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"SANFORD QUEST, CRIMINOLO.
The young man from the West had
arrived In New York only that titer
noon, and hla cousin, town born and
bred, bad already embarked upon tbe
task of showing him the grea' city.
They occupied a table In a somewhat
insignificant corner of one of New
York's most famous roof garden res
taurants. The place was crowded
with diners. There were many nota
bilities to be pointed out. The town
young man was very busy.
"Tell me," the country cousin in
quired, "who ls the man at a tabl'j by
himself? The weitere speak to him
as though he were a little god. Ia he
a millionaire, or a judge, or what?"
"You're in luck, Alfred." the New
Yorker declared. "That's the most in
teresting man in New York-one of
the most interesting in the world.
That's Sanford Quest."..
"Sanford Quest- is the greatest mas
ter in criminology the world has ever
known. Ile ls a magician, a scientist,
the Pierpont Morgan of his profes
"Say, do you mean that he ia a de
"Yes," he said simply, "you can call
him that-juat in the same way that
you could call Napoleon a soldier or
Lincoln a statesman. He ls a detec
tive, if you like to carl bim that, the
master detective In the world."
When Sanford QueBt entered his
house an hour'later be glanced Into
two of the rooms cn the ground floor,
In which telegraph and telephone op
erators sat at their instruments.
Then, by means of a small lift, h? aa*
cended to tho top story and entered
a large apartment wrapped In gloom
until, as he crossed th? threshold, he
touched the switches of the electric
lights. One realised then that this
was a man of taste. Quest drew np
an easy ehalr to the wide-flung win
dow, touching a ball as ha creased the
room. In a few moments the door waa
opened and closed noiselessly. A
young woman enterad with a bundle
Tho criminologist glanced through
the papara quiekir- "No- farther BK
She lett the room almost noiselessly.
"THE TENEMENT HOUSE MYS
"This habit of becoming late for
breakfast." Lady Ashleigh remarked,
as she sat down the coffee pot, "ls
growing -upon your father. Any news,
Ella glanced up from a pile of cor*
respondence through which she had
been looking a.little negligently.
"None at all, mother. My corre*
spondence ls just the usual sort of rub
bish-Invitations and gosaip. Such a
lot of invitations, by the bye."
"At your age," Lady,Ashleigh de
clared, "that Ia the sort pf correspond
ence which you should find interest
"You know I am net like that, mc th
ar," she protested. "My music ls rea*ly (
. the only, part of life which absolutely i
appeals to ma Oh, why doesn't Dela
rey make np his mihd and let father
know, as he promised! . . y?Here
comes daddy, mum"
Lord Ashleigh loitered for a mo
ment to raise the covers from the
dishes upon a eldo table. Afterwards
he seated himself at the tabla.
"I heard thia morning." he ssid,
"from your friend Dela rey, Ella. He
went into th* matter very fully. ? The
substance of lt ls that for tba first
year of your musical training he ad
vises Now York.
"I have not finished yet Thia cable
gram," he want on, drawing a little
?lip of blue paper from his pocket,
"waa brought to me this morning-".
He smoothed lt out before him and
To kord Ajshl?l?b, Hamelin Koos?. Dor
set, England: ? find a magnifle?nt pro
a-ram arranged for at Metropolitan Opera
hausa thia JfafttV Have taken box for
your daughter, engagea the beat profes
sor, in the world, and secured an apart'
ant st tb? Leland, our most select and
nfortebU residential botet Understand
y?ur brother is still In louth America, re
tunupfc early apr?ag, bot win do our best
talanaka your qauthter*? year of ?toar aa
attisant aa- poMlMe. Advtee ber sall on
saturday b? Isa ure tania.
rS?n Saturday?" Vila almost
"I ahairfiow," Lord Ashleigh said,
'fefge yo? Ttd talk over and discuss
: thia matter fer the rest of the day.
' At dinner time tonight yea can ten ms
your dec!slrra, or rather wa will dla
cuss lt together."
' - -
"I am to take It, I believe." Lord
j Ashleigh hogan after dinner that eve?
! nlng. "that you save finally decided
; ?Ila. to embrace our trisad Detsroy't
! suggestion and to leave us Saturday?*
"ir you please." Ella mormurad
with glowing ayes.
"You will take y?vr own maid with
you, of couree," Lord Ashleigh contin
ued. "Lenora is a good girl and I am
sure she will look after you quite well,
but I have decided to supplement Le
nora's surveillance over your comfort
by aendlng with you, also, a sort of
courier and general attendant-whom
do you think? Well, Macdougal. He
has lived in New York for some yearB,
and you will doubtless find this a
great advantage, Ella."
Ella glanced over her shoulder at
the two servants who were standing
discreetly In the background. Her
eyes rested upon the pale, expression
less face of the man who during the
last few years had enjoyed her fa
For a moment a queer sense of ap
pro'.enslon troubled her. Was lt true,
she wondered, that she did not like the
man? She banished the thought al
most as soon aa it was oonce'.ved.
"You aro spoiling me, daddy." Ella
"If you think so now." ne remarked,
"I do not know what you wili say to
He laid upon the table a very fa
miliar morocco* case, stamped witta a
"Our diamonds!" Ella exclaimed.
"The Ashleigh diamonds!"
The necklace lay exposed to view,
tbe wonderful stones flashing in the
"In New York," Lord Ashleigh con
tinued, "it is the custom to wear Jew
elry in public more, even, than in this
country. Allow mel"
He leaned forward. With long, capa
ble fingers he fastened the necklace
around bis .daughter's neck.
"It Is our fsrewell present to you,"
Lord Ashleigh declared.
Ella, Impelled by some curious Im
pulse which she could not quite un
derstand, glanced quickly around to
where the manservant waa standing.
For once she saw something besides
"Our Dlamonda!" 8he Exclaimed. "The
the perfect automaton. Hts eyes, In
stead' of being fixed at the back of his
master's chair, were simply riveted
upon the stones. A.queer little feeling
of uneasiness disturbed Ells for the
i..cment. lt passed, however, ss in
glancing away her attention was once
more attracted by the sparkle of the
Jewels upon her bosom.
The streets of New York were cov
ered with a thin, powdery snow ss tbs
very Insurious car of Mrs. Dela rey
drew up outside the front of the. Le
land hotel. & little after midnight. Ells
leaned over and kissed her hostess.
"Thank you, dear, .ever so much,
for your delightful dinner," she ex
claimed, "and for bringing mo home.
Ab for tho mosto, welt I can't talk
about lt. I Om Just going upstairs
Into tty room to sit and think."
The car rolled off. Ella, a Iorgo
umbrella held over her head by tho
doorkeeper, stepped ap the little strip
of drugget which led,into the softly
warmed hall of the Leland. Behind
ter came her maid. Lenora, and Msc
dougal,'who had been riding on the
pox with the chauffeur. He paused
for a moment to wipe the snow from
bis clothes ss Elis crossed the hall to
tte left.' Lenora turned toward him.
Re whispered something In her esr.
For a moment she shook. Then she
t?rned away and followed her mis
Arrived in her apartment, Ells
threw herself with a little sigh of con
tent into a big easy-chair before the
oro add gave herself up for a few mo
A log ? stirred upon tah fire. She
leaned forward lastly to replace lt and
thea stopped short Exactly opposite
to her was a door which opened on
.to a back hall. It was used only by
the servants. ?u*t as she waa in tbs
act ci leaning forward Ella became
conseioae ot a curious hallucination.
"Lenora, como here at one*."
Tte maid harrie) la from tho next
room. EU? pointed to the door.
''Lenore, look outside. See lt sny
ono is on that landing. 1 fancied that
.the door opened."
Lenora crossed the room end tried
the handle. Then she turned toward?
her mistress in triumph.
"It is locked, my lady," she re
"Go down end ssk Macdougal to
come up. I am going to have this
Something of her mistress' agita
tion seemed to have become commu
nicated to Leeor A.
She welken quickly to the back part
of the hotel and ascended to the wing
In which the servants' quarters were
situated. Here she made ber way
along a corridor until she reached
Macdougall room. She knocked, snd
knocked again. There was no answer.
She tried the door and found it was
locked. Then she returned to the lift
and descended once more to the floor
upon which her mistress' apartments
T -re situated. She opened the door
ot the suite without knocking and
turned st once to the sitting room.
"I am sorry, my lady-" ahe began.
Then she stopped abort. The lift
boy, who bad had a little trouble with
his starting apparatus and had not as
yet descended, heard the scream
which broke from her Pps end a fire
man In an adjacent corridor ct>me run
ning up almost at the ?ame moment.
Lenora waa on her knees by her mis
tress' side. Ella was still lying in the
easy-chair in which she had been
seated, but her bead was thrown back
in an unnatural fashion. There was
a red mark JuBt across her throat.
Lenora shrieked, "She's fainted!
And the diamonds-the diamonds have
A doctor, hurriedly summoned, had
Just completed a hasty examination
when a police inspector, followed by a.
"This ls your affair, gentlemen, not
mine," the doctor said gravely. "The
young lady is dead. Sbe has been
cruelly strangled within the last five
or ten minutes."
The inspector made a careful exam
ination of the room.
"Tell me." he Inquired, "is this the
young lady who owned the wonderful
"They've gone!" Lenora shrieked.
"They've been stolen! She was wesr
lng them when I left the room!"
The inspector turned to tue .tele
"Mr. Msrsbsm," he said. "I am
afraid this will be a difficult affair. I
am going to take the liberty of calling
in an expert. That you, exchange? I
want number one. New Yor?: city
Mr. Sanford Quest."
There seemed to be nothing st sll
original In the methods pursued by
.tho great criminologist when con
fronted with this tableau of death and
robbery. His remarks to tho inspec
tor were few- end perfunctory. He
ssked only a few languid questions ot
Macdougal and Lenora, who were
summoned to his presence.
Macdougal then turned to leave the
room. Lenora was about to follow,
but Quest signed to her to remain.
"I should like to have a little con
versation with you ' about your mis
tress," he said to her pleasantly. "If
you don't mind, I will , ask you to ac
company me In my car. I will send
the roan back with you."
They descended in the lift together
and Quest handed the girl into his car.
They drove quickly through the silent
In a few minutes Lenora was In
stalled In sn essy chair In Quest's sit
"Leen back and make yourself com
fortable," Quest Invited, ss he took a
chair opposite to her. "I must Just
look through these papers."
The giri did as she was told. She
opened her coat The room waa de
lightfully warm, almost overheated. A
sense of rest crept over ber. She was
conscious that Quest had mid down
the letters which he had been pre
tending' to read. His eyes were fixed
upon her. There waa a queer new
look In them, s strange new feeling
creeping through ber veins.
Quest's voice broke -an unnatural
"Tod are anxious to telephone some
one," he ssld. "You looked st both
the booths as we came through the
hotel. Then you remembered, I think,
that he would not he there yet. Tele
phone now.' The telephone ls st your
right band. Too know - the number."
fibs obeyed almost at once.
"Number TOO, New York etty."
"You will ask," Quest continued,
"whether he ls sll right whether the
Jewels sro safe."
There was a brief silence then the
"Are you there. James? . . Yes,
I ara Lenora. Are yon ufo? Have
you the Jewels? . . . Where? . . .
Ton are sore that you sro safe? . . .
No, nothing fresh has happened."
"You sro at the hotel," Quest said
softly. "You are going to htm."
"I cannot/ sleep," ?he continued. "I
om coming to yon."
She set down the receiver. Quest
loaned a little more closely over her.
TYou know where the Jewels are
hidden." he said. "Tell ?no where?"
*. Her Hps quivered. She made no sn
. "Very good;" Quest concluded. "You
need not toll me. Only remember this:
. At nine o'clock tomorrow morning you
will bring those Jewels to this apart
ment. . . .. Rest quietly now. 1
weat y a to go to sleep.*'
She- ??eyed without hesitation.
Quest watched, for a moment, her
regular breathing. Then he touched
a hell by .his side. Laura entered sV
mest st once.
Together they carried the sleeping
girl out of the" room Into a larger
apartment. A single electric light was
burning on the top of a square mirroi
fixed upon an easel. Towards th. ?
they carried the girl and laid her in \u*
easy chair almost opposite to lt.
"The battery is Just on thu left,"
"Give me the band."
She turned away for a moment and
disappeared in the shadows. When
she returned, she carried a curved
band ot flexible steel. Quest look it
?from her, attached it by means of a
coil of wire to the battery, and with
firm, soft Angers slipped lt ou to
Lenora's forehead. Then he stepped
"She's a subject. Laura-I'm sure
of lt? Now for our great experiment!"
They, watched Lenora in t nul \.
"Lenora," Quest said, slowly and
firmly, "your mind 1B full of one sub
ject. You Bee your mistress in her
chair by the fireside. She 1B toying
with her diamonds. Look again. She
lies there dead! Who was it entered
the room, Lenora? I ?ok! lx>ok!
Gaze Into that mirror. What do you
The girl's eyes . had opened. They
.were fixed now upon the mirror-dis
tended, full of unholy tilings
'Try harder. Lenora.' he muttered,
hts own breath laboring, "lt in there
in your brain! Look! '
For a single second the smooth sur
face of the mirror wus obscured. A
room crept dimly like a picture Into
being, a fire upon the hearth, a girl
leaning back in her chair. A door
in the background opened. A mun
stole out. He crept nearer to the girl
-his eyes fixed'upon the diamonds, a
thin, silken cora twisted round his
wrist. Suddenly she saw him-too
late! His band was upon her Hps,
bis face seemed to start almost from
the mirror-then blackness! . . .
Lenora opened her eyeB. She was
still in the easy-chair before the fire.
"Mr. Quest!" she faltered.
He looked up from some letters
.which he had been studying,
fl "I am so sorry," he said politely. "I
Veally had forgotten that you were
here. But you know-that you hu ve
been to sleep?"
"Can I go now?" sho asked.
"Certainly," QueBt replied. "To tell
you the truth, 1 find that I shall not
need to ask you those questions, after
all. A messenger from the police Btu:
"What About the young Wor
tion bas been here. He says they j
have come to the conclusion that a (
very well-known gang of New York
criminals are in this thing. We know
how to track them down all right."
"I may go now, then?" she repeated,
with immense relief.
Quest escorted the girl downstairs,
opened the front door, blew his whis
tle and his car pulled up at the door.
"Take this young lady," he ordered,
"wherever she wishes. Good-night!"
The girl drove of?. Quest watched
the car disappear around the corner.
Then he turned slowly and made prep
arations for hia adventure. . . .
"Number 700, New York," he mut
tered, half an hour Utter, as he left
his house.< "Beyond Fourteenth street
-a tough neighborhood."
He hesitated for a moment, feeling
thc articles In bia overcoat pocket-a
revolver in one, a small piece of bard
substance in the other* Then he
stepped into his car, which had just
"Where did yon leave the young
lady?" be asked the chauffeur.
"In Broadway, slr. 8he left me and
boarded a cross-town car."
Quest nodded approvingly.
"No fla es se," he sighed.
Sanford Quest was naturally a per
son unaffected ny presentiments or
nervous 'fears of any sort, yet, having
advanced a couple of yards along the
hallway of the house which .he had
just entered without difficulty, be carno
to a standstill, oppressed with the
sense of Impending dango;-.
"Anyone here?" be asked, raising
There was no direct response, yet
from somewhere npntalra he heard the
hair-smothered cry of a woman. He
gripped his revolver tn his fingers. He
took a quick step forward. The floor
gave way beneath him. He was fall
ing into blackness. . .
The fall Itself wax scarcely a dosen
feet He picked himself up, bis shoul
der bruised, his head swimming a lit*
tie. Suddenly a gleam ot light shone
down. A trap-door above bl? head
woo slid a few inches back. The flare
ot an electric torch Bhone upon hla
face, a man's vole?- addressed him.
"Not the great Sanford Quest ? This
(?..-. 'v cannot Le the greatest detec
tive iu the world walking so easily in
to the cpider's web!''
"Any chance of getting out?" Quest
"None!" WBB the bitter reply.
"You've done enough mischief. You're
there to rot!"
"Why this animus against'me, my.
friend Macdougal?" Quest demanded.
"You and 1 have never come up
aguinst one another before. 1 didn't
like the lif*? you led In New York ten
yearB ago. or your friends, but you've ;
Buffered nothing through nw."
if 1 let you go." once more came
the man ? voice, "1 know very well in
what chair I shall be sitting before
a month hus passed. 1 am James Mac
dougal, Mr. Sanford Quest, and I have
gol the Ashleigh diamonds, and I have j
settled an old grudge, if not of my own,
o? one greater than you. That's all.
A pleasant night to you!" .
The door went down with a bans.
"A perfect oubliette," he remarked
to himself, as he held a match over
his head n moment or two later, "built
for.the purpose. It must be thc houBo
we failed to find which Sill Taylor
used to keep before he was shot.
Smooth brick wally, smooth brick floor,
only exit twelve feet above one's head.
Human means, apparently, are useless.
Science, you have been my mistress all
my days. You must save my life now
or lose an earnest disciple."
Quest felt in his overcoat pocket
and drew out the small, hard pellet.
He gripped it lu his lingers, stood
as nearly as possible underneath the
spot from which he had been project
ed, coolly swung his arm back, nod
flung the black pebble against the
sliding door. The explosion which fol
lowed shook the very ground under
his feet. For minutes afterwards
everything around him seemed to
rock. Then 8anford Quest emerged,
dusty but unhurt, and touched a con
st?hle on his arm.
"Arrest me." he ordered. "I am Ran? ?
ford Quest. I must bo taken at once
They found a cab without much dif
ficulty. lt was five o'clock when they
reached thc central police station.
Inspector French happened to be just
nan?" the Inspector Asked.
going off duty. He recognized Quest
with a little exclamation.
"Got your man to bring me here,"
Quest explained "so as to get away
from the mob."
"Say. you've been in trouble!" the
Inspector remarked, leading the way
into his room.
"Bit of an explosion, that's all,"
Quest replied. "1 shalt be all right
when you've lent me a clothesbrush."
"The Ashleigh diamonds, eh?" the
Inspector asked eagerly.
"I shall have them at nine o'clock
this morning," Sanford Quest prom
ised, "and band you over. the mur
derer somewhere around midnight."
* . ' ' . . .'? ?
Quest slept "for a couple of hours,
had a bath and made a leisurely toilet.
At a quarter to nine he set down to
breakfast in his rooms.
"At nine o'clock." he told his serv
ant, "a young lady will call. Bring
The door was suddenly oponed. Le
nora walked In. Quest glanced In iur
prise at the clock.
"My fault!" he exclaimed. "We are
slow. Good-morning, Miss Lenora!"
Sbo came straight to the table. She
laid a little packet apo? the table.
Quest opened it coolly. The Ashleigh
diamonds flashed up at him. He
Jed Lenora to a chair and rang a bell.
"Prepare a bedroom upstairs," be
ordered. "Ask Miss Roche to coins
here. ... Laura." he added, ns his
secretary entered/ *wfll yon look after
this young lady?"
Ai few . minutes later 'Inspector
French was announced. Quest nodded
lb a friendly manner.
"Some coffee. Inspector?"
"I'd rather have those diamonds!
Quest threw them lightly across tho
The Inspector whistled.
"And now, French, will you be here,
please, at midnight, with three men,
"Here?" tho Inspector repeated.
"Our friend." he said, "1B going to
be mad enough to walk luto bell,
even, when be tiudH out wlial be
thinks ha? happened."
"lt wasn't any of Jimmy's lot?"
Sanford Quest shook his head.
"French," he said, "keep mum, but lt
was the elderly family retainer, Mac
dougul. 1 felt restless about him.
Me has lost the girl-he was married
to hei. by the bye-and the jewels.
No fear of his slipping away, I shall
"You've Had a Rough Time, Lenora."
have him here at the time f told
"You've a way of your own of dolnp:
these things. Mr. Quent," the Inspec
tor admitied grudgingly.
"Mostly lucky," Quest replied. "Take
a cigar, und so long, inspector. They
want me to talk to Chicago on an
other little piece of business." . . .
It was a few minutes before mid
night when Quest parted the curtains
of a room on the ground tloor of his
house in Georgia square nnd looked
out into thc snow-white street. Theu
he turned around and addressed the
figure lying as though asleep upon the
sofij. by the fire.
"Lenora," he said, "I am going out.
Stay here, If you please, until I re
He left the room.. . For a few mo
ments there was a profound silence.
Then a white face waa pf eased against
the window. There was. a crash of
glass. A mah covered with snow
sprang into the apartment. He moved
swiftly to the sofa, and something
black and ugly swayed in his hand.
"So you've deceived me, have you?"
be panted. "Handed over the jewels,
chucked me, and glvon me the double
croBs! Anything to say?"
Macdougal leaned forward, his
white face distorted with passion. The
life-preserver bent and quivered be
hind him, cut the air with a swish
and crashed full upon the head.
The man staggered back. The
weapon fell from his Angers. For a
moment he was paralyzed. There was
no blood upon his hand, no cry
silence Inhuman, unnatural! He
looked again. Then the lights flashed
out all around him. There were two f
detectives in the doorway, their re
volvers covering him-Sanford Quest,
with Lenora In the background. In
the sudden Illumination Macdougall
horror turned almost to hysterical
rage. Ho had wasted his fury upon a
"Take him. men," Quest ordered.
"I lands up, Macdougal. Your number's
The handcuffs were upon him be- j
fore he could move.
"What about the young woman?"
the Inspector asked.
Lenora st. - id In an attitude of de
s pair, her head downcast. She bad
turned a little away from Macdougal.
Her hands were outstretched. It was
as though sho were expecting the
"You can let her alone," Sanford
Quest said quietly. "A wife cannot
give evidence against her husband,
and besides, I need her. She ls going
to work for me."
Macdougal was already at the door,
between the two detectives. Ma swung
arouud. His voice wstn, almost
clear-calm with concentration of
"You are a wonderful man, Mr.
Sanford Quest," ho said. "Make the
most <:* your triumph. Your time 1?
nearly up, there ts one coming whose
W't and cunning, science and skill are
all-conquering. He will brush you
away, Sanford Quest, like a "*>'. Walt
a few weeks."
"You Interest me," Quest mur
mured. "Tell me some more about
this great master?"
"I shall tell yon nothing,' Macdoug
al replied. ."You will hear nothing,
you will know nothing. Suddenly you
wftl And yourself opposed. You will
struggle-and then the end. It ls cer
They led him away. Only Lenora
remained, sobbing. Quest went up
"You've had a rough time, Lenora,"
he said, with ?trange gentleness.
"Perhaps tho brighter days ara oom
" (TO BB CONTINUED.)
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