certainly belonged to Mr. roynton?"
"I should be 'interested to know," he
"It was Miss Poynton herself. It Is
that which has upset her so. She rec
ognized him at once."
"Are you sure of this, madame?"
"I myself," the marquise answered,
"accompanied her there. It was ter
rible." Duncombe looked very grave.
"I am indeed sorry to hear this," he
sad. ' "There can be no possibility of
any mistake then?"
"None whatever!" the marquise de
clared. "You will permit me to see her?"
Duncombe begged. "If I am not a
very old friend,- I am at least an inti
The marquise shook her head.
She Is not In a fit state to see any
UNCOMBE was passed from
the concierge to a footman
and from a footman to a quiet
ly dressed groom of the cham
bers, who brought him at last to Mme.
Ia Marquise. She gave him the tips of
her flngero and a somewhat inquiring
"Sir George Duncombe, Is it not?"
she remarked. "I am not receiving this
afternoon, but your messagn was bo
urgent. Forgive me, but it was not by
any chance my husband whom you
wished to sec?"
"Your husbaud would have done a
well, madame," Duncombe answered
bluntly, "but I learned that he was not
at home. My visit Is really to Miss
Poynton. I should be exceedingly
obliged if you would allow me the priv
ilege of a few minutes conversation
The forehead of the marquise was
wrinkled with surprise. She stood
amidst nil the wonders of her magnifi
cent drawing room like a dainty Dres
den doll petite, cold, dressed to per
fection. Her manner and her tono
' were alike frigid.
"But. monsieur," she 6aid. "that la
wholly Impossible. Mademoiselle is too
thoroughly upset by the terrible news
in the paper this morning. Jt is un
heard of. Monsieur may call again if
he is a friend of Mile. Foynton's say,
in a fortnight"
"Marquise," he said, "it la necessary
that I see mademoiselle at once. I am
the bearer of good news."
The maraulse looked at him steadily.
KFF.J' your stomach strong,
your digestion ierfcct and
your bowels free from consti
pation this jSpring and you
have the secret to good health.
To do this, take
morgue has upset her a'niost as much!
as the affair ltseif. You must have pa
tience, monsieur. In a fortnicht or
three weeks at the earliest she may be
disposed to see friends. Certainly not
I may send here a message?" Dun
The marquise nodded.
"And I may wait for an answer?"
"Yes. You can write it if you like'
Duncombe scribbled a few lines on
the back of a visiting card. The mar
quise took itrorii him and rose.
"I will return." she' said. "You shall
be entirely satisfied."
She left him alone for nearly ten
minutes. She had scarcely left the
room when another visitor entered.
The Vicomte de Bergillac, in a dark
brown suit and an apple green tie.
bowed to Duncombe and carefully se
lected the mo3t comfortable chair in
hi a vicinity.
"So you took my advice, monsieur,"
he remarked, helping himself to a
cushion from another chair and plac
ing it behind his head.
"I admit it," Duncombe answered.
"On the whole, I believe that It was
very good ad rice."
"Would you," the vicomte murmured,
"like another dose?"
"I trust," Duncombe said, "that there
la no necessity."
The vicomte reflected.
"Why are you here?" he asked.
"To see Miss Poynton."
"And again why?"
Duncombe smiled. The boy's man
ner was so devoid of Impertinence that
he found it impossible, to resent hi3
"Well." he said, "I came hoping to
bring Miss Poynton some good news.
I had Information which led me seri-,
ously to doubt whether the body which
has been found in the Seine is really
The vicomte sat up as though he had
been shot '
"My friend," he said slowly, "I take
some interest in you, but. upon my
word. I begin to believe that you will
end'your days in the morgue yourself.
As you value your life, don't tell any
one else what you have just told me. I
trust that I am the first."
"I have told the marquise." Dun
rombe answered, "and she has gone to
Snd out whether Miss Poynton will
The vicomte's patent boot tapped the
floor slowly. '
"You have tojd the marquise," he re
peated thoughtfully. "Stop! I must
There was a short silence, then tho
vicomte looked up.
"Very well," be said. "Now listen.
Have you any confidence In me?"
"Undoubtedly." Duncombe answered.
"The advice you gave me before was.
I know, good. It was confirmed a few
hours following, and, as you know, I
"Then listen." the vicomte said. "The
affair Poynton is in exceller-t hands.
Tp votmir ladv wilt come to no harm.
You are here, I know, because you ar'
her friend. You can help her if you'
"How?" Dancomhe asked.
"By leaving Paris today."
"Your advice," Imm-ombc said grin
ly. "seems to lack variety."
The vicomte shrugged his shoulders.
"The other affair," he said, "ia still
opeu. If I stepped tD tho telephone,
here, you would be arrested within tho
"Can't you leave the riddles out and
talk so that an ordinary man can un
derstand you for a few minutes?" Dun
"It is exactly what remaius Impossi
ble," the vicomte answered smoothly.
"But you know the old saying you
have doubtless something similar, in
your own country 'It is from our
friends we suffer most.' Your pres
ence here, your forgive me some
what clumsy attempts to solve this 'af
faire Poynton,' are likely to be a cause
of embarrassment to the young lady
herself and to others. Apart from that
It will certainly cost you your life."
'Without some shadow of an expla
nation," Duncombe said calmly, "I re
main where I am in case I can be of
assistance to Miss Poynton."
The young man shrugged bis shoul
ders and, sauntering to a mirror, rear
ranged his tie. Mme. le Marquise en
tered. "You, Henri!" she exclaimed.
Tie bowed low, with exaggerated
grace, and kissed the tips of her fin
gers. "I!" he answered. "And for thh
time with a perfectly legitimate reason
for my coming a commission from my
"Exactly, dear cousin."
'But why." she asked, "did they nht
show you into my room?"
T learnt that my friend Sir George
Duncombe" was here, and I desired to
see him," he rejoined. '
She shrugged her dainty shnnrtcra.
"You will wait" she directed. Th"n
she turner! to Duncombe and handed
him a sealed envelope.
"If you please," 'she said, "will you
read that now?"
He tore it open and read the few
hasty line3. Th?n he looked 'up and
met tho marquise's expectant gaze.
"Madame," lie said slowly; "does tills
come from Miss Poyuton cf her own
She laughed insolently. '
"Monsieur." she said, "my guests are
subject to no coercion in this lionse." '"
lie bowed and turned toward the
"Your answer, monsieur?' she called
out. ; " '
There is no answer," he replied.
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