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MYSTERY. INVOLVING STARTLING INCIDE
COMPLICATIONS &, ADVENTURES
ty ANNA KATMERINE GREEN.
_ X^ AUTHOR. OS- A .
>Mt LCAVCN WORTH CA&tj ft t MINO CLOSE & DOOR> tTQ.
Shi ftint; from New York City to
little Connecticut town of Sit ford,
tVe mein thread of THE CHIEF
LEGATEE it there unwound through
n enulutude of perplexing personalities
and amazing phases. You come to
and then disbelieve in Mrs.
a suicidal plunge into the
Devil's Cauldron; you*believe and then
that Mrs. Ransom*s deaf
sister, Anitra Hazen, it really
Ransom herself; you are die
by the apparent utter selfishness
and brutality of Alfred Hazen. and
Ilsen astounded by evidences of his
Wavery and complete unselfishness; you
admire the atfection of Roger .Ransom
lor hit wife, and hit loyal determina?
tion not to believe her loot to him to
long at there it the slightest sign of
hope; you are enmeshed in doubt by
signs which on one day dearly point
to certain conclusions, and then on the
day puzzled more than ever by
equally reliable signs which point
reverse way. The ending of the
it satisfactory enough,' but the
tr of this foreword it free to say
that, if ho had prepared the last chapter.
1st would have made a trill more satis?
factory conclusion, in hit judgment,
kkj simply destroying the will made in
of the unknown Auchincloss, thus
The Cause of chance either
do harm to anyone or to acquire an
Bride of Five Hours.
I HAT'8 up?"
This from the manager of
the Hotel - to hit chief
clerk. "Something wrong In
"Tea, air. I've Just aent for a de
re. You were not to be found
the gentleman la desperate. But
anxious to hare It all kept quiet;
anzious. I thtnk we can oblige
loan there, or, at least, well try. Am
I right, sir?"
-Of course, if?"
"Oh! it's nothing criminal. The
's miaalng. that's all; the lady
name you tee here."
The register lay open between
saaa; the clerk's finger, running along
in column, reated about half-way
The manager bent over the page.
- Roger J. Ransom and wife,'" he
sad out In decided astonishment
-You're right. Married to-day In
Church. A great wedding; the
are full of It. Well, she's the
sty. They registered here a few
Bftnutes before five o'clock and In ten
stauten the bride waa missing. It's
queer atory Mr. Ransom tells. You'd
tr hoar It. Ah, there's our man!
ids you'll go up with him."
'You may bet your laat dollar on
muttered the manager. And
the newcomer, he made a
meant gesture which waa all that 1
between them till they step
out on the second floor. ?
"Wanted In Room 81?" the manager
"Yea. by a man named Ransom."
"Just so. That't the door. Knock 1
rather. HI knock, for I mutt 1
hit ttory at toon aa you do. The
itation of the hotel?" I
* "Yea, yea. but the gentleman's wait*
sag. Ah! that't better." 1
The manager had just knocked.
An exclamation from within, a hur
atep, and the door fell open. The
re which met their eyes was start
Hag Distress, anxiety, and an im?
patience almost verging on frenzy, dis?
torted features naturally amiable if
"My wife." fell In a gaap from his
"We hare come to hel,. you find
her," Mr. Oerrldge calmly astured
Sana. Mr. Oerrldge was the detective.
TUIate the circumstances, sir. Tell
aa where you were when you first
?In ml her "
Mr. Ransom > glance wandered paat
Mat to the door. It was partly op*u.
manager, whose name was Loom
hastily closed It. Mr. Ransom
relief and hurried Into hit
It was to this effect:
"I waa married to-day In Grace
Church. At the altar my bride?you
ewobably know her name. Miss Qeor
Hatea wore a natural look, and
In all respects, so far at any one
g happy woman, satisfied
her choice and pleased with the
eclat and elegancies of the occasion.
Half-way down the aisle this all
changed. I remember the Instant per
tartly Her hand wat ou my arm and
1 felt It tuddenly stiffen. I waa not
alarmed, but I gave her a quick look
ggal saw that something had hap?
pened What, 1 could not at the mo?
ment determine. She didn't answer
when I spoke to her and seemed to be
mainly concerned in getting out of
the church before her emotions over?
came her. This she succeeded In do?
ing with my help; and. once In the
vestibule, recovered herself so com?
pletely, and met all my inquiries with
tuch a gay shrug of the shoulders,
that I ahould have passed the matter
over as a mere attack of nervea, If I
had not afterwards detected in her
face, through all the hurry and ex?
citement of the ensuing reception, a
strained expression not at all natural
to her. This waa still more evident
after the congratulations of a certain
guest, who, I am aure, whlapered to
her before he passed on; and when
the time came for her to go up-italrs
the waa to pale and unlike herself
that I became seriously alarmed and
aaked If she felt well enough to start
upon the journey we had meditated.
Instantly her manner changed. She
turned upon me with a look I have
been trying ever since to explain to
myaelf, and begged me not to take
her out of town to-night but to aome
quiet hotel where we might reat for
a few daya before starting on our
travels. She looked me squarely in
the eye as she made this requeet and,
aeelng In her nothing more than a
feverish anxiety lest I should make
difficulties of aome kind, I promised
to do what the asked and bade her
run away and get herself ready to go
and aay nothing to any one of our
change of plan. She smiled and
turned away towards her own room,
hot preaently came hurrying back to
aak if I would grant her one more
favor. Would I be ao good as not to
speak to her of expect her to speak
to me till we got to the hotel; she was
feeling very nervous but was sure that
a few mlnutea of complete reat would
entirely restore her; something had
occurred (she acknowledged this)
which ahe wanted to think out; would
not I grant her this one opportunity
of doing ao? It was a startling re?
quest, but the looked to lovely?par?
don me, I must explain my easy ac?
quiescence?that I gave her the as?
surance ahe wished and went about
my own preparations, somewhat dis?
concerted but still not at all prepared
for what happened afterward. I bad
abaolutely no idea that ahe meant to
Mr. Ransom paused, greatly affect?
ed; but upon the detective asking
him how and when Mrs. Ransom had
deserted him. he controlled himself
sufficiently to aay:
"Here; Immediately after that silent
and unnatural ride. She entered the
office with me and waa atandlng close
at my side all the time I was writing
our names In the register; but later,
when I turned to ask her to enter the
elevator with me, she was gone, and
the boy who was standing by with our
two bags said that she had slipped
into the reception-room across the
hall. But I cjidn't find her there or
In any of the adjoining rooms. Nor
has anybody since succeeded In find?
ing her. She haa left the building
left me, and?"
"You want her back again?"
Thia from the detective, but very
"Yes. For she was not following
her own inclinations In thus abandon?
ing me to soon after the words which
made us one were spoken. Some Influ?
ence was brought to bear on her
whloh the felt unable to rasist. I
have confidence enough In her to be?
lieve that. The rest is mystery?a
1 mystery which, I am forced to aak you
to untangle. I have neither the nec- t
oaegry calmness nor experience my- |
"But you surely have done some- ]
thing. protested Oerrldge. "Tele?
phoned to her late home or?" |
i "Oh, yet, 1 have done all that, but
With no result. She has not returned
' to her old home. Her uncle has Just
been here and he is as much mysti?
fied by the whole occurrence as I am.
He could tell me nothing, absolutely
"Indeed! and the man, the one who
whispered to her during the recep?
tion, couldn't you learn anything
Mr. Ransom's face took on an ex?
pression almost ferocious.
"No. He's a stranger to Mr. Fulton;
Mr. Fulton's niece introduced him to
me as a relative."
"A relative? When was that?"
"At the reception. He was intro?
duced as Mr. Hazen (my wife's maid?
en name, you know), and when 1 saw
how his presence disturbed her, I
said to her. 'A cousin of yours?' and
aha antwered with very evident em?
barrassment, 'A relative;*?which
you must acknowledge didn't locate
him very definitely Mr. Fulton doesnt
know of any auch relative. And I
don't believe he It a relative. He
didn't tit with the reet of the family
In the church."
"Ah! you aaw him In the church."
-Yea. I noticed htm for two rea?
sons. First, because he occupied an
end teat and ao came directly under
my eye In our paaaage down the alale.
Secondly, because hit face of all those
which confronted me when I looked
for the cauae of her audden agHat'on,
was the only one not turned towards
her Iq curiosity or interest. Hit eyet
were fixed and vacant: his only. That
made him conspicuous and when I
saw him again I knew him."
"Describe the man."
Mr. Ransom's face lightened up
with an expression of strong satis?
"I am going to astonish you," said
, he. "The fellow is so plain that chil?
dren must cry at him. He has suf?
fered some injury and his mouth and
jaw have such a twist in them that the
whole face is thrown out of shape. So
you see," continued the unhappy
bridegroom, as his eyes flashed from
the detective's face to that of the
manager's, "that the influence he ex?
erts over my wife is not that of love.
No one could love him. The secret's
I of another kind. What kind, what,
j what, what? Find out and I'll pay
you any amount you ask. She la too
j dear and of too sensitive a tempera
, ment to be subject to a wretch of his
appearance. I cannot bear the
. thought It stifles, it chokes me; and
yet for three hours I've had to endure
It. Three hours! and with no pros?
pect of release unless you?"
I "Oh, Ml do something," was Ger
i ridge's bland reply. "But first I must
, have a few more facts. A man auch
; aa you describe should be easy to
find; easier than the lady. Ia he a
"Dark or light?"
"None. That's why the injury to
his Jaw shows so plainly."
i "I see. Ia be what you would call
I "Tea, I must acknowledge that He
ehowa the manners of good society, if
he did whisper words Into my wife's
ear which were not meant for mine."
"And Mr. Fulton knows nothing of
"Well, we'll drop him for the prea
ent. You have a photograph of your
"Her picture was in all the papers
"I noticed. But can we go by it?
Does It resemble her?"
"Only fairly. She Is far prettier.
My wife la something uncommon.
No picture ever does her Justice."
"She looks like a dark beauty. Ia
her hair black or brown?"
"Black. So black it has purple
- shades in it"
"And her eyea? Black too?"
"No, gray. A deep gray, which look
black owing to her long lashes."
"Very good. Now about her dress.
Describe it aa minutely aa you can. It
was a bride's traveling costume, I sup?
"Yea. That la, I presume so. I
know that it was all right and suita?
ble to the occasion, but I don't re?
member much about it I was think?
ing too much of the woman in the
gown to notice the gown itself."
"Cannot you tell the color?"
"It was a dark one. I'm sure It was
a dark one, but colors are not much
In my line. I know she looked well?
they can tell you about it at the
house. All that I distinctly remember
is the veil she had wound so ? tly
around her face and hat to keep the
rice out of her hair that I could not
get one glimpse of her features. All
nonsense that veil, especially when I
had promised not to address her or
even to touch her in the cab. And
she wore it into the office. If It had
not been for that I might have fore?
seen her intention in time to prevent
"Perhaps she knew that."
"It looks as if she did."
"Which means that she was medi?
tating flight from the first."
"From the time she saw that man,"
Mr. Ransom corrected.
"Just so; from the time she left
ber uncle's house. Your wife la a
woman of means, I believe."
"It makes her independent and of?
fers a lure to irresponsible wretches
I ''Her fortune is large, then?"
"Very large; larger than my own."
Every o^e knew Mr. Ransom to be
1 a millionaire,.
I "Left her by her father?"
"No, by some great-uncle, I believe,
who made his fortune in the Klon
I "And entirely under her own con?
1 Entirely so,"
I "Who Is her man of business?"
"Edward Harper, of ? Wall street"
1 "He's your roan. He'll know soon?
er or later where she Is."
i "Yea, but later won't do. I must
know to-night: or. If that Is Impos?
sible, to-morrow. Were it not for
the mortification It would caupe her I
should beg you to pui on all your force
and ransack the city for this bride o!
five hours. But such publicity is too
The detective looked thoughtful.
The problem had Its difficulties.
"Are those hers?" he asked at last,
pointing to the two trunks he saw
standing against the wall.
"Yes. I had them brought up, In
the hope that she had slipped away
on some foolish errand or other and
would yet come back."
"By their heft I judge them to be
full; how about her handbag?"
"She had only a small bag and an
umbrella. They are both here."
1 "The colored boy took them at the
door. She went away with nothing In
i Qerrldge glanced at the bag Mr.
Ransom had pointed out, fingered it,
then asked the young husband to
I He did so. The usual articles and
indispensable adjuncts of a nice worn
j an'a toilet met their eyes. Also a
1 pocketbook containing considerable
money and a case holding more than j
"If he whet yon world call * gentleman?"
one valuable Jewel.
The eyes of the officer and manager ?
met in ill disguised alarm.
"She must have been under the
moat violent excitement to slip away j
without these," suggested the former, j
"I'd better be at work. Give me two j
hours," were his parting words to Mr. |
Ransom. "By that time I'll either be !
back or telephone you. You had bet- 1
ter stay here; she may return. Though .
I don't think that likely," he muttered
M he passed the manager.
At the door he stopped. "You can't i
tell me the color of that veil?"
"Look about the room, sir. There's
lots of colors in the furniture and
hangings. Don't you see one some
where that reminds you of her veil or
even of her dress?" ,
The miserable bridegroom looked
up from the bag into which he was
still staring and, glancing slowly
around him, finally pointed at a chair
upholstered in brown and impulsively
The veil was like that; I remember
now. Brown, isn't it? a dark brown?"
"Yes. And the dress?"
"I can't tell you a thing about the
dress. But her gloves?I remember
something about them. They were so
tight they gaped open at the wrist
Her hands looked quite disfigured. I
wondered that so sensible a woman
should buy gloves at least two sizes
too small for her. I think she was
ashan cd of them herself, for she tried
to hide them after she aaw me look?
"This was in the cab?" |
"Where you didn't speak a word?"
"Not a word."
"Though she seemed so very much
"No, she didn't seem cut up; only
"She sat with her head pressed
against the side of the cab."
"And a little turned away?"
"As if she shrank from you?"
"A little so."
"Did she brif.' ten when the car?
"She started upright."
"Did you help hor out?"
"No, I had promised not to touch
"She jumped out after you?"
"And never spoke?"
"Not a word."
Gerrldge opened the door, motioned
for the manager to follow, and, once
in the hall, remarked to that gentle?
"I ahould like to see the boy who
took her bag and was with them when
she slipped away."
The Lady in Number 3.
|HE boy was soon found and
proved to be more observing
in matters of dress than Mr.
Ransom. He described with
apparent accuracy both the color and
cut of the garments worn by the lady
who had flitted away eo mysteriously.
The former was brown, all brown; and
the latter was of the tailor-made varie?
ty, very natty and becoming. "What
you would call 'swell, " was the com?
ment, "If her walk hadn't spoiled the
hang of It How she did walk! Her
shoes must have hurt her most un?
common. I never did see any one
"How's that? She hobbled, and her |
busband didn't notice it?"
"Oh, he had hurried on ahead. She
was#behind him, and she walked like !
The pantomime was highly expres?
"That's a point," muttered Gerrldge.
Then with a sharp look at the boy:
"Where were you that you didn't no?
tice her when she slipped off?"
"Oh, but I did. sir. I was waiting
for the clerk to give me the key, when
I aaw her step back from the gentle
man'a aide and, looking quickly round
to aee If any one was noticing her,
slide off into the reception-room. I
thought she wanted a drink of water
out of the pitcher on the center-table,
but If she did, she didn't come back
after ehe had got it. None of na ever
aaw her again."
(To Be Continued.)
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