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THE ARGUS, SATURDAY, MAY 1, 1909.
Women Storming Trading Stamp Store at St. Paul
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St. raul, Minu., Apri 29. The hard
battle won by the mot-chants of Minne
sota in the state, legislature which re
sulted, in the passage of now anii
Irading stamp legislation, was imme
diately followed by the assaults of
hordes of angry women on the trading
stamp stores in St. Paul. The women,
holding thousands of stamps could not
be convinced that the stamps were
not valueless and it was necessary in
call out the police and place guards in
charge of the stoics for several days
to prevent riots and the destruction
of the premium stocks of the stores.
'I he new legislation does not pro- of their trade getting devices. The
hihit the use of stamp?, but. provides
that no more shall be issued unless
their value is plainly printed on their
face and their redemption at then
stated value is provided for. Stamps
showing a face value of a dollar must
be good for a dollar's worth of goods
at the stores or the stores will be
closed by the authorities. The stamp
craze struck St. Paul five or six years
agaj, and gained a strong foothold.
Merchants generally were forced to
adopt them because of the action cf
principal dealers in making them one
stamp companies have reaped enor
mous profits because of the hundreds
of thousands of stamps issued which
fell into the hands or women who
never completed their "books," and
therefore never presented them for
redemption. Under the system of the
stamp companies, each stamp issued
was paid for by a merchant before ;t
reached the customer of his store.
Unredeemed .stamps were therefor?
clear profit to the companies. The
new legislation will practically abolish
By E. PHILLIPS OPPENHEIM,
Author of "The Mistr Mummer." "A Prince of Sinners." "Mysterious Mr.
Sabin." "Anna the Adventuress." Etc
Copyriaht. 1903. 1909. by LITTLE. BROWN, and COMPANY.
SYNOPSIS OF PltECKDlNG CHAP
TERS. CHAPTER I. Guy Toynton, -in Eiir
fsh boy. is taking a walking tour on
the border line bctwt-cn Kussla anl
llDPKl'j r v- tin a. .11., .1 ... . . l. . ...
........ j. lic Mu.n vii.-n uiiiin wnia-n ne final hoi'ii
afwaH-a urt-s nvo ir.uns meet, one irom
Phyllis will not tell everything.
CHAITKRS XXIII. - XXIV. Phyllis
poos to France with two people who
call for tier.
CHAPTER XXV. Guy in Paris has
, been in hilling as the result of a S'-rapo
involved with a
from the first we have' kept 'them o3
the seeut. We had a little difficulty in
convincing our friends, your country
people, but we managed to borrow a
few papers from the German ambas
sador while bo was staying: at a coun
try house in England, which were suf
ficient." Sleneer was already writing. Ills
coat lay on the floor whore he had
"Don't go for a moment, De Bergil
lac," he said. ,-I waht to ask you a few
things.' 1 can talk and code at the
same time. "What about Miss Toyn
ton?" "Well, we had to take care of her,
too." le Bergillae said. "Of course all
her inquiries over here would have led
to nothing, lint they knew about her at
the English embassy . so we walked her
off from the Cafe Monttnartre one
night and took her to a friend of mine.
KuHKia and one from Germany. He
reaches an inn. where lie is followed by
a German olHcer, who tries to tind out
If he knows anything of the meeting
on the road, lie denies all knowledge
of it. He is advised to leave for Aus
tria without delay, as be 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.
CHAPTER II. Guy goes to Paris af
ter visiting Austria and meets a party
of men and women, to whom he tells
the atory, omitting all. mention of the
CHAPTER III. Phyllis Poynton comes
to England in search of Guy, her broth
er, who lias disappeared. She finds In
his trunk the German paper. She trans
lates it into English, but cannot make
anything out of it. She destroys the
translation and keeps the original.
CHAPTER IV. Phyllis meets a man
who she has, been informed knows of
her brother's whereabouts.
CHAPTER V. Sir George Puncombe,
n 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 anv trace of the povntons.
CHAPTER VII. Kuncombe offers an
fiiorinous reward for information of the
CHAPTER VIII. Puncombe is warn
ed to give up the senrch.
CHAPTER IX. Mile. Mermill Ion agrees
to give Duncomhe the desired informa
tion, but she fails to arrive at the ap
CHAPTER X. Mile. Mermlllion has
been murdered. Duncombe gets a for
mer newspaper reporter named Spen
cer to assist him in his senrch. He is
gain warned to leave Paris.
CHAPTERS XI. -XII. Duncombe is
notified that if he does not leave Paris
he will be arrested for the murder of
CHAPTER XIII. He returns to Eng
land. CHAPTEP. XIV. Puncombe h;m rea
son to believe Hint Phyllis Poynton Is
In England at a dace near his own. A
girl arrives with her father. They are
introduced to him as Mr. and Miss Field
ing. CHAPTER XV. Duncomhe feels sure
that Miss Fielding is Phyllis Poynton.
CHAPTER XVI. Puncombe tells Miss
Fielding the story of thai Poyntons to
test her. but she aloea not appear to be
afferta-al bv it.
CHAPTERS XVII. - XVIH. Spencer
telegraphs that he is aoming to Eng
land, as he has found amt that the real
Mr. Fielding and his daughter are in
CHAPTER XTX. Miss p'lelding con
fesses that she is Phyllis Povnton.
CHAPTER XX. Fielding escapes af
ter trying to kill a man In order to se
cure some papers which he has. Dun
combe agrees to protect Phyllis.
CHAPTERS XXI. -XXII Spencf?
learns all about Phyllis, exa-ept her rea
son for using an assumed name. As
yet nothing lias been heard of Guy, as
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Pred ynmucrintedWi ! Ma.!1,8e.d St I?.thoL. W..t?.U
story. i ner a mue or tuo trutn ana a little.
chapters xxvi.-xxvii Guy is I'm afraid, -which was an exaggera-
Informed by his friends that the men i , - l
Whom he saw talking on the trains tlrm- Anyhow we kept her (lUiet. and
were the emperor of Germany and the.Vve got her to go to England for 113
czar af Russia, who wa re plotting to ' T,,nf Ti ., .
subdue England and ruin Fiance. His' , ' '-' ""'
friends are meml.a rs of the secret serv-I Shave alown at Iilillt:ll. by the bye."
ice force of France, and they take Guy "After tlliV Spencer Said, with
into their a-oiiiidencc. The papa-r which
Guy haal has been abstracted from his
valise. A body rcpra'santing Guy is
found in the riva-r Seine. This ruse is
dcsigni'd to throw the German spies off
CHAPTER XXVIII. Puncombe. who
has returned to Paris, suspects the trick.
CHAPTER XXIX. Phyllis has refus
ed to see Duncombe. but gives tha? Vi
comte ale Herglllai- permission to have
the papa-r whi:h Duncombe has binn
kea-ping for her.
CHAPTERS XXX.-XXXI Spenaer is
drugga'd so that ha- aaiinot a-ontinue
longar in tha? search. He persuades
Duncombe to return to England.
CHAPTERS XXXII.-XXXIII. Dun
combe is arresta-at lr the murder ad'
Mlla. Ma-rmillion in Paris. On tha? way
to prison ha is a-hloraalorma-al by his
a"l A PT ER XXXIV. The man who nr-resta-al
L)uncamba was a ma-niba! ail" the
Frauiah secra t saTViee. who had turm'al
traitor and was trying tai gi t the Ger
man ilocument which Phyllis hart in-trusta-d
to Duncairnbe and bad given M.
de Ha-rgillae permission to have. De
F.ergillac disa-ova-rs tha; tra-acha-ry in
time ta get the paper, and Duiicomla
accoinpatna-s firm io r raru-e.
CHAPTER XXXV. Frana-e signs
alliance witu fJiigianu against Kiissui
PENCEIt, whose recovery dnr
iug the last few days had been
as rapid as the first develop
ment of bis indisposition, had
just changed for dinner and was light
ing a "cigarette d'appeitif" when,
without waiting to be announced, the
Vieonite de Bergillac entered theroom.
Spenc-er, with lightning-like intuition,
knew that his time was come.
"Off with your coat, man. and get
your code books out. I am going to
give you the most sensational story
which has ever appeared in your "pa
per!" be exclaimed. "Only remember
this it must appear tomorrow morn-
smile, "the secret service people prop
er will have to look to their laurels. It
is a triumph for the amateurs."
The vieonite twirled his tiny black
"Yes," he said, "we have justified
ourselves, it has cost us something,
Spencer stopped writing.
"It was an affair of si million francs,"
the vicomte said. "I hope lie has got
Spencer resumed his work.
"The baron a traitor!" be exclaimed.
"Where is be?"
"In England. We are not viudictivc.
If the Germans paid him a million
francs they got nothing for it. lie
has been watched from the first. We
knew of it the moment be came to
- i terms with tnem. lie only knows bare
an f nets. Nothing beyond. He is going
toHrazil, I think. We shall not inter
"Tell me why," Spencer said, "you
were so down on all of ris who joined
in the search for the Poyntons?"
"We could not afford to run any
risks of your discovering a clew,"' De
Bergillae answered, "because you in your
turn were closely watched by German
spies, hoping to discover them through
you. That Is why we had to strike
hard at. all of you who interfered. . I
was sorry for little Flossie, but wie
knew the risk she ran. We had. to
stop you, induce Duncombe to leave
Faris and knock on the bead a f;o! of
an English detective for fear be might
discover anything. 51. Felhani was
potting into danacr, but of courss it If
Ing. I am arranging for the French BUovernoTr. Tomorrow we are tiring-
papers to have it. Yours shall be the ing Guy into Taris."
onlv Enelish Journal. Glance through
these sheets. They contain the story
of Taffaire Poynton."
Spencerwas master of the gist of
the thing in a very few moments. His
eyes were bright with excitement
"Who guarantees this?" he asked
"5Iy uncle has signed it," Henri de
Bergillae answered, "and at the bottom
of the page there you will see a still
more distinguished signature. You un
derstand Taffaire Poynton now? 'It Is
very simple. That English boy actual
ly witnessed a meeting between the
czar and the emperor and turns up In
Paris, with a loose sheet of a treaty
between the twfj (relative to an attack
upon England.-Our people got bold of
blm at the Cafe Montmnrtre, and, We
have hidden him away ever since. Our
"Where Is Duncombe?" he asked.
"Back in Ta ris," Do Bergillae answer
ed. "Arrived here with me today. lie
Is much in love with the beautiful sis
ter. Alas! It was to him that she in
trusted the misoing page of that treaty
which she found in her brother's lug
gage. Some day I must tell you of
my adventures In England Jnst night,
when I went over to get it aud found
M. Louis a little ahead of me."
"Some day," Spencer murmured,
writing for dear life, with the perspira
tion streaming down bis forehead. '5Iy
dear vicomte, do you mind ringing the
bell?"' I want my servant. I roust
telegraph my paper to warn them of
this. They must clear two columns of
type for me." ! -
The vicomte did as be was asked.
friends, the (Joniinn -who faoomoil to,
1 have hn.l som ,niMnn. nboof- I Then be turned toward the door.
1 have, fille.1 that eltv Titb .niM i,; "I wi" leave you." be said. "Th
dust of England is still In my throat.
Absinth, a bath and dinner! Au revolr.
mon ami! Confess that I have kept the
promise which M. Louis made you. It
is what you call a coup, this, eh?"
Out on, the boulevards the papers
were selling like wildfire. The vicomte
bought one and. sitting down outside a
cafe, ordered absinth. The great bead
'lines attracted blm at once. He sipped
his absinth and smiled to himself.
"The play commences," he murmur
ed. "I must return to M. Spencer,". '
Spencer., was still working like a
"1 must interrupt you for a mo
ment," De Bergillae said. "I have
brought you an evening paper. The
Baltic fleet has sunk half a dozen
English fishing boats, and the whole
country is in a frenzy, It Is the begin
"Leave the paper,there's a good fel
low," he said. I will look it through
presently. If there Is time If there Is
only time this will be the greatest
night of my life'. No other paper has a
hint, you say?"
. "Not one!" 7
"If I could put back the clock a sin
gle hour!" Spencer muttered. "Never
mind! Williams, more sheets!"
De Bergillae took his leave." He had
telephoned for his motor, which was
waiting outside. He gave the 6rd.er.to
drive to his rooms. On the. way he
passed the great pile of buildings in
the Louvre. In a room at the extreme
end of. the pile a light was burning.
De Bergillae looked at it curiously. A
small brougham, which be recognized,
"If one could see Inside." he mut
tered. "It would be Interesting!"
In a sense It was Interesting. 51.
Grisson sat there in front of his open
table. His secretary's place by his side
was vacant. Opposite sat a ta!l man
with gray hair and dark mustache.
He was dressed for the evening, and
his breast glittered with stars and ot
"It is exceedingly kind of you, mon
sieur." he said, "to grant me this inter
view at so short notice. I was most
anxious to apprize you of news which
as yet, I believe', has not found its way
into your papers. You have read ac
counts of a Russian attack upon an
English fishing fleet, but you have not
yet been Informed of the presence the
undoubted presence of Japanese tor
pedo boats concealed among them."
M. Grisson raised his eyebrows.
"Indeed, no!" he answered. "We
have not even heard a rumor of any
thing of the sort."
"Nevertheless their presence was in
dubitable," the prince declared. "Un
der those circumstances, monsieur, you
can doubtless understand that our re
ply to any protests on the part of Eng
land will be of an unpacific nature.
We should not for a' moment allow
ourselves to be dictated to by the allies
of our enemy." .
"Naturally," 5L Grlsjwn answered.
"On the other hand, you surely do hot
wish to embroil yourself In a quarrel
with England at the present moment?"
"We wish to quarrel with no one,"
the prince answered haughtily. "At
the same time, we arc not afraid of
England. We recognize the fact that If
war should come it is an independent
affair and does not come under the ob
ligations of our alliance. We ask,
therefore, for your neutrality alone."
M. Grisson bowed.
"But, prince," be said gravely, "you
epeak lightly enough of the possibili
ties of war. hut surely you must know
that the English fleet In the channel
and at Gibraltar altogether outmatches
the Baltic fleet!"
"A Russian." the prince answered
grandly. "Is not afraid of great odds!"
M. Grisson bowed.
"For the sake of humanity," ho said,
"I trust most sincerely that affairs
may be peaceably arranged. " If the
contrary should turn out to be the
case. I can only say that In a quarrel
which concerns Russia and England
olone France, would remain benevo
lently neutral. As you have remarked,
the obligations of our treaty do not
apply to such a case."
The prince played nervously with
the star at his chest. Both men were
well aware that up to now they had
been merely playing with words.
"There Is another contingency," the
Russian remarkeal, "which now we are
upou the. subject it would perhaps be
as well to allude to. The relations be
tween Germany and England, as you
know, just now are very sorely strain
fd. If Germany should take advan
lage of the present situation to make a
demonstration against England, that,
of course, would not from your point
of view affect the situation?"
XI. Grisson looked like a man who
sees before him amazing things.
"My dear prince." ho said, "do not let
us misunderstand one another. You
Mtnnot by any possibility be suggest
'Jig that Germany might associate her
self with you in your resistance to poa
Bible English demands?"
The Russian leaned back in his chair.
"Germany is on the spot" he re
marked, "and knows the facts of. the
case. She has proofs of the presence
of Japanese torpedo boats among the
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grew even more pronounced.
"My dear prince." he said, "you are
doubtless aWare that during the last
few weeks there have been some Very
strange rumors about as to h meeting
between your master and the emperor
of. Germany and an agreement which
W!?s forthwith signed between them. I
need not remark-that all such rumors
were entirely discredited here. Such a
meeting kept secret from us would of
course be very seriously considered
The prince smiled. He remained ad
mirably self possessed, though the
very veins in his forehead were swoll
en with anger. ' '
"A canard of the sort has reached
my ears," he remarked. "Some Eng
lish boy, I believe, imagined or dream
ed that he saw some such meeting.
We scarcely need, I think, to discuss
'Tersonally I agree with you." M.
Grisson said smoothly. "My ministry,
however, 6eems to have been a little
Impressed by the boy's story. An au
tograph letter from the czar denying
It would perhaps make our negotiations
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remarked, rising. "By the bye. I hear
reports of great activity from Cher
bourg. More maneuvers, eh?"
M. Grisson shrugged his shoulders.
"Our new naval chief," he remarked,
"Is a marvel of Industry. 1 You know
the English proverb about the new
broom, eh?" '
The prince bowed.
"During the next few hours, he re
marked, "many things may happen.
You will be always accessible?"
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