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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13. 1913.
By GEORGE BARR M'CUTCHEOH
Cop rtcfit by Dodd. Mead & Co.
money? RefCIy. I'm terribly nervous.
But be won't dare say anything, will
he? He is as guilty as I, for he took
!t. Oe took ft knowing that you were
free at the time. But we will talk It
over tomorrow. Tre Just got back to
the hotel. 1 wouldn't go to bed until
I Edith brought me up to hear your dear
voice. I am so glad you are not dead.
more vilo than that from which they It Is Impossible to release you tonight
had generously released him. He real- Those wretches bare the key. How I
lzod that it would be unwise to create loathe them! Edith says the hotel Is
n disturbance In the house by clamor- j wild with gossip about everything and
In iC for freedom, because. In the first i everybody. It's Just awful. Be of good
Tht Prodigal Husband.
LEE unlucky Brock, wild with
race and chagrin, had paced
his temporary prison In the top
story of the Tirol from 11
o'clock till 2. bitterly cursing the fools
who were keeping him In durance
rlne, there alrcndy had been scandal
enough, anil In the second place, his
fllstrustful bondsmen hnd promised
faithfully to Bwk out the devoted Con
nie and apprise her of his release. He
bad no thought, of course, that in the
meantime she might bo dupedjnto pay
ing a bribe to the guard.
Not on'y was he dlrefr.Ily cursing the
trio, but also the addlepated Medcroft
end his own nddlepated self.- It Is to
t f"nrod that he had harsh thoughts
of all the MedTofts. as far down as
Itaezles. Ills dream of love and hap
rinrs had turned Into a nightmare:
the comedy hnd become a tragic snarl
of all the effects known to melodrama.
It occurred f him at 2 oVilock that
fncing the floor in the agony of sus
pense was a very useless occupation.
He would co to bed. Mining would
ri!rc relief and surcease to his trou
bled mind Cortnnce was doubtless
sound asleep in her room. Everything
iwould have been explained to her long
liefore this hour. She would under
?er.d. Fo. with the return of his old
nophlstry, he undressed nud crawled
Into the strange bed Somehow he
did not l!!:e It as well as the cot in
the bulcotiy below.
heart, my beloved. I will be your
faithful slave until death.' With love
and adoration and kisses. Your own
"P. 8. Bozbury has not made a sign.
Edith is frantic."
Several floors below the relieved and
ecstatic Brock. Mrs. Medcroft was
soon urging her sister to go to bed
and let tha story go until daylight.
Bbe persisted in telling all that she
bad done and all that she bad endured.
front ber with charges. It had occur
red to ber that he might, after nlL have
tricked her into committing a crime
gainst the government. '
It was quite noticeable that Mrs.
Rodney and Katberine did not speak
to the Medcroft contingent In fact,
they ignored them quite completely.
Mrs. Rodney was very pale and very
deeply distressed- She cast many
glances at the red eyed and sheepish
Mr. Rodney glances that meant much
to the further torture of his soul.
"I am sorry to inform you, Herr Rod
ney, that the rooms which you now oc
cupy and those of your friends are no
longer at your disposal. They have
been engaged for from some time this
day by a"
"Look here," interrupted Odell-Carney
bluntly, "if you mean that we are
not wanted here any longer, why not j matter, my wife may have something
... . . . I,
files ana genuemen, permit me to In
troduce Mr. Roxbury Medcroft, niy
friend and fellow conspirator. He is i
the husband of this lady, not I. I am i
to be the husband of this lady, thank i
There was a moment of absolute si-1
lence it may have been stupor. The
two audiences faced each other with
emotions widely at variance. It was
Mrs. Rodney who spoke first
"Is this true. Edith?" she quavered.
"Yes, yes, yes!" cried Edith, her eyes
"Then, what are you doing here with
a man who Isn't your husband?" de
manded Mrs. Rodney, suddenly aflame.
"I can explain everything to you
later on, Mrs. Rodney," Interposed Mrs.
Odell-Carney calmly. She had divined
at least a rortlon of the truth, and
she was clever enough to put herself
on the right side. Edith cast an Invol
untary look of surprise at the English
woman. "I have known everything
from the first Mrs. Medcroft and I
are closer friends than you may have
thought" She gave Edith a meaning
look and a moment later was whisper
ing to-her in a private corner of the
private office: "My dear, I don't know
what it means, but you must tell me
everything as soon as possible. I am
your friend. Whatever it all Is, it's j
Medcroft finally waved every one
aside "in the most degage manner
"Don't crowd me! Hang it all, I'm
not a curiosity. There Isn't anything
to go crazy about My friend, Mr.
Brock, has Just done me a trifling fa
vor. That's alL The whole story will
be in the London papers this morning.
Buy 'em. I'm going np to my wife's
room to 6ee my baby. I'll come do"wn
and explain everything when I've had
a bit of a breathing spoil. It's annoy
ing to have had this fuss about a sim
ple little matter of generosity on tho
part of my friend, who. I've no doubt,
has been a most exemplary husband.
I'll see to If. by Gad, that he receives
the proper apologies. And. for that
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say so? Don't lie about it We are
leaving today, in any event, so wot's
the odds? Now, come down to facts.
Why are we summoned here like a
'We must never let blra know that j crowd of school children?"
we actually gave that wretch nearly j The manager looked at Mr. Githens
$2,.r00, Edith. He would never forgive j and then at the police officer.
us. I admit that I was a fool and a
ninny, so don't tell me I am. I can
see by the way you are looking that
you're Just crazy to. It's all Roxbury's
fault, anyway. Why should he pet
up and make a speech in London with
out letting as know? Just see how it
has placed us! I think Mr. Brock is
on angel to do what he has done for
you and Roxbury. Yes. my dear, you
will have to confess that Koxbury is n
brute a perfect brute. I'm sure., if
jon have a spark of fairness In you.
you must hate him. No. no! Don't
say anything, Edith. You know I'm
"I'm not going to sny anything." de-
Just ns be was dropping off Into the
long delayed sl'imbcr, he heard a light j flared Edith angrily
tapping nt his door. He sat up in bed , nctl
lil.e n flish. t!ori:;h'y wide awake.
The nipping wa repeated,
nut in i-autious ton's, ask It
"Ahem! It seemsthat Herr Grab
hetz of the police department desires
to ask some questions of your party in
my presence. You will understand, sir,
that the hotel has been imposed upon
by by these people. It seems, also,
that the bank Insists upon having some
light thrown upon the methods by
which Mrs. Medcroft . secures money
on her letter of credit"
"You are welcome to all that, sir,"
declared Mr. Odell-Carney, "but I am
interested to know Just why my wife
and I are brought into this affair."
"Because you are guests of Mr. Rod
ney, sir, I regret to state. We have no
complaint against you. sir. You are
I'm going to; well known here. The the others are
I not. They are what you call it?
'Edith, if you don't mind. doar. I j Humbugs! It may be that they also
ITe called j think I'll sV-ep with you " After a mo- ' have swindled you!"
who was I m.Tit of deep reflection she added I Mr. Rodney at this poict leaned t
there, nt the sntne time slipping from plaintively: "There is so much that I j his feet and rushed over to shake his
led to fumble in the darkners for his i just have to toll you. deary. It It ! fist lu the face cf the Insulting hotel
clothes. , won't keep till drylijilit." i man. But Edith Medcroft arose sud-
"'Shi" enne frrm the hallway ITe
rushed over Mid put his e.".r ti the
d'or. "It Is I. Are you a wake? I
rn'j't stay li-to. It's wrons Listen.
ITere's a note under tin- door Goad
elicit, darling! I'm heartbroken."
"Thank G'd. It's you!" he cried soft
ly. "How 1 love you. Conetance!"
Edith is with m?! Oh. I
!b it were timming ar.d I could see
you. I have so much to sny."
. not her querulous pc broke in:
"For heaven's :tke. Connie, don't
stnnl here any longer. Our reputa
tions are br,'l enough as It is Good
right Iloxbury !" He distinctly heard
tl.e hrnrtless Edith gig;le Then came
t':e soft, quick swNh of garments and
the iifictsirnnl visitors were gone. He
picked up the envelope and. waiting
fttll they wero safely down the hall,
turned on the light.
"Ii-aresf." he rend. "It was not my
fmit nnd I know it was not yours.
I'vt. oh. you don't know how I suffer-
Bright and early In the morning the deuly like a tragedy queen and spoke,
tired, harassed night farers v.Lre rout- j her clear, determined voice stilling the
ed from their rooms by a demand from : turbulent spirit of her outraged host
the management of the hotel that they ; "One moment, please." she said.
; appear forthwith in the private office, j "This all can be satisfactorily explain
j This order included every member of ! ed. No wrong has been done. It will
J Mr. Rodney's party, excepting the J ail be cleared tip in time. We' -I
Medcroft baby. Considerably distress- j "In time?' interrupted the manager,
j ed and very much concerned over the "Madam, this is the time. You are
i probable outcome of the conference, here with a man who is not vour hus-
; the Rodney forces made their way to band, yet who purports to be such."
j the offices not altogether in an open j "It may throw some light on the
fashion, but by humiliatirgiy uousual matter If ! announce that the gentle
avenues. The Rodney family camel man in question Is my athanced hus
down the back stairs. Brock was sol- ? band." It was Miss Fowler who spoke,
emnly ushered through the public of- j Every one stared at her cs she moved
nV$ by Mr. Odell-Carney and Freddie over to Brock's side,
t'l.-iervelt It is not stretching the "If you will look in the office you
truth to say that they were sour and I will find a telegram there for me,"
sullen, but. as may be suspected, from j went on Mrs. Medcroft pale, but abao
peculiarly different causes At last j lutely confident The manager called
all were congregated In the stuffy of- out through the door. Absolute silence
to say about the outrage that has been
"When did you arrive, old man?"
"Last night on the 12:10. I register
ed as Smith. It was so late that I
decided not to disturb Edith. They
said in the office that you'd gone to
bed. Brock. Now that I recall it.
they said It In a very odd way too
In fact one of the clerks asked If I
had It in for you too."
"You were hero all night?" murmur
ed Constance in plaintive misery.
"Well, not precisely nil night. Con
nie. Half of It" replied Roxhur;.
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lice, very much subdued and
much at ojtfs with each other. Mr. I "No telegram for Mrs. Medcroft Inst
(Jithens was there. Likewise the gen-1 night or todav." announced the man-
el sll through thoe hours of waifng i tleruan from the back and a protni- j ager sternly as be glanced through the
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pi u.- i.ia'. i uv (tin lii'i nun uitr
t after '2 They were drunk They po ice
tried to explain What (! you think Miss Fowler g'aneed about uneasily
and was relieved to discover that her
treacherous J::i'er was t V there to con
the authorities wi'l do to me if they
f r.d that 1 gae that horrid man bribe
very reigned while the reply was awaited.
nent person from the department of slim buncfc of bine envelopes. "There
are four here for a Mr. Brock, who has
not yet arrived in"
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"BrocWl" shouted three voices In one.
. A tall man. forgetting his English
i and his eyeglass, sprang forward and
! grabbed tBe tcleirrama from the min-
ager's hand. "Holy mackerel! Give
'em here.'" he shouted. Two eager,
beautiful young women were hanging
i to his elbows as be ruthlessly broke
one of the seals. "The chump! It's
from Rox! They're all from Rox and
they are two or three days oldi"
Just then the unexpected happened.
The Real Roxbury Medcroft Stepped
Into the Room.
"Brock, you ass.J telegraphed yon 1
wes coming and asked you to meet me
at the station. I telegraphed twico
from London and"
"Don't call me an ass," grated
Brock. "Why didn't you send 'em to
mc as Medcroft? I haven't been Brock
until this very morning."
" Ton my soul. Brock, It was rather i
etupid of me," he confessed sheepish,
ly. "But, you see." with an inspired
6mile. "one of em was to congratulate
you on winning Connie. By Jove, yon
.know, I couldn't very well address
that one to myself."
"But but he hrfdn't w-on me," stam
mered Constance Kowler.
"Edith." said Uoxbury, deep reproach
in nis voice, "you wrote me that a
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The office door opened with a bang, j ".eek a0-" . Edith merely squeezed his
: anrj the real Roxbury Medcroft step-
j ped Into the room. He baited Just In
Odell-Carney came forward and ex-
' ide the door and looked about in mo- i tended his hand. ."Permit me to intro-
mentary bewilderment. ; duce myself, eir. I am George Odell-
"This Is a private" began the man-
I iger, stepping forward. A flying fig
j ure sped past him; a delighted little
j shriek rang In his ears. He saw Edith
! Medcroft burl herself into the arms of
j ber own husband. At the same mo
' ment Brock bounded across the room
! and pounced eagerly upon the welcome
! "Thl is my husbandr cried Edith,
! triumph In ber voice, tears In ber eyes.
"Xow, what have you to Bay?"'
What 7 A not hi' Husband.
IT was a perfectly natural, but not
an especially obvious question.
The little mansger threw np bis
hands and cried out in a cad
mixture of French, English and Hel
vetian: "What? Mother husband? Madam,
how many more do yon propose to in
flict cs with? We cannot allow It!
The management will not permit you
to change husbands the Instant a new
guest arrives in the bouse. It Is Dot
to be beard of no. no!'
"Are you afraid that the books won't
balance?" asked Brock, with a joyous
grin, a great load off h'.s heart. Xa-
ore to serve you without knowing you.
In my catalogue of personalities you
have posed intermittently as a dem
med bounder, a deceived husband, a
betrayed lover, a successful lover and
lot of otber things I can't Just cow
recall. Acting on the presumption that
you might have been a friend In dis
tress, I worked bard in your Interest
Now I discover, to my gratification,
you are a perfect stranger, whom I
am proud to meet Termlt me to offer
my warmest felicitations and to as
sure you that Mr. Brock will make a
splendid brother-in-law." He hesitat
ed a moment and then went on: "So
yon are the chap that really put In
those c'nfended memorial windows.
'Pon me word. sir. they are -the rot
tenesf "Carney!" came the sharp reminder
from bis wife.
"I should have said." revised Mr.
Odell-Carney. "you are the chap who
played the deuce with the building
grafters in the county council. Be
markabler "Yes," said Roxbury. striving to
srasp something of the situation as It
appeared to the other. "We beat them.
The bill Is lost It will never go to
the council. .The subcommittee jvL.
not recommend It." Thanks, Brook,' old
man. Vou have saved London a good
many millions, I daresay. It was you
who did It after all."
Before noon the hotel was agog with
the full details of the remarkable sto
ry. Cabled dispatches In the newspa
pers gave the gist of the clever trick
played by the Medcrofts, and the whole
of England was to ring with the stories
of Mrs. Medcroft's pluck and devotion.
The management of the Tirol implor
ed the Medcrofts to remain forever!
The bank and the police were profuse
In apologies and explanations, and Mr.
Githens departed by the first train.
Freddie Ulstervelt, killing two birds
with one stone, arranged a splendid
dinner for that night in honor of the
prodigal husband of Edith and also in
open compliment to the vivacious
Mile. Le Brun.
Later In the day it occurred to him
that be might Just as well kill three
birds as two, so be planned to an
nounce the betrothal of Miss Howler
and Mr. Brock, the wedding to take
place a fortnight hence in Mayfair.
The Rodneys were Invited to "stop
over" for the spread. It Is left fox the
reader to supply the answer to this
Did they stop over?
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tant, general. Captain Thomas H.
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