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twerity dollars of the thirty-five I
-drew that day and add it to the one
hundred and eighty dollar$ I had in
thd savings bank. I would niall a reg
Istered letter to my mother and re
duce my indebtedness to her. On my
way to business I stopped at the bank
and drew out every penny I had there.
It was my intention to go to the post
office at lunch time to register the
letter. Just before twelve, 'Mr. Wood,
the head of the firm, had sent for me.
"Mr. Nelson," he had said wrath
fully, the minute I entered his olice,
"here is your week's salary. You will
leave our employ at once."
Stunned both by his manner and hIs
words, I gasped out something about
not understanding what lie imeant. I
knew of no reason that would war
rant my discharge.
"I can't put it in any plainer Eng
lish, can I?" he roared at me. ''3et
I held my ground.
"Surely I im entitled to some ex
planation," I protested. "If there's
been anything wrong with my work-"
"Your work's till right." he hel
lowed. "It's this," he cried, waving
at ie a letter that had been lying
on his desk. "This letter Is enough.
It exposes you for what you are."
Dumfounded at his amazing state
'ment, I demanded to see the accusing
-document. Angrily he refuwed.
"You know as well as I what's in
In vain I protested. Every word
I uttered only seemed to add to hIs
wrath. In the end lie almost hustled
ie out of his otlice. Blindly I found
ily way to the street, still Clutching
In my hand the week's 'pay lie had
,rudely, t?-uit on me.
r Tlft letter .to which he referreil
-who ceuld hsve written it? What
Obuld have been in It that hnd Fo In.
flamed my employer against iv ? I
racked my brains in vain, puzzling
to account for it. I had not been
aware that I had an enemy in the
world, yet who but an (nemy could
have written a letter that would have
such dire effect?
The mystery of my disminssnl was
too great for tile to solve. The one
thing I felt thankful for was that it
had conie before I had sent ot 'my
money. At least I had tw hu6idred
and fifteen dollars in mny, go -ket. Un
der my r elit Imodt 'of life that
This Letter Ia Enough. It Exposes
"r You for What You Are."
would last me quite a while, stmrely
,until I found anoiher position. Well,
there was nothing to do but muake
:the best of it.
I dinied in a little restauranit in one
'of thle side streets antd walked honme.
Ytmeditely (on entering the apart
ment I deeided to put my monecy In
the wall safe. There wvould be less
temptation for me1 to spendt it if I
-carriedl only a lIttle in my pocket.
As I opened the safe by means of
the combination I miadle the astound
lng dliscovery that one of the jewel
cases had dilsappeared.
And now I stood hesitating at the
'telephonie. Self-protection hiade me
enotify neither the super'inatendlent no!
the police - et I must (10 somnething.
'The jewels entrusted to my care had
~been stolen. The thief must be0 found
and( the pearlIs recovemred.
WVhy should niot I rayself play the
detective? I had abuindanit leisure
now. My great-uncle hadt~ informed
me that there was something wvrong
in the house and had charged me te
discover what It was. Here was the
opportunity for me to fulfill the trusi
he had imiposedl on mue.
The thought tflashed across my mind
too, that pethaps the crafty 01(d gen
tleman hmad dlelier-ately planined thi
disappearaunce of tihe gems. P'erhap!
he had deCvised an elaborate test t4
see if I was honest, if I was of thi
right caliber to be his heir. Maybe hi
and his wife had not gone to Blaine
at all. They might even be quartered
in another apartment in this very
house, surreptitiously entering when
they knew I was absent. There real
ly had been no necessity 'for them to
give me the combination of the safe.
They need not have told me anything
about the pearls. I wondered if they
themselves might not have taken away
the jewel box just t6 see if I would
discover the loss and to ascertain
what I would do about it.
Another theory suggested itself. My
aunt evidently prized her jewels high
ly. After they had started she might
have repented having left them behind
and have sent the old colored butler
back to get them. He of course
would have a key t6 admit him, and
they would have supplied him with
the safe combination, as they had me.
Probably he had been told to leave
some message for me and had forgot
.en to do so. More than likely in a
day or two I would receive a letter
from pid Rufus that would explain
I was glad now I had not notified
the superintendent nor the police. ly
second theory surely was far more log
leal than the first. It seemed prepos
terous that they would risk hundreds
of thousands of dollars' worth of gems
just to test my honesty.
Still, I determined to make a thor
ough investigation. If they had been
stolen, I would set about in a selen
title way to discover the method of
the theft and to bring about restora
tion. I would keep my investigation
secret, and if it turned out that the
pearls were safe, no one would know
of my fright about the matter. I be
gan outlining my work as a detective.
First, I would examine the safe
knob for possible finger prints.
Second, I would interrogate Mrs.
Burke. I would watch her carefully
-for any appearance of guilt. I would
try, without arousing her suspicions,
to ascertain if she had let her key
out of her possession.
Third, I would insert an advertise
ment offering a reward for the return
of the jewels, so worded that only the
thief and myself would understand.
Fourth, I would try to locate the
Gastons and would question the haUll
boys and telephone girl as to whether
they had surreptitiously returned.
Fifth, I must try and discover whalt
was in the mysterious letter that had
led to my diseharge. While this di(
not seem to have any connection witi
the other nifairs that were troublii
me, if I was to remain in New Yorki
and becoie better nequainted witi
Barlara Bradford, as I fondly hoped
I mnreant te, have nothing hanging ovei
I was about to get into bed. ait
turned out the light, in fact, w'hn I
recalled the errand that had led me te
open the wall safe. I had more thar
two hundred dollars in my trousers
pocj5et and I purposed putting it
where it would be safe. With th<
feeling that if the jewels had disap
peared, so migl)t my money, I pressef
the light button in the sitting rootir
and looked about for a hiding place
Recalling a custom of my mother's,
stepped over to the bookcase and tak
ing a Macaulay's History, Volum
ThQDe, from the shelf, placed betweet
the leaves all of my money excepl
fifteen'dolhlars. No bnrglar was likel
toLlnd it there.
I extinguished the light and in th
dlarkness stepped lback into my bedl
room, and stopped stock still.
From somewhere in thte roomi ther<
came three dlistinct taps. Instinctive
iy I crouched in an attitude of self
dlefense and strained my oars to listeni
My fhs~t impression was that thor<
Wil pomeone in the room, probal|:
the iurgini'. I heaitated about turn
ing on thie light. If he were arme<
it would give him all tihe aidvantage
.Breathlessly I listened. Once mioi
there came three distinct raps, tli
time apparently fronm somewhere out
aide the room. I wondered if it ha<
been sounds like these that had so ter
rifled thme 01(d couple,
Perhaps it was the echo of somneoni
pounding in another apartment, thu
noise being carried along by a watei
pipe. Thle thought that it mighit hi
the crackling of some hidden steam ON
refrIgerating pipe suggested Itself
Both, these theories I rejected. Thu
sound, whadever It was, had originaterl
close ait hiand.
It came again. This time I was cor
tain ihnt it was hot (lue to footfall)
as I had at first conjectured. I was
able, too, to locate more closely the
direction from which it came. The
wind~ow at the foot of the bed stood
open, and the sound seemed to float
in from somewhere outside. I hurried
over to the wvindowv and thr-ust my
head out. At fIrxst 'I could see noth
lag, but even ns I looked a white armi
thrust forth from an adjacent windowu
on the same floor. It held a riding
crop and reaching out as far as wvas
possible it rapped three times on the
sill of my wvindow.
It dlawnedl on ame at once that the
windlow next must belong to the Brad.
ford apartmenat. It must bO Miss
Bradford trying to signal to me.
"Hello," I called out softly.
"Oh, is that you, Mr. Nelson?" a re
Iloeved voice whi spe(redl. "I thoug~ht
you would never lhear. I must set
"Wh'ly (di't you phone1 me?1"
"I couldn't. Someone might heal
"WVhat's the matter?"
-"I've hnd a nothier letter."
"-rm t hose meni in the park?"
"I suippoise s0."
"Tell mie about it."
"I can't ntow. Can you meet mu
somiewher'e t onuorrow?7"
"Wherever you say."
"Do you ride ?"
"TIR be in the cross lane that leads
from McGowan's Pass tavern between
eight and eight-thirty."
"I'll be there."
Whether or not she heard me I did
not know. She withdrew quickly
from the room as if someone had en
tered. I waited there in the window
for it full hour in case she should wish
to communicate with me again.
By and by the light In her window
was extinguished, but even then I sat
there at the window adjoining, hoping
in vain that she would seek to renew
When at last I got into bed I was
in a jubilant mood. I had quite for
given Miss Bradford for cutting me
when she met me in company with her
mother and sister. It was enough for
me to know that when trouble again
threatened her she had decided to
trust in mc and had sought my aid.
I fell asleep at last and slept for I
do not know how long. Opening my
eyes in the darkness I seened to fee
the presence of someone in the room.
There was the sound of footfalls some
where-muflied, seemingly some dis
tance oft. I was almost certain I
could detect muttered words. In a
curious detached state of mind I list
cied, wondering whether I was awake
or asleep. The footsteps seemed to
come closer, then reeede. The w his
pering noise ceased. I sprang up, and
hastily lighting up all the rooms, ex
plored them thoroughly. There was
As I Read it I Stood There Aghast.
no evidence nnywlere of anyone's
presence. As I lay there thinking
about it, I decided that my illusion
must have been a dream, due to my
thought . i rappings when I first
had heard Miss . Brad ford's signal.
I was still thinking about my expe.
uiePce when I awOSV early the neix
morning. Springing Ilglitly out o1
bed, I stopped in utter bewilderment
There, in the center of the room or
the floor lay a small white folded sli
of paper. It could not have been f
dream, after all. I had heard foot
steps and whispers. I had not Inag
ined it. Someone had been in th4
room whilo I sJgt, There was thi
proof, the note they had dropped.
Wonderlag if- Miss Bradford lia
found still another unusual way o:
connmunieating with me I hastened t<
pick up the folded paper that lay o
the floor. On the outside it bore min
name, in typewriting, "Mr. SpUldin)
With cager fingers I unfolded th<
paper, wondering what message it con
tainied. As I read it, I stood thuer
aghast. It ran:
- "Why didn't you tell the polica
-about the pearls?"
(To .be egntinuled.)
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Alleged Assailant and Kidnapper of
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