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VOLUME XXXV. LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 1920.
(Cointied fronm Last, Veek.)
"Let ime g1 p1c : gle me go."
1 plnced h tr In a cluir. ni d still
Ieping a tiglit hold ol one of her
arimis, stii helr, debating what to
(10. Wiait dileiratemtive cotil<
have driveil t1his glil to tlie daing
jotitrIiey across the niarrow leie by
whleh shle h1n-1 gain1ed nvce!Ss to mly
qIuaIr ter s ? Was She, T wotlleredl. onive
more in the 11) i m i'r of' HIt evil x.I
lusihnnl fC iers, driven by fea r of himl)
to sich d"setat 'eeds.
"Let Ime :to..." .ho monn.led nnn
"Not util1 yoiui tell mII, whiat you
were IdIig in tuy ioois," I un:-IVere(d
"I did not know Ithere was nn one
here. I thoutiht the apartient was
Vacillit. I toliglit the (istontis were
"'Bu1t why did you cOlie?"
"I en n't teil Itlat",' sie 'onned. "I
can't! I ean't !"
"You inlst," I repelited. "I aim go
ing to keep yoi here uotil you d tell
"You miast not keep me here," she
said. IT don't wtint my people to know
about Iny havling been here. You look
like a gentleman. Please lot ue go."
"Doesn't An ria rnt-doesn't your als.
ter know you nre here?"
At my mention of her sister's rinnie
an expressIon of amazement escaped
"Wh are you?" she naked excited
ly. "How did you know who I was?"
"I- nn a friend .of your sister," I
answered. "She will tell you who 1
am. You must trust me. I fegl I have
a right to know what you are doing
here. Won't you tell me?"
A strange look came into her ejes
and she shook her head.
"You wouldn't understand. I was
trying to trace the whispers."
"The whispers I" I cried excitedly.
"You have heard them, too?"
"Often," she said. "I heard them
tonight. Mother and Barbara were
oult to the theater. They scerned to
come from near the ceiling in my sits
ter's room. They seeimed to vanish
in the direction of this room. I
thought there was no one here. I de..
cided to creep along the ledge and see
if I could trace them."
"And did you suicceed?"
She shook her head.
"When I first came in this room I
could still hear then. They seemed
to be coning fron up near the ceiling.
I got up on a chair end put my ear
to the wall to listen. Then they
stopped altogether and then-you
Came In. May I go now-hefore my
mother cones home?"
"On oie condition," I answered,
"that you tell your sister aibotit your
haiivlng bieen her'e."
"I'll tell her if you wish mec toa," she
repliedl, "an' now, please may I go?
Cloubl y' 3ou let tme out or 3 -mtr door'?
See, I brought a key to ou' apertmett
with mhe. I don't think T dard' make
thait tri) necross the ledge tonighit."
As I es'or'tedl her to thle dloor, mry
mind in a whIrl over the events of the
evenIng, I suddenlhy remnemberdd how
imortannt it was thant I should see her
sister for' a long talk before I kept
my applointm ient with Oornman.'
"Tell your sister," I saidi to ClaIre
Bradfordl as shte depar'ted, "tlint it is
itmplert'ive that sh~e meet ime at lumh
eon tomorrow. I have news~ of the
utmost untportnnee-news t at con
cen all of us. Trel her to meot me
at the Astor at one. She mu ~t come."
"I'll tell her," she replied.
It was the next eening th',at I made
my astoundhing discovery, When pure
chance led me plump into twyhat both
Barbara Bradford and I trecognized
at ce as our first real clue to the
mysteries surrounding us.
My find cnic uniexpectefilly at the
endi of aun exciting day. As may be
imagined I slept little in'j the hours
following my unexpected m eeting with
Claire Bradford in my roon s, coming
as it dlid right on top o. Detective
Gorman's revelations as to ho identity
of the telephone girl. Colupled with
these circuimstances was t ie fact that
if my hopes were realiacid, Barbara
would be within a very few hours
lunching with me for the rat time.
I just had to see her b tore I met
German. The tale I was t unfold to
him was so improbable, so alpnost un
believable, that I wanted to\ go ove it
~on Irwm i Myers
able to coivilce Ithe* e4(' 'tve that it
wa*:s IIth( nbsoluell truthi .
I could Iot help but realize ho".
prepost6I'oVus It wul und141 in tihe
bhimelld f'or beivin ihntl : v m1ind Ini
heen latinin11ed by witn~eSSingw too manly
Imovie thl4P 4i5er. Yot I h1l 41pr(of.
Tliere vere 1w la (ntris In my gr'ent
unch''s d111ry 1t0 I Could slow. I inj(
the 44n(on1y 4ous 1n41tes. My story of the
s1r1n-.9I' whisiers, Ir inved he, e(ml 1e
con1)1-med IIy I he (1ld IIIa1undress, by
B1rm1:-:1 1Ira1(lford, y , and by CIiIre,
too. That is, if the reason (hire had
gin onerount for her preilence InI
my room was the true olie. it sou(nded
logI , a1n11 yet I (d iot pne il the
coniblice in her that I did in liaibarn.
liut whi I relied on most of all to
convince Gormatn of the truth of 14y
prelosteroius f1de was his own knowl
edge of wlo the telephone girl was.
Just wheni I hn( reachei the dedue
tioni tlt the hand ploiting against
Its must live a Condjutor In the build
Ing, he hiad come forward with the
knowledge that pointed toward the
parson ilost apt to be involved.
I was pondering it all over lit my
naind as I left the house to meet lIar
b:tra. I wIs out on4 the street aind
just turning the corner when I reieil
hered that I hld spent Iost of the
money in my pocket the night'before.
1Retracing 4ny steps, I returned to my
apartment and took some bills from
their hiding-place in the bookcase. As
I emerged into the street again, I be
Came -aware that across the sirect was
a man whose appearance seemed
vaguely familiar. As I once more
turuned the corner, walking briskly, I
glanced back for a second look at
him and was surpised to see him com
ing In my direction.
Then all at once my subconscious
mind came to my rescue. I realized
when it was that I had seen him be
fore and what made his appearance
so familiar. As I left the house not
tenl minutes ago that very ;tame man
had bden standing across the street.
As I ha(1 turned back at the corner
he had been coming in my direction
just as lie was now.
Ile must be following mue, tralling
me10, shadowing 141e. I determined to
test out my theory. At the next cor
ner I turned sharply, glancing quickly
back as I did so. Ile was still follow
IIg me, though on the other side of
the street and perhaps half a block
away. I wenit at few steps out of
sight and then stopped as if to look
in a shop w1(indow. lie came hurrying
around*. ie corner an instant later,
slowing down as soon as he spotted
me agaIn and walked On lowly puast
me as if not notleing me. I waited
until he was some1 distance beyond
and~ retrainlg m~y steps qulic(kly to the
avenue againa stopped( in theO shelter of
a buli~iling to light a cigar, pulrposely
wasting a numlbher of ma)4tces.. Ini
hardly ten seconds lhe was lback, covert
ly wvatching 1me from the other side of
There wasi1 no question abioult it. Ie
was trailing mue. lit whlo could( be0
having mie shadol(wedl? Certainly lie
was4i not in the emp1lo1y of the Israd
fords or of Detective Coriman. Either
lie must 1)0 oiie of tihe hand of plot
ters, or--I halted to voice my susi
clon, hut somlehow the t' cughit of my
great-tacie R7ufus kept obtrudling it
self. It w1old be just i I the sus5
pieious~ old muiser, if it was lie who
had planned 4411 this devilment, to put
me in a position of trust and1 then to
have 111 watchied night and~ (lay.
Whoever it was that inspired this
pursuit, I determined to lead lmy
shadowv a merry chase. Jumnping into
a taxi I bade the driver take me to
a department store. Looking back I
sawv tho shadow hastily entering an
other cab. Arrived at my dlestination
I thrust fare and tip into tihe driver's
hand and hurrying insido managed to
catch an elevator just ascending. One
flight uIp I got out a1nd redlescenlded to
the main floor by a staircase at the
rear, emnerglig thence on to a sidle
street. A secondi taxi took me to
the Twenty-eighth street sub~way sta
tion, and there, with no sign of my
pursuer, I took a tr-ala to Times
square and went to the Astor to moot
Barbara Bradford, arriving on the dot
of one. She wats there awaiting me
and we quickly found a secluded table
in one of the less conspicuous rooms.
'Tvo told Claire everything," she
said as soon as we were seated. "I
honn von'ren not ngr with ma
her. I am sorry to have frightened
"She shouldn't have gone to your
room. That's just like her, though.
"She Shouldn't Have Gone to Your
Room. That's Just Like Her,
She alwiayi acts oi the spur of the
ioonrit. She's awfully worried, too,
"We can sive her," I s.id.
"Why," site asker quickly, "what
have you learned?"
"I was convinced that they Imust
hnve soneone In the house aiding
them. I've found out who it is. It's
the telephone girl-Nellie Kelly is the
name she goes hy."
"I cain't )elieve it," cried the girl,
shocked at my statement. "She's only
a girl like myself. I have talked to
her lots of times. I'm certain there's
nothing wicked or wrong about her."
"I'm afraid there is," I explained.
"I took her out to dinner list night, to
the White Room. The house detective,
while she was off telephoning. prac
tically ordered me out of the place be
cause I was with her. She's notorida.
ier husband in Lefty Moore, a %vi
known burglar. He's in Sing Sing
now. Detective Gorman arrested him.
He oughtto know."
"Oh, the poor girl," exclaimed Miss
Bradford, tears welling up in her eyes.
"I'm so sorry for her."
- "But think of yotl sister, Think
what they are trying to do with Miss
"But how do yon know she's aiding
"I don't know It. But I do know that
nohody could pull off all the things
that have been happening in the
Granddeck without some one there
helping them. We've found someone
used to helping criminais-a criminal's
wife. Isn't that enough? All we need
to do now is to watch her closely
and fasten the thing on her."
"Ilow are you going to do that?"
"That's why I insisted on your con
ing here today. I am to meet Detective
Gorimiian at three. I feel that lie could
nid us, am I think wo ought to tell
"Tell the police!" Iler face grew
white at the thought. "Woulin't that
inean a s(indal-the newspapers and
all that sort of thing?"
I shook my head decisively.
"Gorinan's not with th' pollee now.
Ile is (mii pioyed as i hotel detective.
But he is just thie tan 1- we need. o h1l I
us. Ile knows till abouift ('riminiais and1(
how to t rack the'to. With his ol we
catn guickly cienr th le who le tinig ftp."
''Will you have to tel1lhimt every
t hi ng-aboiut ('Clire's tmarringe?"'
"W~e've either got to t'il himit every
thinig or not hing."'
"Ohlm ,howv I wvishi we dlid not hiave to.
Theii more eleflI there ire who' kniow
about i tigs thle mtore Ii kely they arte
Ito becoiie publie."'
"Yet yo tusted file With your ss.
IShe gave mec a quick 81lanmce of crGa
" (u'e ifierent."
mimafal most people would not
agree with you. They wouhl~ regard
mte as a worthless, discredlited young
fellowv out of a job)."
"But it's not y'outr fauilt."
"Tho point is," I wenit on, "that we
have reached a place where we need
expert adlvice. ior'man hats fortuitone-I
ly tfurned uip to give it. Th'io only way
is to tell him i everything."
For a monment she dehnted thme mat
ter silently, her pretty forehend puck
Cred in thou gh t.
I"Yes," she said at last, "I sutppose
it is the onily way3. Bfut wvon't lhe wuanlt
a lot of money for his services?"
"I'll attenld to that," I ans-wered.,
"I'll make my great-uncle reward him
handsomely for recoverling the Gaston
"If ho does."
"Hie nmust. We've got to get them
Fromn her hand-bag she produced
the anfofnous letters srhe had re
ceived and handed them to me.
"Will you want to show the detective
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