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VOLUME XXXV. LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 1920. NUMBER 43
go" 11O Jo."s irwin Myew
(Continiued frmi Last Week.)
CTTAPTlEr TV.At'hara tells Nelsen
her sister Claire hM: some years before
made a rutinaway 'ratiage with an ad
venturer, from Who le was soon parted
and the marriage Ulled. Claire ia ei
gaged to be marrl dnd someone linow
ing of her escapade 'li stolen doctiments
concerning the affalr from the .Bradford
apartment and deMands a largo sum of
money for their return, threatening to
forward them to Clairo's flance if the de
mands are not met. Neither iBarbara nor
her lslter have the nioney to satisfy the
demands. She tells. Nelson she has iaso
heard mysterious sdunds in the flat. They
agree to meet frnquently.
"Did you have ten thousand Uith
you that night I first met you?"
She shook her head.
"We haven't tcin thousand dollars
in the world. OutAide of our furniture
and our Jewels aid our motor, we
have very little. If all the bills we
owe were paid, we'd have almost noth
ing at all."
"Walnt (dd you propose doing when
you met the man-or men?"
"I didn't know.. 1, was going to try
to plead with theoj to give me the pa
pers. I would have promised anything
to have gotten them back."
"But the 1mn-the men--might
have harmed you.'"
She smiled incredlulously.
"Hardly. There was little danger
of their attacking me there !i the
park s.n nanr the Avenu., with people
ca-ui4 uty passing, and I esides, I car
She roached ngnin into the pocket
of her habit and brought forth a
"It was Diad'i," l'o said. "le
taught me to shoot with it, though I
don't think either of uts thought then
there would come a time when I might
"WVhat did the last note say?"
"I Iere it is."
This was written and folded as the
others had been, on the most ordinary
kind of writing paper. It read:
"Unless we get the Imoniey Wednes
day, Thayer gets the papers Thursday.
"But the Man-the Men-Might Have
- Harmed You."
No wedding then for yours. Same
bench at six-thirty."1
"What canl I do0 about It?"
"I'll go In your place," I suggested.
"Ohl, no, I couldn't permit that."
"Let me explain," I hastened to say.
"'I'm In this mystery as deep as you
are. Oisly last night I discovered that
all the Gaston jewels which had been
left In my custody are gone."
"Not s l" she er.e. "The -
"But done aouth Mtae-Migh notafe
"oasytHametd ou.e f h
bec at oncthity.
"Whastaed It 10 hard it?" xpa
my actons itount perig thert."
"hlet mis0exai,"e storyndthou am.t
ting in this mytryo aso dee was most
ae oI lmae nihet of discovredsthat
tat th wasaong manel whic hfa bee
seftinm storgd are dgre." Ye
"Noth hsdoglen me sher cofd. Tee.- I
tweens I reied "the egnnig."
- Ituthy, thy oace ort twe huraed
thoesadeparturrs, atlleast andt hargeo
hNas eto hav itolh ooo them,1ee
eitatd detai as thar reaon expla
not gone with them, my debt to the
She (d(d not seem greatly interested
in the first part of my narrative but
When I began tolliig of the proposi
tion the Gastonls had made to me apd
of the IysterWiolus warnings each of
them had separately given me, I could
see her interest kindling.
"There is something wrong in that
apartment hou.se," she explained. "We
have had nothing but trouble ever
since we lived there. I wonder it
there is anything in the theory that
evil deeds make bad karma, which
reads its effects all about. I know
I feel there is a sinister atmosphere
about the whole place."
"I'm beginning to feel It, too," I said
I told her then ot' my unexpected
and unwarranted discharge without
explanation the da y before.
"How do you account for it?" she
"You must have some enemy, some
malicious person, who has spread
some terrible tie about you."
"I haven't any enemy in the world,"
I replied, yet even as I spoke there
flashed across my mind the malevolent
glance the scar-faced man had given
rue in the restaurant a few evenings
"I wonder," said Miss Bradford
thoughtfully, "if the snme people who
are.trying to blackmail us are not try
ing to involve you with us in some
"Why should they?"
"They may have been watching and
have seen you enter the house with
me twice. They may think that you
and I are friends and that you were
there in the park purposely that first
"Even so," I replied, "that doesn't
I pulled from my pocket the note
I had found on the floor of my bed
roomi and showed It to her.
"Whero did you get that?" she
gasped in astonishment.
"Last night I heard footsteps and
whispers. I thought at the time I
was dreaming. This morning I found
this note on the floor."
"You heard whispers," she cried ex
citedly, "whispers that seemed to
come from up nenr the ceiling?" &
"I thought I heard them. I wasn't
"I know, she said, shuddering.
"Irve heard them-twice."
We looked at each othei despairing
ly. We both of us realized that we
must be surrounded with some potent
ewtl forces working to accomplish our
ruin. The motive in the anonymous
letters that Miss Bradford had been
reeeivir', had plainly been blackmail.
But what was the motive in my own
ease? Why had someone stolen the
Onston pearls and then In an anony
mous letter to me spoken of the theft?
I wondered, too, if the successful at
tempt to discredit me at my place of
business had not originated from the
same mysterious source.
Was my grent-uncle Rufus to blnne?
The suspicion of hii rose in my
mind and would not be (owned. I re
called the unusual pretext on which
he had sent for me after having pid
no attention to my existence for nearJ
ly a year. I recalled his curious warn
ing and that of his aged wife. I re
memberell that they had insisted qn
leaving the jewels behind against my
urgings, and that they had beenI in
sistent on my having the combination
of the safe. Could it be possiblie that
they also had some grudge against the
ilradfords, their neighbors, and., in
some way had got hold of Claire Brad-.
"I think you said," I asked Mdiss
Bradford, "that your family and the
Gastons were not acquainted in any
"No," she replied, "we don't know
them at all. Why do you ask that?"
"I was wondering if it could be pos
511b1e that my great-uncle Itufus could
have-had any hand in all this. ie's
a queer, secretive o1ld chap."
"It's probable that he and my father
might have known each other. Both
were in business hero in the city for
many years. I never remember,
though, of hearing Dad speak of him
wait, yes, I did once."
"When was that?"
"It must have been six or eight
vo cn. Thar-a was somethlag in
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