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THE ROCK ISLANI ARGUS, SATURDAY, JANUARY 4. 1913.
By. Anna Katherine Green
CVryright 1911 by Street &
Crryright ml by Dodd, Mead
Thrc was a nr x tenant Id the '
Hicks street tenement. He arrived '
lat ore afternoon u:.d was Fbcwn
two rooms, on In the rear building 1
em another lr. the front one. Both!
w re on the fo-rh floor. He de-'
murred at the. former, thought It
rloom.v bijt fiiHlly consented to try It-'
The. o'li-r, be h h ' d ( was too expensive. ,
The janitor ww to the business'
w;,b not ciu'h tti-.en with him and
flawed it. v, l.i"is Ke:ad to offend the
n nosier, v ho wrs evidently an lr-
ritablf fi llow owing to ill health.
However, they cainw to terms as I1
huvo said, and the man went a nay, '
promising to send In fcls belong lags ;
thn next day. He smiled as be Bald'
th a i rid the Jrr.iif-r who bad rarely,
seen K"i !j ij a ch.'iiiee taki place In a
human fare, looked uncomfortable
for a ir.oni'iiit and nem-d disposed to i
nw.ke some remark about the room 1
they were leaving. Hat, thinking bet-
Hr of It, lori.rd the door and led the!
way dowfiHtitirs. As the prospective'
tenant followed, he may have noticed,'
probably did, thHt the door they had i
Jiii.t. left v.-:iH a n w one the only new
thing to be nwn in tb whole shabby'
The next night that door waa locked,
on the tuMde. The young man had;
taken possession. As he put awayi
the remnants of a meal he bad cooked
f;r himself, he cast a look at bis sur
roundings, and Imperceptibly sighed.
Then b brightened again, and sitting I
down on bis soliiary chair, ha turned,
Ills eyes on the window which, uncurl
tafned aud without shade, stared open-'
moalhed, as It were, at the opposite'
wull rising high across the court.
In tb.t wall, one w indow only I
swmed to inmrfst him and that wa
on a level with his own. The shade i
of this window was up. but there wae '
no lUhf back of It and so nothing of
the Interior could b seen. Hut bin
eye retrained Cxd upon- it, while hl!
hand, a retched out towards the lamp
burning near him. hold itself In readl
Ben to lower the. light at a minute's
Did be see only the opposite wall'
od that unillnmlned window? Was
there no p'tmci of the time when.'
In a previous contemplation of those
dinmal pane, he beheld atretcblng be
tn them and himself, a long, low.
Iwnch w itn plain wooden tub upon
it, from which a dripping cloth beat
out upon the boards beneath a dismal
note, monotonous as tho ticking of a
One might Judge that such memo-;
rtes were indeed his, from the rapid'
glance ha cant behind him at the'
place where tho bed bud stood In
those days. It was placed differently
But If he saw, and If he beard these
suggestions from the past, he waa not ,
less alive to the exactions of the pres-
ent, for. as his glance flew back across!
the court, his finger suddenly moved'
and the flnme It controlled sputtered
and went out. At the same Instant,'
the window opposite sprang Into view
at the lump was lit within, and for ;
several minutes the whole interior re- j
m allied visible the books, the work-
table, the cluttered furniture, and,'
most lutrresUnji of all Its owner and I
occupant. It w as upon the latter that i
the newcomer fixed his attention, and !
with an absorption equal to that he!
Jw expressed in the countenance op-1
Rot his was the absorption of!
watchfulness; that of the other of In-J
trospectlon. Mr. Brother son (we!
will no longer call him Dunn even I
here where he Is known by no other
name) had entered the room clad In j
bis heavy overcoat and, not having
taken It off before lighting bis lamp, ;
till stood with it on, gazing eagerly 1
down at the model occupying the 1
plaoe of honor on the large center j
table. He was not touching it not '
at tills moment but that his thoughts I
were with It. that his whole mind was
concentrated on it, was evident to the I
wntcber serous the court; and, as thla !
watcher took in this fact and noticed 1
th loving care with which the en thn-1
slaittic iuventor finally put out his flu-1
ger to rearrange a inread or twirl a
wTeel, hia dif appointment found ot Lar
imer, lu a sigh which echoed sadly
through the di.il and cheerless room.
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Had he expected this stern and self
contained nan to show an open in-1
difference to work and the hopes of
a lifetime? if so. this was the first)
of the many surprises awaiting him. i
He was gifted, however, with the ;
patience of an automaton and con tin- !
ued to watch his fellow tenant as long ;
as the latter's shade remained tip. '
When it fell, he rose and took a few j
steps up and down, but not with the '
celerity and precision which usuf lly ;
accompanied his movements. Doubt ;
disturbed his mind and Impeded his
activity. He had caught a fair glimpse
of Brotherson 'i face as be approached j
the window, and though It continued
to show abstraction, it equally dis
played serenity and a complete eat- j
lsfactlon with the present if not with :
the future. Had be mistaken bis man ;
after all? 'Was his instinct, for the 1
frst time In bis active career, wholly
He had succeeded in getting a !
glimpse of his quarry In the privacy j
of his own room, at home with his '
thoughts and anconsetoQS of any es-
plonage. and how had be found him?;
Cheerful, and natural in all his move-;
But the evening was young. Retro- 1
spect comes with later and more lone-'
ly hours. There will be opportunities i
yet for studying this impassive coun- j
tenance under much more telling and j
productive circumstances than these. !
He would await these opportunities !
with cheerful anticipation. Mean-1
while, he would keep up the routine ,
watch he had planned for this night. !
Something might yet occur. At all i
vents he would have exhausted the :
situation from this standpoint.
And so it came to pass that at an '
hour when all the other hard-working
people in the building were asleep,
or at least striving to sleep, these two '
men still sat at their work, one in the
llKht, the other in the darkoesB, fac
ing each other, consciously to the one,
unconsciously to the oh.er, aero?s tfc
hollow woll of tho row silent rourt.
Kleven o'clock! Twelve! No oanre
on Brothereon's part or In Brother-!
son's room; but a decided one in the'
piace where Sweetwater sat. Objects
which had been totally indlatinguieh-
abie even to his penetrating eye
could now be seen In ever brighten- :
in outline. The moon had reached :
tha open space above the court, and ;
bo was getting the full benefit of it.
Bnt it waa a benefit he would have i
been glad to dispense with. Darkness i
was like a shield to him. He did not
feel quite sure that he wanted th'.s !
shield removed. With no curtain to
the window and no shade, and all this
brilliance pouring into the room, he
feared the disclosure of his presence j
there, or, if not that, some effect on
his own mind of those iremorles h
was more anxlops to see mirrored in !
another's discomfiture than lu his !
Was it to escape any lack of cot. j
centratlon which these same memo i
ri.-s might bring, that be rose ano I
stepped to the window? Or was i- j
undr one of those involnrtnry im j
pulsos which move us In spite of our ,
selves to do the very thing our Judg-
xnent disapproves? i
No sooner had he approached the
sill than Mr. Brothereon's shade few :
way np and he, too, looked out. Their'
glances met, and for an instant the !
hardy detective experienced that in-,
voluntary stagnation of the blood I
wnich follows an inner shock. He
felt that he had been recognized. The !
moonlight lay full upon his face, and !
the other had seen and known him. j
Else, why the constrained attitude :
and sudden rigidity observable in this
confronting figure, with its partially I
lifted hand? A man like Brotherson ;
make no pause in any action however '
trivial, without a reason. Either he I
bad been transfixed by this glimpse of !
his enemy on watch, or daring'
thought I had sees enough of sspul-i
chral suggestion in the wan face!
looking forth from thla fata! window!
to shake him from h'.a composure and '
let loose the grinning devil of remorse i
from lu Iron prlsoo-hocje? If so, the
movement was a memorable one, and 1
the haxard quite worth while. He had !
gained no! he had gained nothing, j
He had been the fool of his own :
wlshee. No one, let alone Brother-'
son, coald have mistaken his face for
that of a woman. He had forgotten !
hie newly -crown beard. Some other!
Author of "The Leavenworth Case,"
'The Filigree Ball," "The House ot
the Whispering Pines."
C. W. Rosser
cuuse must be found for the other's
attitude. It savored of shock, if net
feir. If it were fear, thn bad he
roused an emotion nhicb rcieht re
bound upon himself in sharp reprisal.
Death had ben known to strike
people standing where he stood; mys
terious death of a species quite unrec
ognizable. V'hat werrarty had he
that it would not strike him, and now?
Yet it was Broiher?on who moved
first. With a shru of the shoulder
plaialy visible to the man opposite,
be tnrned away from th? window and
without lov.-erin 'he shade, be?an
gathering up his papers for the night,
and later banking up his stove with
Sweetwater, with a breath of decid
ed relief, stepped back and threw him
self on the bed. It had really been a
trial for him to stand there under the
other's eye, though his mind refused
to formulate his fear, or to give him
any satisfaction when he acted him
self what there was in the situation
suggestive of death to- t'ae woman or
harm to himself.
Nor did morning lip'..' brjng coun
sel, as is usual in similar cases. He
felt the mystery more in the hubbub
and restless turmoil of the day than
in the night's silence and Inactivity.
He was giad when the stroke of six
gave bim an excuse to leave the room.
At hair past six he found the jani
tor. He was, to all appearance, in a
state of great excitement and he
spoke very fast.
"I won't stay another night in that
Eleven o'clock! Twelve o'clock! No :
Change on Brothersor.'s Part. j
room," be loudly declared. brenkii. I
In wh-re the family v.ri eating
breakfast b." i;'int.I:?hr. "I don't
want to make ary tr-ni!e and I
don't want to giv. my reasons; but
that room don't suit inc. I'd rather :
take the dark one you talkud about
yesterday. There's tiie money. ITuve
my things moved today, w:!i ye?"
'Hut your niovi-.ir out af'er on'1
night's stay will giv, li-.t roum a bad
name," Etanutiroj the janitor, rising
awkwardly. 'TIino'il be talk and I
won't be able to if.t that room a!l wia
ter." "Nonsense! Kvery man haFn't the
nerves I have. You'll let it in a week.
But let or no let, I'm going front Into
the little dark room. I'll jtet the boFS
to let me off at half past four. So
He waited for no reply and got
none; but when he appeared prompt
ly at a quarter to f. ve, he found his
few belongings moved into a middle
room on the fourth floor of the front
buiidln?, which. oddly perhaps,
chanced to be rest dror to the one he,
had held under wa--h the night be
fore. The first page of his adventure in
the Hicks street tenement had been
turned, and be wa3 ready to start
In Which a Book Playa a Leading Part.
When Mr. Brotlierson came in that
night, he cotictd that the door of the
room adjoining his own stood open.
He did not hesitate. Making immedi
ately for it, he took a slance inside,
then spoke up with a ringing intona
tion: "Halloo! eoming to live in this
The ocenpant a yoong man, evi
dently a workman and somewhat sick
ly if one could Judge from his com
plexion turned around from some
tinkering he was tnjraped in and met
the intruder fairly, face to face.
"Ye. tli:s is to be n:y castle. Are
you the owner of the buiidinpg? If
"I am not the owner. I live next
door. Haven't I teen you before,
"If you co up Henry street it's like
ly enough that you've soen me not
once, bjt many timra. I'm the fellow
who works at the bench next the win
dow in Schuper's repairing Ebrp. Ev
erybody knows mo."
"I've seen you. I've pcen you some-w-Lere
els than in Sthuper's shop.
Io you remember n;c?"
"No, sir; I'm sorry to be imperiite
but I don't remember ycu at til.
Won't you sit down? If not try
cheerful, tut I'm so glad to get out of
the room I was ia Itt nitiit that th.s
looks til ripht to me. Back there,
other building." he wb!pered. "I
didn't know, and took the room which
had a window in it; b;;t " The stop
w.-s slrrificu..:: so was his smile.
'hich hJ i touch of sickllitsa ia Iz.
1771 R?5 ;
as well as humor.
was not to be
"I saw you," said he. "You were
standing In the window overlooking
the court. You were not sleeping
then. I suppose you know that a
woman died in that room?"
"Yes; they told me so this morn
ing" "Was that the first vou'd heard of
"Sure!" The word almost jumped
at the questioner. "Do you suppose
I'd have taken the room If "
But here the intruder, with a dis
dainful grunt, turned and went out!
disgust in every feature plain, un-i
mlstakable, downright disgust, and
nothing more! j
This was what gave Sweetwater;
his second bad night; this and a cer-!
tain discovery he made. He had count
ed on hearing what went on in the
neighboring room through the parti-:
tion running bach of his own closet. '
But he could hear nothing, unless it ,
was the shutting dow n of a window, :
a loud sneeae, or the rattling of coals :
as they were put on the fire. And
these possessed no significance. What :
he wanted was to catch the secret i
sigh, the muttered word, the involun- j
tary movement. He was too far re- '
moved from this man still.
How should he manage to get near !
er him at the door of his mind of;
his heart? Sweetwater stared all
night from his miserable cot into the
darkness of that separating closet, !
and with no result. His task looked,
hopeless; no wonder that he could get
Next morning he felt ill, but he rose
all the same, and tried to get his own
breakfast. He had but partially suc
ceeded and was sitting on the edge of
his bed In wretched discomfort, when
the very man he was thinking of ap ,
pared at his door.
"I've come to see how you are," .
said Brotherson. "I noticed that you
didn't look well last night. Won't you
come In and share my pot of coffee?"
"I I cant eat," mumbled Sweet-'
water, for once in his life thrown ;
completely off his balance. "You're
very kind, but I'll manage all right. 1
I'd rather. I'm not quite dressed, you '
see, aed I must get to the shop." ;
Then he thought "What an oppor-'
tunity I'm losing. Have I any right
to turn tail because he plays his game :
from the outset with trumps? No,
I've a small trump eomewhere about
me to lay on this trick. It isn't an ,
ace, but it'll show I'm not chicane."
Ar.fl smiiirg, though not with bis
nsL-! cb'; rfulness, Sweetwater added,
"Is the ccffrp all made? I might take
a drop of that. Tiut you mustn't ask
me to eat I just couldn't."
"Yes. th coffee is made and it isn't
bad either. You'd better put on your
coat; the hall's draughty." And wait- ;
ing till Swe water did so, he led the
way back to his own room. Brother-,
son's manner expressed perfect ease.
Sweetwater's not. lie knew himself!
c'ua:iped in looks, In bearing, in feel-l
inr. 'ven; but was he changed enough j
to deceive this man on the very spotj
w here they had confronted each other !
a fev days before in a keen moral
"I'm going out myself today, so'
we'll have to hurry a bit," was Broth !
erson's first rn,ark as they seated i
i.iviu.-r-iw-s a; mule, no you lite your
cfiTee plain or with milk in It?"
'fJ!ain. Cosh! what pictures! '
u '"'"' ,;-J "i get 'em t You must J
hr.vn a lot of coin." Sweetwater wr-.s 1
staring nt the row of photographs,
mosi !y of a very high order, tacked
alo:i the wall separating the tv,o ;
room?. Th. y were unfrained, hut they!
wre Mostly copies cf srent pictures,:
and the effort wrs rather imposing in !
contranr. to the shabby furniture and j
the otherwise homely fittings. j
i cp, I ve enough for that kind of I
irv.ng, was his host's roulv. But the
tone was reserved, and Sweetwater1
did not presume again along this line, j
Instead, he looked well at the books
ri'' d upon the shelves under these j
photographs, and wondered aloud at
their number and at the man who
could wr.te such a lot of time in read
ing them. But he made no more di-'
rect remarks. f
Vet there wa3 one cheerful moment. I
It waa when be noticed the careless !
way in w hich those books were ar- j
ranged upon their shelves An idea j
had come to him. He hid his relief
in his cup, as he drained the last '
drops of the coffee, which really j
tasted better than he expected. !
When he returned from work that !
nfternoon It waa w irh an auger under i
his coat and a conviction which led !
him to empty out tha contents of a
small phial which he took down from
a shelf. He had toid Mr. Gryce that
he was eager for the business because
of its difficulties, but that waa when
he was feeling fine and up to any
game w hlch might come his way. Now
he felt weak and easily discouraged.
This wonld not do. He must regain
his health at all hazards, so he poured i
out the mixture which had given him ;
such a sickly air. This done and a '
rude supper eaten, he took np his 1
auger. He had heard Mr. Brother-!
son's 6tep go by. But next minute j
he laid it down again in great haste 1
and flung a newspaper over it. Mr.
Brotherson was coming back, had '
stopped at his door, had knocked and ,
must be let in. ;
"You're better this evening," he
heard in those kindly tones which so i
confused and Irritated him.
"Y"a" was the surly admission.
Then Mr. Brotherson passed on, and :
Sweetwater listened till he was sure '
that his too attentive neighbor had :
really gone down the three flights
between him and the street. Then he '
took up his auger again and shut
himself op in his closet.
There was nothing peculiar about
this closet. It was just an ordinary
one with drawers and shelves on one
side, and an open space on the other
for the hanging np of clothes. Very
few clothes hung there at present; I
hut it was In this portion of the closet
that he stopped and began to try the
wall of Brotherson's room, with the
tut end of the tool he carried.
Ti:e sound sem?d to satisfy him, :
for very oon he was boring a cole i
at a point exactly level with his ear. i
iseat as well as useful." was the
gay comment with which Sweetwater
surveyed his work, then laid his ear
to the hole. "Whereas previously he
could barely hear the rattling of coals
from the coal-scuttle, he was now able
to catch the sound of an ssb falling
Into the ash-pit.
His next move was to test the depth
of the partition by inserting his finger
in the hole he made. He found It
stopped by some obstacle before it
had reached half its length, and anx
ious to satisfy himself of the nature
of the obstacle, he gently fcioved the
tip of his finger to and fro over what
was certainly the edge of a book.
This proved that his calculations
had been correct and that the open
ing so accessible on his side, was
completely veiled on the other by the
books he had seen packed on the
shelves. He had even been careful
to assure himself that all the vol
umes at this exact point etood far
enough forward to afford room behind
them for the chips and plaster he
must necessarily push through with
his auger, and also Important consid
eration for the free passage of the
sounds by which he hoped to profit.
But it waa days before he could
trust himself so far. Meanwhile their
acquaintance ripened, though with no
very satisfactory results. The deteo
tlve found himself led Into telling sto
ries of his early home-lire to keep
pace with the man who always had
something of moment and solid In
terest to impart. This was undesir
able, for Instead of calling out a cor
responding confidence from Brother
son, it only seemed to make his con
versation more coldly Impersonal.
In consequence, Sweetwater sudden
ly found himself quite well and one
evening, when he was sure that his
neighbor was at home, he slid softly
into his closet and laid his ear to the
opening he had made there. The re
sult was unexpected. Mr. Brotherson
was pacing the floor, and talking soft
ly to himself.
, At first, the cadence and full mu
sic of the tones conveyed nothing to
our far from literary detective. Tho
victim of his secret machinations was
expressing himself in words, worde
that was the point which counted
with him. But as he listened longer
and gradually took In the senso of
This Proved That His Calculations
Had Been Correct.
these words, his heart went down
lower and lower till it reached hid
booty. His inscrutable and over dis
appointing iTighljor was not indulg
ing in self-eonniiiink'gH of any kind.
He was reciting poetry, and what was
worse, poetry which li" only half re
membered and was trying to recall
au incredible occupation for a man
weighted with a criminal secret.
Sweetwater yvat d:sgusiedt and was
withdrawing in high indignation fioin
his vantage-point when boinc-tiitn oc
curred of a startling enough nature to
hold him where he was in almost
The hole which in the darkness of
the closet was always faintly visible,
even when the light was not very
strong in the adjoining room, had
suddenly become a bright and shining
loop-hole, with a suggestion of move
meat in tin- space beyond. The book
which had hid this hole on Brother
son's side had been taken down the
one book in all those hundreds whoaa
removal threatened Sweetwater's
schemes, if not himself.
For an instant the thwarted detec
tive listened for the angry thout or
the smothered oath which would nat
urally follow the discovery by Broth-,
erson of this attempted Interference
w-ith his privacy.
But all was still on his side of the
wall. A rustling of leaven could be
heard, as tha Inventor searched for
the poem he wanted, but nothing
more. In withdrawing the book, he
had failed to notice the bole In the
plaster back of It. But he could hard
ly fail to see it when he came to put
the book bock. Meantime, suspense
It was several minuUs before he
beard Mr. Brotherson's voice again,
then it was ia triumphant repetition
of the lins which had escaped his
memory. They were great words
surely and Sweetwater never forgot '
them, but the impression which they !
made upon his mind, an impression so 1
forcible that he was able to repeat :
them, months afterward to Mr. Gryce,
did not prevent him from noting the
tone in which they were uttered, nor i
the thud which followed as the book
was thrown down upon the floor.
"Fool!" The word rang out in bit
ter irony from his irate neighbor's
lips. "What does he know of woman?
Woman! Let him court a rich one
and Bee but that's all over and done
with. No more harping on that string, :
and no more reading of poetry. I'll '
never" The rest was lost In his
throat and was quite unintelligible to
the anxious listener.
Self-revealing word., which an In
stant before would have aroused
Sweetwater's deepest interest! But
they had suddenly lost all force for
tee nnhappy listener. The sight t.t
that hola stLJ Ehippy Lxiojaxlv bexara '
l " I ;
m tea teas
H. E. C A STEEL, M. S. HEAGY, H. B. SIMMON,
President. Vice President. Cashier.
With The Good Resolution
To Make More and To Save More
Open an accountlin this con
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dollars regularly each week or
each month at 4 per cent com
pounded semi-annually, and
you'll find that when the next
New Year rolls around you'll
have a good sum stored away.
Make Our Bank Your Bank
Central Trust and Savings Bank
ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS
Southwest corner Second avenue and Eighteenth street. "
bis eyes had distracted his though a
and roused his liveliest apprehensions.
If that book should be allowed to lie
where it had fallen, then he was in
for a period of uncertainty he shrank
from contenifl.-iting. Any moment his
neighbor mi?ht look up and catch
sight of this hole bored in tho backing
of the shelves before him. Could the
man who had been guilty of submit
ting him to th'.s outrage stand tha
strain of waiting indefinitely for tha
moment of discovery? He doubted it.
If the suspense lasted too long.
Shifting his, position, he placed his
eye where his ear had been. Ha could
see very little. The space before him.
limited ns it waa to the width of tha
one volume withdrawn, precluded his
seeing aulit by what lay directly
before him. Happily, it was in this
narrow line of vision that Mr. Broth
erson stood. He had resumed work
tipon his model and was so placed
that while his face was not visible,
his hands were, and as Sweetwater
watched those hands and noticed tha
delicacy of their manipulation, he was
enough of a workman to realize that
work so fine called for an undivided
attention, lie need net fear the gane
shifting, while those hands moved as
warily as they did now.
Relieved for tho moment, he left
his post and, sitting down on the edge
of his cot, gave himself up to thought.
Suddenly he started upright. Hf
would go meet, his fate lie present
In the room itself when the discovery
was made which threatened to upset
all his plans. He was not ashamed
of his culling, and Brotherson would
think twice before attacking him when
once convinced that he bad tho de
partment back of him.
"Excuse me, conii-ad:," were the
words with which he endeavored to
nccount for his presence at Broth
erson's door. ' My lamp smells so,
und I've made such a mess of my
work today that I've jiut stepped in
for a chat. Tf I'm not wanted, say so.
I'd like a big room like this, and a lot
of books, and and pictures."
"Look at them, then. I like to see
a man interested In books. Only, I
thought if you knew how to handle
wire, I would get you to hold this end
while I work with the other."
"I guess I know enough for that,"
was Sweetwater's gay rejoindar. But
when he felt that communicating wire
In his hand and experienced for the
first time the full influence of tho
other's eye, it took all his hardihood
to hide the hypnotic thrill It gave
him. Ha found himself gazing long
end earnestly at this man's hand, and
wondering If daUi l.iy undur it. It
was a strong hand, a deft, clean-cut
member, formed to respond to tho
slighe-jt hint from the powerful brain
controlling it. Hut was this its whole
story. Had be said ail when ho had
FaBclnated Ly thr question, Sweet
water died a hundred deatna In hia
awakened fancy, as he followed the
sharp, short instructions which feil
with cool precision from the other's
lips. A hundred deaths. I say, but
with no betrayal of his folly. ' The
anxiety he showed waa that of one
eager to please, which may explain
why on the conclusion of his task,
Mr. Brotherson gave him ono of his
infrequent smiles and remarked, as
he buried the mode! und-r its cov
er, "You're handy and you're quit at
your Job. Who knows bur. wi:at I shall
want you again. Will you come if 1
"Won't I?" was the gay retort, as
the dV-tective, ti.us relonsed, stooped
for the book still lying on the Jioor
"Paolo and Francesca," te read, frrra
the back, as he laid It on the' tabic
"Poetry?" he queried.
"Rot," scornfully returned the. oth
er, as he moved to take down a bot
tle and some glasses from a cupboard
let into another portion of tho wall.
Sweetwater, taking advantage of the
moment, sidled towards the thr-11
where that empty space still gr.prd
with the telltale hole at the back.
He cou!d easily have replaced the
missing bcok before Mr. Brotherson
turned. But the issue wa3 too doubt
fuL He was dealing with no absent
minded fool, and It behooved him tc
avoid above all things calling atten
tion to tho book or to the Vir.e on the
fch&II aWra it iiAioiur&U.. ,
But there was one thing he couio
do and did. Reaching out a finger aa
deft as Brotherson's own, he pushed
second volume into the place of the
one that was gone. This veiled th
augerhole completely; a fact which
so entirely relieved his mind that hi
old smile came back like sunshine tc
his lips, and it waa only by a distinct
e.Tort that he kept the dancing humot
from his eyes as ho prepared to re
fuse tho glass which Brotherson now
"None of that!" said be. "You
mustn't tempt me. The doctor has
shut down on all kinds of spirits fof
two months more, at least But don'l
let me binder you. I can bear to
smell the stuff. My turn will coma
again some day."
But Brotherson did not drink. Set
ting down the glass he carried, hs
took up the book lying near, weighed
it in his hand and laid it down again,
with an air of thoughtful inquiry.
Then he suddenly pushed it towards
Sweetwater. "Do you want it?" he
Sweetwater was too taken aback to
answer immediately. This was a move
he did not understand. Want it, be?
What he wanted was to see It put
back in its place on tho shelf. Did
Brotherson suspect this? The sup
position was incredible; yet who
could read a mind so mysterious?
Sweetwater, debating the subject,
decided that the risk of adding to any
siKh possible suspicion was less to be
dreaded than the continued threat
offered by that unoccupied space so
near tho hole which testified so un
mistakably of the means he had taken
to spy npon this suspected man's
privacy. So, after a moment of awk
ward silence, not out of keeping with
the character he had assumed, ha
calmly refused the present as he had
Vnhappily he was not rewarded by
seeing tha despised volume restored
to lis thelf. It still lay where Its own
er had pushed It, when, with soma
awkwardly muttered thanks, the dis
comfited detective withdrew to hla
(To be Continued.)
Like All the Rett.
Transient Uue.-,t I never saw sneh a
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house. Old Itoiirder Yes. Did you
notice that even the milk iu sour? Ex
change. Good Idea.
Mrs Yeast I just iove to shut my
eyes and think. Mr. Yeast Why don't
you try Unit with your mouth some
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