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Mr. Barnes was ulono in Iiis sanctum
when :ui elderly Ulli II of cultured man
ners was ushered hi. 'J'lic visitor Riiuk
into ti Bout and began his appeal at onco.
"Oh, Mr. Barnes," said ho, "I am in
gront distress, I hardly dared to hopo
that ussistnnco wore possible until I mot
my frioud Loroy Mitohol. You know
him?" Mr. Barnes nssontod, with a
Mini ?, und the old man continued, "Ho
told mo that you could Biiroly aid me."
"I will certainly do all that is in my
power to servo a friend of Mr. Mitch*
el's," said the detective
"Von arc wry kind. My last hope, is
dependent upon your success But let
iuo tell you the story. 1 am Richard
Qodnoy, the broker. Perhaps you havo
hoard tho nom?." Air. Barnes nodded.
"1 thought bo. Old Dick they **.-* 11 mo
Ott tho street, and sometimes Old Niel;,
but that is only their little joko when
the mar!.i t goes against tin in. I do nut,
think thai 11 icy r< ally dislike im-, though j
I have uitido my foituno. I havo never j
cheated any tino tu r been hard on a
frioud timing all my career. Hut that
is immaterial, except that it makes it
hard to understand how any one eould '
have (tone me so great an injury as to
steal my daughter.
"Steal your daughter 1" interrupted
Mr. Barnes. "Abduction?"
"Abduction, 1 suppose, is your tech
nical term. I call it plain stealing. To
take a girl of 14 away from her father's
home is stealing, no more, no less."
"\Vh; n did this occur?"
"Two days age. Tuosduy morning wo
missed her, though she may have been
taken darin;: the night. She was slight
ly sick on Monday ov< ning, and her
maid sent for the doctor, who ordered
her to bo put to bed mid kept there.
When 1)0 called again on Tuosduy morn
ing, he went to my little girl's room
and was astonished to see that she wad
not there. A search was instituted un
der the supposition that, in tho absenco
of hor maid, she might have wandered to
somo other part of the house, but tho
child could not bo found. It almost
seemed as though she had vanished."
"Had you seen her yourself that
"I cannot too much condemn myself.
You see I am an old whist player, and
tho temptation to play made mo linger
so late with some friends on Monday
night that I prcforred to remain in New
ark, where 1 was, and so did not reach
homo until after in o'clock on Tuesday
morning. By that timo tho misfortuno
"Haw you discovered no clew to her
"X. tie. Wo havo SCUt to all of our
friends in the vain hope that she might
have a risen early and gone out, hut no
one has seen l.i r. She has disappeared
M thoroughly as though sin? bad been
swallowed by :.n earthquake. Here,
however, is u letter which reached me
this m< ruing. I cunn< t d< cido whether
it is important or merely a cruel juke i
perpetrated by some crank who has
heard of my misfortune."
11. 1 .. led the Utter to Mr. Barnes,
who lead as follows:
Vom' ilnughtor la safo i' you uro scnslblo.
If you v.'ai.t lior b?U)k, bid for bur. ,Makoyi>ur
offer high cuough, unit Bho'll bo witb you. 1
will nitfiwor if yon t at a personal in Th? Hur
uhl a'idrcsaod to UM. B."
"Mr. Gedney," said Mr. Barnes,
"this is a serious affair, but if this let
ter is genuine?as I think it to be?wo
can recover the girl, though wo may
have to pay a ransom. That d< ponds on
whether we two shrew 'er than tho per
petrator of this crime, mid be is no fool.
Thus far ho has procbeded withconsum
"You say ho, You think it is a man?"
"Not so fast, Mr. Godney. I cannot
judge the sex yet. This letter is written
on a typewriter, and the majority of
operators aro women. But we shall sco.
Other details must be gathered and
studied. I will fellow this up personal
ly. Comol SVo will begin work ot once."
They proceeded first to Herald square
and 1. ft the following to bo inserted iu
the in xt day's lit raid :
"M. E."?Coinmunlcato at onco, stating low
est terms. ?F.nsT.y.
Thonoo tluvy went to Mr. Gedney's
house. .Seating himself in a comfortable
chair in the library, Ir. Bartlos asked
that tho butler should be summoned.
The man entered tho room, and it was
apparent at ouco from his deferential
manner ami attitude that be was a good
servant of the English type. At tho
same timo ho eyed tho stranger keenly,
and throughout the interview answered
with a deliborateness which showed
that Im weighed his words and would
bo very careful not to say anything
which might bo used against him, a
phrase better known than understood.
In short, whether or not ho had any
thing to conoeal, tho butler was euutioua
because speaking to a doteetive.
"Moultou," began Mr. Barnes, "I am
"?o 1 thought, sir," answered Moul
"And why, pray, did yon think so?"
"Well, sir, I should say wo need ono,
and you'ro a stranger to mo, sir. I know
all my master's friends. "
"That is your ouly reason for suspool
ing my profession?"
"That's all, sir."
"Moniten, I mn going to find out
whero your mistress has been taken."
Mr. Harnes said this suddenly nnd
watched the iuhu closoly. Moulton
scorned impassive, and his roply was
"I hopo so, sir. "
"Very well," wild tho detectivo.
"Answer a few questions explicitly and
you may give mo great assistance. On
Tuesday morning yon admittod tho doc
tor. At what tune was it':"
"It was about 8 o'olook. Wo had just
taken our simIm at breakfast in tho serv
ants' hall when the boll rang. That is
how I fix tho hour. Wo are regular
about mnola lu thin house. Wo havo our
breakfast at 8, and tho master cats at 0."
"What occurrod when you admitted
"Ho asked for Miss Noro, and I said
eho was not down yet. Ho said ho sup
posed he could go up, and I suid I sup
posed bo could, and ho wont. "
"What did you do next?"
"I went back to my breakfast."
"Did yon tell tho maid that tho doc
tor bad called?"
"Well, partly brause I did not
think it ueocssary, and partly, I sop
pose, bccuuso bIio hud not couio into (ho
breakfast room yet." Moulton smiled u
little as though ho thought thut ho had
Said something olovcr.
"Did thu doctor And tho lunid in her
"No, sir. 1 In :ir?l tho doorboll again
und \v( nt up. The doctor was Btuudiug
in tho hull. Ho suid ho raug I ho door
bell because ho ?1 i<I not know how olso
to t all mo. Then ho said Miss Nora hud
left hor roonii which was against tlio
onU rs ho gavo tho night before, and
thut 1 was to tell the maid to have lirv
bnck in bed at OUCO, and ho would cull
Uguhl in an hour. I went, buck to thu
breakfast room, and this timo tho maid
was there, and fright* nod Bho was w hen
I gave her (ho message."
"Win ii tin- doctor told you that Miss
Nor it was not in hot room, were you
"No, dir "
("i on (his admission Air. Barnes ask*
"You know already thut she had boon
li'i' Moulton readily avoided a direct
"Why, how should I know that,
sir':" ho asked quiotly,
Mr. Barnes obsorved him for a mo
ment in silence and then asked to have
the maid called. Ho told Moulton that
ho had finished with him "for thu pres
ent," and the butler retired, with n sat
isfied smile upon his face.
Whilo waiting for the maid Mr.
Barnes nddrossod M ^idnoy.
"Mr. Qednoy," b? . >io, "you havo
not told mo tho name of tho doctor."
"His name is Doraldsou?Stephen
"Has ho served you long?"
"Ever sinca ho camo into thin neigh*
borllOOd, about three years ago. He Qr8t
OUniO to US at the time of my wife's
death. I liUTO retained him siuco that
time. Ho is i\ good, kind man, and I
think ho is quite as fend of Klinoia as I
am myself. This explains his solicitude
about her and his early call. He has u
rather curious theory. Ho thinks sho
may havo wandered off in hor sleep
during tho night."
"Why, has sho ever exhibited a tend
eney toward somnambulism?"
"Ye:?. At least we havo found her
asleep out of her own room, hut nothing
of the sort has happened for over two
years, and I supposed that sho had out
grown her sleep walking habit. "
"This adds U most interesting phase,"
said Mr. Barnes. "I would liko to
speak to Dr. Donaldson about it. Do
you think ho will bo hero today?"
"I expect him, na ho promised to
conic nt about this hour. Here is Bron
son, my daughter's maid."
This directed tho attention of Mr.
Barnes to a young woman who had just
entered. Sho was evidently dreadfully
alarmed at being summoned to moot a
detective, and her eyes showed that she
had been wt oping.
"Come, my girl," said Mr. Barnes
reassuringly, "you need not bo fright*
Olli d. 1 only wish to ask you a few quCB
ti> ns. You uro willing to help mo to
lind your mistress, uro you not?"
"Oh, indeed, indeed, yes, sir."
"Then ti ll mo exactly how sho was
on Monday night when you sont for tho
Tho girl composed herself with an
effort, still finding it difficult to find
propor words with which to address a
"Miss Nora acted odd all Monday and
was melancholy like. She'd sit and staro
out of tho window and not answer when
I spoko to her. 1 thought perhaps sonn
thing had bothered her, mid m> I left
her alone, mottiiillg to Spouk to Mr.
Gednoy at dinner timo. But In* sent a
telegram that ho was goiug out of town.
Ami so wh u Miss Nora wouldn't come
down to dinner and wouldn't answer
or look at me, but just kept- staring out
of t:.'- window, I got scared a lntlo and
thought best to send for Dr. Donaldson."
"What did he say when ho examined
"Ho talked to her, but sho wouldn't
answer him either. Ho patted he" on
tho head and said sho was sulky. Vhon
ho told mo perhaps she. ,,ti.h angry be
causo her father wouldn't como homo,
but that ehe must net bo allowed to
brood ovor tri ties. Ho said J must put
her to bed, and ho left somo medicine
that ho suid would put her to sleep."
"Put her to sleep?" repeated Mr.
Barnes thoughtfully. "Did it occur to
you that perhaps sho was asleep al
ready, ovoii though her oyos wero not
"No, sir, it didn't. But, now yon
speak of it, it wouldn't surpriso mo in
tho least. Sho certainly didn't not as
though sho was awake."
"Did you havo any trouble toput hor
"No, sir, though that was strange
Sho just stood still and letnui do every
thing. Sho did not help me, and sho did
not prevent me. "
"When did you see her after that?"
"I novct saw hor uftor that," tho
maid cried softly.
"Was it not yonr duty to go to hor
room again before retiring yourself?"
"Yes, Kir. But?but?hut"? Sho
scorned confused and stopped.
"Go on." said Mr. Barnes. "Toll ull
Iii at you know. "
"I'ut her to sleept" repented Mr. linrium.
TtI don't know Anything, sir. Indeed
I don't. I?I?I?-well, I was later than
I ought to have boon going up stairs or
account of company. So I just put my
bead in Miss iNoru sroom, and 119 every
thing was quiet I went on to my own
room. It wus nearly ~ o'clock."
"Then yon do not really know that
your mistress was Its her room at that
"No, sir. I ought to know, but I
"It in your duty to attend he in tho
morning, is it not?"
. "Yos. sir, but sho novor y/fk*? tefpro
8 o clock, and the doctor told UiC uot to
disturb hor till he ctuuo. Mo suid ho
Nvutitcd to wuko her himself und see how
"But you woro not in hor room nor
IS'tlSQ brcukfasi room ul 8 o'clock." Mr.
Burnos sorutinizod her closoly. "Whoro
wen' you'.'''' Tim girl turned orimsou
and stammered a few words innudibly.
"ComO, tell mi' where you woro,'' said
Mr. Barnes sharply, " You woro souie
whero, you know. Whero woro you?"
"I was in tin down stairs hallway,"
sho said slowly.
"I was talking to tho polio man," sho
roplied reluctant ly.
"Your hoau?" suggested Mr. Bnrnos
"No, sir. Ho is my husband." Sho
lossi 1 h< r head defiant ly now that her
socret was divulged.
"V'inr husband?" said Mr. Barnes,
slight y surprised. "Why, then, did you
hesitatO to speak of hint?"
"Bccuuso?Ix cnuso"?she stammered
onco moro and seemed troubled?"bo
ouuso mnybo if I had not been talking
to him Miss Morn wouldn't iiavo been
carried off. Ho might have soon tho
".lust so," said Mr. Harnes, and a
tho doctor was announced ho allowed
tho maid to go.
Dr. Donaldson appeared to Ik; a gon
ial, elderly medical man of tho old
school?ouo of those who bring an at
inosphoro of convalescence ami hope into
sick chandlers. Mr. Godney introduced
him to Mr. Harnes, and he advance,!
and shook the detective cordially by th i
"I ava delighted, Mr. Barnes, that my
old friend (Jodticy has been s, nsible
enough toongago you to unravel this af
fair rather than call in the police. Tho
police are bunglers, who depend for sue
coss upon publicity ami newspapor aid.
This affair can be managed without pub
licity, eh? You llUVO looked into the
matter: What do you think?"
"That is precisely the question, doc
tor, which 1 was about to ask you. Mr.
Gl duey tells mo that you think somnam
bul ism. "
"dust so. Hut I only said it might he
that. Doctors, you know, me as careful
as detectives in forming conclusions.
You havo heard that I was called in to
see tho dear little girl on Monday night?
Well, I found her in a strange mood.
Thinking it over, 1 havo almost con
vinced myself that what we took for
stubbornness?sull.s, I think I called it
?was somnambulism?that, in fact,
she was asleep when I saw her. That
would account for hor not re]dying to
questions and offering no resistance
when her maid removed her clothing to
put her to bed. Still, it is im rely u gucSS.
It is possible that sho uroso in tho night
and wandered out of the house. I only
venture the suggestion as a vaguo clow
for you to work from."
"What do you think of this letter?"
asked Mr. Harnes, banding him the
anonymous communication signed "M.
Tho doctor road it, twice over and then
"Looks more likosomnambulism than
ever. Don't yon see/ She must have
dressed borself in the night ami wan
dt red oil'. Somo one found In r and has
taken her homo and now tries to make
eajtital out of it. Will you notice this?"
" We havo already Inserted an adver
tisement in The Herald," said Mr. Gcd
my, "asking for terms. "
"I suppose that was tiio wisest
course," said the doctor, "and 1 hope
you will soon recover little Nora. I
trust, though, that Mr. Barnes maybe
a' ',' in save you paying out anything to
thu scoundrel. Well, other pcoplo are
waiting for me," with which romark
Dr. Donaldson left the house.
Mr. Barnes promised Mr. Godney to
lose no timo in his search and was leav
ing the house, when, at tho door, tho
butler stoppod him by saying:
" 1 hero's ouo thing, perhaps, sir, that
I ought to tell you, though it may not
amount to anything."
"What is it?" asked Mr. Barnos.
"Well, sir, as you know, tho master
WOS out on Monday night. It was near
10 o'clock when tho doorbell rang,
which surprised inc. I answered tho
bell, and it was Mr. Mitehel."
"Mr. Beroy Mitehel?" asked tho de
tective, much interested.
"Yes, sir. Ho comes hero often,
though not so late at night. Ho said he
was passing, and, seeing a light, in the
library, thought he'd drop in and have
n cigar with tho master. When I told
him Mr. Gedney was not at home, fie
said it was of no consequence, and I
needn't mention that ho had called."
"Did you toll Mr. Godnoy of this vis
"No, sir, though I did think it odd to
bo asked to keep it a secret." Tho but
ler uttered tho last word in n very sug
gest ivo tone, but tho detective appeared
IlOt tO liol ire it.
"I'll just Btop back and speak a word
with Mr. Qeduey," laid Mr. Barnes
after a brief pauso. Finding that gen
tlomun, ht/'a-kf d i
"By tho way, Mr. Gedney, when yon
spoke to Mr. Mitehel about this matter
what did ho think of it? Did he express
"Yes. Ho said tho doctor was most
likely correct, ami that ho thought that
Noro had merely wandered away in her
Sleep; that sho was not really abducted
at all. Ho told mo to cheer up and not
to worry about tho girl; that sho would
toon be at home again, Then ho set mo
to you, saying you could find her with
"Ho luts faith in my abilities," mut
tered tho detectivo, then added aloud, "I
will endeavor to deserve Mr. Mitchel's
opinion," and onco moro withdrew.
On his way home Mr. Barnes revolved
an idea in his mind, trying to decide
upon its probability. Tho maid had left
tho girl in bed early in tbo evening and
oonld not bo sure that sho was still there
when sho visited the room again at 3
o'oloek. As a child she had walked in
hor sleep. The fa'nily physician's diag
nosis was somnambulism. Mr. Mitcliei
had called at tho hous > unusually lato
for a sooiftl visit. Did he find the child
wandering about tho saeet and not reo
ognizo her until ho had taken hor to his
own homo, which was only a fow blocks
away? Was that why ho hod oalled at
Godnoy's houso so late? Tho anony
first glance it BOO mod like a rather poor
effort at a joke, the letters spoiling
"m0." But tbey were capitals. Did
tho "M" indicate "M?ehol" and tho
"H" "Klinora?" Was this anothor little
plot, of Mr. Mitchel's to test Mr. Barnes'
Thoro was ono vital objection to this
lino of rouKoniug. Why would Mr. Mitoh
i rmit Iiis friend to ?uhw Sv ?nuoh
"Did von tell Mr. Oedneu of this vtsitf"
? ? " ? ; to ........... ii whiui, n
hubby of outwitting u doteotiva? Such
nu aol would In? an outrage o:i friendship.
But then was it absolutely assured that
Air. Gedney was not in the secret?
Thus tho dotootivo's lllilld was racked
with argument during the day. IJo
speculated upon Mr. Mitchell connec
tion with the affair. He wondered why
the maid had retired so late that night.
He asked himself the meaning of tho
butler's euution in bis interview, and
tho object of his casting a suspicion
upon Mi. Mitohel. Lastly, he found it
difficult to decide exactly whether Dr.
Donaldson and Mr. Godney had been
entirely honest with him. Did either or I
both know more than they had told or
tell more than the facts? Was the whole
sleep walking theory merely a trick to
Confuse him? He wished that be could
certainly eliminate Mr. Mitchol as a
factor in the equation. Without him
everything seemed (dearer.
At 10 o'clock on tho following morn
ing Mr. Gcdtioy presented himself and
handed Mr. Barnes the following letter:
Haw your ad vor tts< meat mid answer nt onco.
I want $20.000. Lot mo emphtisUe the tact that
1 will not tnka less. You will wish to coin*
ID till lento with me. You can't catch mo with
docoy letters. Dnrnos l-t In Iplng you. I knew
that, you BOO. lie's tt keen dovll, but BO am I.
One, of yon bo et tho public tolephono in Hoff
man liOUHO t.t i o'clock en tie- stroke. I will
call you up. ?'ll n you answer, I will say "M.
E." Yon will rccognlzo the signal und do nil
tho talking. Your dotoolIvo Bhun't hoar my
voice I may neod his valuable aid myaolf In
tho future I lncloso n pioco of the girl's oloth
dress and a lock of her hair. M. E.
"Mr. Gedney," said Mr. Barnes, "I
suppose this bit of hair and scrap of
cloth satisfy you that tho scoundrel
really lias your child?"
"Yes. I am convinced of that. "
"Then I will recover her and without
ransom too. Mark that. Mco! moat ?ho
Hoffman House at tho appointed hour."
During tho morning Mr. Barnes wroto
tho following note:
DBAK Silt?Tho person who has thy child
wants n largo ransom. I nm determined to ro
cover her with' tit payment fit money. To fol
low a clew that I have it is ini| ortant to know
the exact fil'/.o of tho girl. As a physloliUI you
can gUCSS thisOVOn liottor than the father; nlso
Inform >no of any peculiarity or mark known
to you by whloh I could rccognl'/a hor nlivo or
dead. 1 say dead because tho party at present
suspected would Mop nt not hi Ii K lo Bhlold htm
nelf from arrost. Ploaso answer by hearer.
Yours truly, J, BaRNKS.
This ho sent by messenger and ro
ceived tho following reply:
I hopo you will succood. l'.liuorH is small
und Hilm, being rather undi rslzcd for her ax?.
1 should say nliout -i fe? t 10 Inolies. I know of
no dlstinctivo mark wlioroby her body could
ho recognized mid hopo that nothing of tho
sort suggested will occur. Yours truly,
At 3 o'clock Mr. Barnes and Mr. C3ed
ney met at the Hoffman House Tho de
tective received permission to conduct
the conversation. The signal was receiv
ed promptly, and Mr. Harnes thus ad
dressed "M. B," over the telephone:
"\V^ will pay tho amount domnndod
if tho girl is restored unharmed. Notify
us immediately when and whore the ex
change may he made."
Leaving the hotel, the detectivo said:
"Yon must obtain 920,000 in cash,
Mr. Godnoy. Wo will need it, but if my
plans are successful I shall be able toro
cover tho money as well as tho girl. Aro
l nave perfect confidence in your
skill, Mr. Barnes," \v:u* the reply.
On tho next day tho following letter
was received by Mr. tJcdney:
Ho you Accept my terms. I ouuht to havo
asked more, but will deal squarely nild not
ralso you. Tin- matter can he si ttlcd nt onco.
That you may he sure your k'irl has BUfforcd
no harm, which 1 understand is tho condition
of your acceptance, lot your ambassador hu
yourfrlond, nr. Donaldson, lie knows hor and
ran judge of her pliysloul condition. Let him
leave his house at midnight and drive up Mad'
Ison avenue Slowly until hailed hy the signal
"M. E." If he is alone, and no one is follow*
in? htm, he will hi- stopped. If your detectivo
tries any tricks, he will merely hnve his drive
for nothing. I win he in hiding with the girl,
mid if you keep faith the transaction will oo
oupy hut a moment. I will take tho cash And
deliver tho girl. Hut I tihnll ho armed, und
trfaehery will mean death.
I Wln n Dr. Donaldson was approaobed
np'in this subject, he offered many objoc
tiono, but was dually prevailed upon to
! undertake tho delicate mission.
I Shortly after midnight Mr. Barnes
and Mr. Gedney woro awaiting tho re
turn of tho doctor when Mr. Mitohel
i was announced. Mr. Harnes had invited
him to bo present, hut was in douht
whether ho would accept or not. If ho
bad the girl in his possession, it seemed
improbable, unless indeed Dr. Donald
son were in the secret.
"Well, Mr. Barnes," said Mr. Mitoh
el after itn exchange of greetings, "so
you have unraveled this oaso?"
" Well, not entirely. There are still a
few knotty skeins. But wait awhile,
and you will sen whether I succeed or
It was nearly 1 o'clock when at last a
carriage stopped at tho house, and a
few minutes Inter ?he doctor entered,
hearing Klinora in his arms.
"My daughtorl" exclaimed tho lather
excitedly. " Thank heaven, BhO is re
stored to inel"
"Yes," said tho doctor, "she is safo
enough, but I think she hits been drug
ged, for she has slept ever sinco I ro
"Did yon havo nny difflonlty?" nuked
Mr. Barnes, enterinc nt this moment.
II.. had lingered outside long enough to
exchange t word with the butler.
"No troublo at all," replied tho doc
tor. "1 drove slowly as far t.s Ono Hun
dred and Second street, when I hoard
the signal and drew up near the ourb.
A man cnum out of tho shadow of a
building and asked if I had tho oash. I
replied affirmatively. He went Lack to
the doorway nnd returned with tho girl
Jujilo^urayi, bujb. withj? niatol noinua
mo. I banded biui tho packet of bills,
and lie passed nn< the girl. Ho stood
with Iiis pintol pointed in my direction
until 1 drove away. So thcro was
nothing that I could do. He will un
doubtedly escape punishment for this
"I cannot agree with you, doctor,"
said Mr. Farnes calmly. "I think ho
will be fully punishi d.''
"In what way?" asked tho doctor
amazed. "Oh, I see! You mean by his
"Partly," said Mr. Barnes. "Excuse
mo a moment, and I will explain moro
Ho went, to tin? door and admitted tho
butler ami tho same policeman who had
been oil his beat talking with the maid.
Boforo his purpose was comprehended
Mr. Barm s said sharply, "Officer, ar
rest that man," whereupon tho police
man seized the doctor and held him de
spite his struggles.
"What does this nutrago mean?"
screamed the doctor, lighting desperate
ly to liberate himself.
"Put on tho mapaolcs, officer," said
Mr. Harnes quietly, and while this was
being done he deftly removed a pistol
from tho doctor's pocket.
"There, now," continued tho detect
ive, "we can talk without risk."
"I suppose you havo tho right man?"
said Mr. Mitehel, "or you would notgo
to such extremes. (Jive us tho details.
Mow did von solve tho riddle?"
"Kiddle?" said Mr. Barnes. "Well,
do you know, I thought it a riddle, and
one created by you, until a very few
moments ago. It was only when you
came in awhile ago that I eliminated
you from the case. "
Mr Mitehel laughed heartily.
'?Jfic, Hol" said he. " You are lighting
windmills. Yon must nut look for my
hand in all criminal cases that ootno to
yon. But why should my coming hero
off cot your views?''
"You would never have left the must
important partof the job to an assistant.
Y'ou did that once, you know, ami I
"What does this outrage meant"
beat you. But let nie explain how I
solved this puzzle. At one timo I sus
pected tho butler hero because of his
unnecessary caution in answering ques
tions. Bator I concluded that it was
merely a personal characteristic to
make noncommittal replies. It is a sort
of requisite with good servants to evade
catechism. The clew came 'o mo with
tho roply to our personal. Tho envelope
Was postmarked tho night before, and
thus was actually mailed before the
newspaper was printed, an oversight on
the part of tho writer. No one knew of
the advertisement except ourselves and
Dr. Donaldson, unless you had men
tioned it, Mr. Gednoy, As you might
have dune so, and as tho butler was still
under suspicion, as woll as tho maid who
was up so lato when sno should have
I boon caring for tho young mistress, 1
had to look farther for convincing
proof. Tho letter itself was written i?
I typewriting, ami I observed a curious
error in the spelling of two words. I
found 'emphasize' and 'recognize.' In
each, instead of the 'z' there was a rep
etition of tho 'i,' that letter being dou
bled. Tho watermark on the paper was
'Oaligraph, * tho name of a typewriter,
a mark which is on all the paper sold
by the company Controlling that instru
ment. In that machine tho bar which
carries tho letter 'i' is next to that which
oarrioH tho letter ' It is not an un
common thing when a typewriter is out
of order for two bars to fail to pass ono
another. Thus, in writing 'omphasizo'
a rapid writer would strike tho 'a' key
before tho 'i' bar had fully descended.
Tho '/.' bar, rising, would striko tho 'i'
and carry it up again, thus doubling
tho lotter 'i' instead of writing M z.'
Tho ropotition of such a mistake proved
that tho machine was faulty. I wroto
to Dr. Donaldson asking about tho 'size'
of tho girl and for marks whereby her
body could be 'recognized.' I used the
words 'size' and 'recognize,' hoping to
tompt him to repeat them in replying.
My letter was also worded so that, ho
would imagine that I already suspected
some ono other than himself. In his
answer I found tho Word 'recognize'
and a similar one, 'undersized ' In both,
the double 'i' error reappeared. Thus I
Was sure of my man. When wo rooo'vod
tho proposal that ho himself should bo
our ombassador, tho trick was only too
transparent. But not yet entirely satis
fied, I sot another trap. I secretly placed
a cyclometer on tho doctor's carriage.
IIo says that tonight he drove to Ono
Hundred and Second street and buck
here, a total of r ight miles. Tho butler
obtained tho oyeloineter for mo when
tho carriage stopped, and it shows that
ho drove less than a mile. Ho simply
wnited at his honso until tho proper
time and then camo ov?r. "
"Bravo, Mr. Barnes!" exclaimed Mr.
Mitehel. "You aro certainly improv
"But how did ho get Elinora?" nsked
"I am afraid that your daughter is
ill," said Mr. Barnes. "I judge from
the description given by the maid that
her condition was not somnambulism,
as the dOOtOr suggested, but that she is
suffering from an attack of catalepsy.
When ho called in the morning, finding
the maid absent and the girl still in n
trance, ho quickly dressed her and car
ried hor down to his carriago. Thoro
was no risk, for had he been scon,
though balked in his purpose, ho could
havo explained that sho needed froBh
air, and thut ho was taking her for a
drive, and, as tho family physioiun, no
wrong would havo been apparent. I
promised tO teOOVCI your duughlot OUd
youv money, Mr. Gednoy. Wo will find
tho money at tho doctor's office, I sup
pose. "^This proved trno.
Mr. MitOllOl walked with Mr. Barnes
when they left the house, and ho asked I
"How do you account for the singular
circumstance that a prominent man liko
Donuldson would stoop tosuoh u orimo?"
"That is an interesting auory." re?
plied thu dotective. "In tho first place,
many men uro honest not fl'OU) any in
herent integrity, but rather through
cowardice. They fear the Jaw. Given
an opportunity which Booms safe, they
readily follow their criminal bent. Sec
ondly, nbduotiou is a rare crime for sev
eral reasons. It is difficult to obtain
possession of tho child, it is risky to
oarry on the necessary communications
which must ensue, and it is very hard
to find a way of rveeiving the ransom
without detection. All of these points
this man thought ho ?mild overcome.
The temptation came to him during tho
night nfter Iiis first visit. Ho recognized
tho catalepsy und knew that no resist
ance would bo made to his carrying the
Obi Id off, and that she would not tell
where she had been during the trance,
oven after Ik r recovery. Tho opportuni
ty came on the following morning, whou
ho found tho girl unguarded. Ho could
not resist it. He cleverly managed tho
Communications by telephone and by
writing with a typewriter, which wnnlH
not ordinarily have betrayed him as it
did. Lastly, as be was commissioned to
take the ransom to himself, detection
Boomed impossible "
"Yet despite all his cleverness," mor
alized Mr. Mitohol, "the rogue made
two fatal idips, and tllOSO brought hiiu
his doom. Goodnight, Mr. Barnes."
I'KKDINt; THK CHOPS.
Tho Ittifltt Kind of Kootl as Ncccs
wary for Crops as for Farm Ani
John K, Head in Practical Pa nier.
If crops uro tobe grown, food mis'
bo supplied for their nourishment, A
plant can no more live without food
than can an animal. And if it is to be
profitable to the grower tin re must bi
as v.'ise an adaption of tho fond to the
wunts of the plant as '.here, is in the
ease of Lho animal. Tho food must
he bUlllolont In quantity, suitable in
quality, and must be supplied when
Too many crops are not given the
food that is needed for their perfect
development. To a large, extent tin y
are left to forage for themselves. This,
too, in a groat many ca-es, by men who
uro careful to feud their animals well.
These men believe that it pays to keep
a gootl supply of food for their animals,
and keep it where it can bo obtained
with but liUle difficulty. They do not
make tin if animals work all Jay to
get a baro subsistence. Yet it would
hardly bfa more unprofitable to do tins
than it is to (ail to provide amp o
stores of food for their cultivated
plants, it is true that plants can ob
tain a gootl deal of footi for thcinsc'vcs.
They grow in waste places anil un
cultivated Holds without help from
man. lint they do not attain anything
ltko the vigor and development that
ttiey would nave if the conditions were
mure favorable. The same is true,
though to a less extent, of the culti
vated i 1 mis that arc suuplied with
only.??ma.1 quantities of food. Scanty
feeding dues not bring the farmer i
either largo or profitable crops.
The quality of food is us important
as is- 11 ^ quantity. This is as true ')t
plants as it is of animals. .Sonictimes
crops are small upon land that receiv
ed a considerable quantity of fertilizer
and that brand, .nut, perhaps, com
mt rolftl fertilizers in general, may he
condemned by the man who had thus
bt eo disappointed in the result of his
efforts to obtain a large yield. Hut
the fault may not have been with the
fertilizer. Iranian gives his animals
food that is not at all suited to their
wants be cannot expect goad results to
follow. Hut plants are just as partic
ular about their food as are animals.
No one would t'.ink of keeping his
noises and bis hogs on the same kind
of footl Yet there are men who will
buy a fertilizer tor some special crop
anil use it. not only for t! tit crop, bill
for several 'other crops. Tho mixture
may have been tl.e best that could
liavo been made for the crop for which
it was recommended, and yet have
been of comparatively little use for
Borne of the other crops upon which it
was used, for these crops there may
have hern a great deficiency of one of
the elements needed to make a suit
able fertilizer and an excess of other
elements. But the excess of the latter
cannot atone for the dciiclency of the
former. The old rule in natural philo
tonhy holds good here : " A chain is
no stronger than it weakest link." It
is not the average quantity of the.
needed elements that determines the
value of a fertilizer, but the smallest
quantity of any one of the more im
portant kinds. The quantity of ferti
zer, such as it is, may be. large, and
there, may be a great deal more nitro
gen and phosphoric acid than is
needed, and yet the. plants may be
half starved because of a lack of potash.
Or, there may bo an abund nee of
potash and a deficiency of some of the
other elements, in which case the re
sult will be equally unsatisfactory.
With the plants, as with the animal,
if the food is to he properly utilized it
must bo supplied at th right time. It
docs nt t answer to keep an animal on
short rations during the early period
of its existence and feed it heavily
after it h is hocoino stuute I by lack of
Sufficient footl. Neither will it do to
feed wi II at some times and give but
little food "at Other periods. Liberal
fei ding must 00 constant if it is to be
successful. The same rule applies
to plants. If the best results are to bo
,-eeuied the plants inu-t he amply sup
plled with the kinds of 'ood which
they require, and that supply must be
maintained from the time tbo seed
gi rininatOS until the proper stage for
harvesting has been readied. It is
right at this pdnt that many failures
are made. Often manure is applied
just before the seed is put. into the
ground. 1'erhaps it is used in suf
ficient quantity to make a line crop,
but it t ik. s some time for much of it
to become available, and so the. plant
does not git a sufllclont quantity of
food during one of the critical times of
its life. If a little fertilizer had been
user1 to give the plants a start, tho
manure would havo carried them out
in a vigorous growth. Not infre
quently tho trouble comes at the other
ond of the line. The supply of availa
ble food mat ?rial- ifl <> nearly exhaust
ed before tho points are mature that
they are not nearly as pro! lie as they
otherwise would have been. The crop,
n such a case, is small, because at a
certain poriod, and perhaps a brief
one, tbo supply of food for tho plants
" Hiram," said Mrs. Corntosscl,
" I bate tcr say anything thot ain't ex
: aotly good-natured , but It pears '.. ;'
me. tbet you ain't makin' i z gootl U80
o' yer time cz you might." Mandy,"
was the reply, " I think I'm doln'
pretty good. I've been doin' a good
deal in the way of Imprnvin' my mind
lately." " Thai's jes' it, Hiram. Tbey's
I. hull lot of folks In tho agricultural
j erlesslon thet keeps puttin' improve
i f.racnt* out neu- mluds whon thoy ortor
I bo puttin' repairs on the farm."
SHAVING ALL THE HLAOS IN THE TOWN.
A BAItBKll'S CLIPPER AT WORK.
Every Man in iho village Hail ?<? sui>
luit?Clipping and Shaving Douu
iv)i" N?ilIiIiik?Tho Uurber Had a
A correspondent of tho Augusta
Chronlolo tells tho following story
about a whole town Doing clipped anil
shaved whether they desired It or not.
The i neiden? located at Sly van la,
Ga., ten years ago, soon after the rail
i oad roaohed that point :
It was a quiet morning in July whetl
three uruy young mon ol tho town con
cluded that they would break the
monotony ol the village and at the
same time make everybody fcol more
comfortable, by clipping everybody's
hair, and in addition shaving those
who wore beard of any description.
They llrst went up stairs to the ton
sorlal sauotuin and saw ROSS, who
readily entered into tho scheme ami
offered to do all tho work for nothing.
Tho clippers were brought out and
sharpened and also screwed up SO they
would take the hair oil a few days
under the scalp, and the razors were
i put in good trim. To prepare til Olli
m Ivos more fully for their work, tho
committee decided to let the barber do
them up Urst. l'bey wire quickly
shorn ol i verythiug that tho clippers
or razors could reach from the neck up.
and then felt ready ami anxious to do
up the town.
The Urst man t.hey met was a young
fellow by the name ol Tompklns, who
was to have bei tl married the next
week, and who had come to town that
moraine to sco the. preacher and buy
his license. The boys told him what
tin y wantt d. and at the same time one
grasped hi in by each arm and the
other walking behind, they began
gently but firmly to lead him up the
steps. At Ii st Tompklns 1 lughcd and
thought it was ji good joke, but us
they went further, his smile bccuim
less mirthful and be asked them what
they wero really going to do. They
told him agalu, and he then begged
them to let him oil. He said he was
to be married the uoxt week, and in
vited them i-.ll out to tin- wedding,
Hut the invitation came too late. Hy
this ti.no they were in the barber's
-aiictuni. and the fatal clippers were in
ful vi w. Tompklns then lost his tem
per, and swore mat he would prosecute
In em, but they gently forced him into
tho chair, ami told tho art if t to do bib
work. Then the young man thought
of U sweet maiden who was anxiou-ly
awaiting the return of her lover, anu
he begged their pardon for what he
had bald and hoped they would desist
Irom uuylbing further. I Hit the die
had been cast by fate, and it was
uguimt Tompklns. The clippers and
razor did ttielr work well, and when
he looked in the glass the young man
.-iinp.y sighed anil walked badly away
lie did not realize who it was that In
had gazed on. The Tompklns wed
ding didn't come olf the next work,
nor ha.- it eumo off yot. In the lir.-i
place, when he went back his girl
,-aul she didn't believe it IVUS Touip
kins that it was an impostor; and in
the second place, if it was Tompklns
.-he said she bad iost all affection for
Sivor.il young men of the village
wore next taken up and put through
the. muchino, and eaeb one, however
much he may have kicked before
hand, after ttie magic (dippers hail
passed over his head was always will
ing anil eager to j ?ill the company. So
the gang hourly increased.
Thi' crowd was vory anxious to got
their hands on the mayor, but for
awhile he successfully avoided, finally,
however, he was caught while ? oine
through the fields from his ollico to
his home, anil threats of lines an woll
as pious for mercy fill alike in vain
upon the ears of bib captors?and his
honor was soon as slick-beaded as the
rest, and anxious to help catch some
b dy. Uno town marshal hud been
among ttie first victims of the morn
ing, and it was useless for anyone to
can on him for protection. The on tire
town council hail followed in rapid
succession, and looked as white and
cool as the drifting snow. The boys
were going it. for municipal reform
with a veugcanco. The sheriff of the
county bad submitted gracefully to the
im vit.ib.e, ami afterwards gave valua
ble aid in bringing in those who were
inclined to bo reb llious.
A dignltiud lawyer of the village for
a long time escaped all the snares that
wero laid for his feet, or more properly
??peakiiig, for his head. But time and
a pair of barber's clippers will at last
set all things even, and late in tin
afternoon tho aber ill got straight be
hind him down tho principal street
Such a race the town had never seen
before. He was at last headed otf and
ctught. He put in all kinds of pleas,
but they were promptly overruled, lie
then threw himself on the mercy of
the court, till y decided inasmuch an In
had tried to escape, he shou'' have
the full penalty. And he got it.
There was a merchant in the town
of good, jolly disposition and consider
able avoirdupois, lie found out what
tin boy.- were up to early in the nay,
ami to nave his hair and moustache,
closed up his StOl'O and would not
VentureOUt. When one id them knock
ed on bin door ami asked to bo admit
ted, he tolo th m til it i joke aside.'' he
iimn't want any foollslinss like thai
The clan was hastily called together,
and after a short discus-ion of the case
he was numbered with the elect. Hut
the trouble was to got him. 11; slept
in an upstairs room over the &tore, to
after he had retired that night, one of
the boys, armed with tho clippers,
gained access by sonic means ami
started up the steps. But the mer
chant heard him, und jumping out of
bed be rushed out on the veranda and
determined to ulldt down one of the
posts to tho ground. It was a rather
bold i roe< eding, for it WttS u bright
moon igllt night, and he was very
Bcantly Olud, having, as before stated,
I retired to bis slumbers. But the man
with the clippers was at hand, and so
he launched bravely out. lie was not
a whit too soon, for as ho clutched tins
post, with bunds and feet and start* d
downward the dreaded instrument
gi n/, -d his scalp. Down, down he slid,
and lin.illy landed?right into tho arms
of a wl.oie. poSHQ of the boys who llftd
boon waiting for him underneath the
Shade of tho piazza. H is needless to
say Unit he w a- soon one of the clan.
The < xporienco of a farmer who liv
ed about a mile from town was the
I most humorous and at the samo time
the most WOful of them all. He wore,
a long, luxuriant beard and splendid
hair. That is to say, beforo ho was
Initiated. After that ho wore nothing
?tin metamorphols was complete.
UM..., tho Committee waited on bin.
he did not resist, but marched like, a
stoic 10 the fatal chair. In a few mo
ments they asked him to look at him
bclf in the mirror. He did so, but no
look of con80iOU8ness came to his face,
he did not realize, that It as his own
Image upon which ho gazod. Uo vow
ed It was an optieal illusion they had
, producod ; but, aias ; he soon found it
I was a stern reality. Slowly ha wend
cd bis way hotu ward. Iiis wifo was
standing at the door when ho came
up, and when he s-t irted to ascend tho
steps .she inquired what tie wanted. Ho
only laughed, and was coining on up,
when bho ordered biin to halt, and
wanted to know his business. Still
laughing, he managed to say : " Why
wife, oon't you know nu '.-'' 11 You
miserable tramp," Bbocried, " what do
you mean by calling me your wife. I
believe you are crazy. Now, sir, you
had hotter make double quick tracks
away from this bouse," and with that
she reached buck and drew forth his
shot gun which he bail loaded up
heavily the day before. The farmer
grew serious and once more tried to
convince his spouse ? of his iden
tity, but she whistled for tho dog.
It was a large, splendid-looking croa
ture, and ho felt 6Ut'0 tho faithful ani
mal woaid know him and .spring to him
with a cry of joy. Me was right. Tho
dog sprung for him but Micro was
blood in bis eye, and he came with a
savage growl. The lady interfered and
saved him, and the fond but despairing
man hastily retreated from his own
domicile and BCCrctod himself in a
neighboring wood. That night ho
again approached his homo very
cautiously, and calling to bi.s wifo beg
ged for admittance : but her shrioks for
help aroused the neighborhood, and in
Iiftoon minutes there was a determined
posse armed with shot guns in pursuit
of him, whilo several dogs, bis own in
the lead, WOI'O baying on bis track.
Heran Into a thick branch and barely
had time to escape by climbing up a
large tree. The men surrounded tho
place and determined to wait there'till
morning. Whou daylight broke, tho
?finer offered to surrender uncondi
tionally if they would promise not to
lynch him. Tho terms were accepted,
and under cover of two guns he de
scendod. After recounting tho story
o1 bow he had been clipped in the,vil
lage, and showing the marks on bis
clothing and other cor oborative proof,
he dually convinced ins captors that
ho was not an Impostor. Thoy escorted
him home to his helpmeet, who, after
he had shown his familiarity with cer
tain matters of a domestic nature, re
ceived him back Into the family fold.
Scarcely a man in the whole town
escaped the clippers in fact a census
of tho placo the next morning would
have revealed only two, the minister
and the physician. The following day
being Sunday, there was preaching at
the, Methodist church. The opening
hymn was "Jesus Lover of My Soul,
and when the six young men who com
posed the choir, stood up all in a row,
without a single strand of hair upon
their facoor skull, ami, sung that fa
miliar line, ''Cover my defenceless
liead," there, was a litter all through
the congregation, and tho preacher
The barber who entered so heartily
into the fun the day of tho clipping,
had time to repent at leisure?for it
was three months before he cut any
hair again, and bis ollico became a
how TO LI VIS CHEAP.
Grain, Nuts, Fruits ami Vegetables
is the Diet?The Cost Is Two Cents
What ilo you think of living on less
than half dollar a week and living
well'} The universal an-wee will bo
that this i.-, an impossibility. An
evangelist known as Miles Grant re
cently brought ridicule upon himsolf
by slat ing that hccouhl live on eighty
sevon and a half cents a week. If Mr.
Grant has done nothing else, he has
brought to light a more frugal man
than himsolf, and that is something.
Mr. A. II. Krank is the frugal man
who yielded to tbo temptation to dis
close; his identity and his manner of
life when he road of Mr. Grant's state
Mr. Krank is a line looking old gen
iIonian, with thoughtful eyes, a lofty
forehead, Ilo wing gray hair and luxuri
ant patriarchal heard. He has a kind
y face anil a substantial llgui'0. Ho is
m arly seventy-four years old, and is a
manufacturer ol wood-working ma
chinery in Buffalo, X. Y.
"In regard to my diet. ' he writes,
"1 will say that my food consists in
Hie main of grains, fruit and nuts. I
eat a few VOgOtablcs, such as potatoes,
boots,cabbtlgOS, turnips, etc. The cost
of vegetables is about three times as
much as the grains. I consider tho
'? I eat fruit largely. Nuts I grind
and use the meal as a substitute for
butter. Nut- arc much cheaper than
butter and more healthful. It re
quires a peculiarly constructed mill to
grind nuts, owing to the amount of oil
they contain. I constructed one, for
my own use. I have regular times for
eating, and do not cat a nut or an
apple or other kind of fruits between
'?Corn by the bushol is worth
twenty-six cents, or half a cent a
pound. Wheat is worth a third of a
cent a pound, and ryo two-thirds of a
" A quarter of a pound of any one of
these grains is sullioiont nutriment for
the average individual for one meal.
A little fruit is usually oaten with
it. I generally cat apples at this timo
'? A meal of apples an.l corn pre
pared in different ways cost three
eighths of a cent. A meal of unleaven
ed graham bread ami ground peanuts
costs onocent, When I eat two ounces
of corn and the same amount of gra
ham Hour the cost of the meal is throo
i\darters of a cent.
" I first grind the corn and then
make johnny cake, nothing but water
and meal, or else make a porridge.
The sweet corn I parch in a corn
popper and then grind and oat dry
with apples or other fruit.
"The vegetarian diet is very con
venient for one who is traveling and
wishes to )??' saving of expense. I
have made ten trips to San .Vand'CO
and as many as twelve to Florida,
whore I have sevoral small groves of
oranges and other fruits. On my last
trip I was three days on tho road and
bad eight meals on the way. Thoy
cost me in all six cents. My food was
one pound of rolled oats and a pound
and a half of graham Hour, made into
"In traveling, twelve or fifteen
years ago, food to last noo from Multalo
to San Francisco ui utllly coat mo a dol
lar. Now, with my present way of
living 'a n or twenty cent., would ho
BUilh lent for my rations it I prepared
them before 1 left tioin*>."
- 1 . ? ? tmi -
?A letter was received in Now Or
leans directed "To the, biggest fool in
Now Orleans." Tbo postmaster was .
absent, and on his return one of tho
younger clerks informed him of tho
letter. " Anil what became of if." in
? ? i ? ... ... H VIM,.. " nA.
i|oii<.i Hit pOSWUH ? *??-.>. rr
plied the clerk, " I did not know who
the biggOSl fool in New Orleans was,
so I oponod the letter myself.'' " And
what did you find in it ?" "Why," re
Bpondod the clerk, "nothing but the
words, ' ThOU art the man !' "
- If what Is said bo not to tho pur
pose, a sluglo word 1b already too