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t$Z?tU 9".a. cap!ta2it eoatatts
Mrtiac aoonj-roous tleateninr mters he
itoitm. x erst promises a aisnie
rronj a r-ortni- f e?r?wi wh!i lit
ter Is la the room. Clyde y.a a theory
'nt the porlrsJt vu mctUatei while the
room waj unoccupied aad the fces-1 lter
reaiijT5 by roe an cf a frtcc anaoUc4
cr Cameron. Eielfn Gm me Cameron's
niece, with hon Clj-de l "" Im finds
the head of Cameron's porra!t caile-d to
tree, where It waj had been used a a
jariret. Clrde pledgee Evelra te secrecy.
Clyde learn that a CWnee 1c-t enp'.oved
or Phtlat-js llnrphr. an artit Ui-lar
tiearhr, had borrowed a rifle fros Caia-eroat-
lodrekeepr C"vdf tnaket aa ex-
MM ,h ...1, . UW ... m. ...l..
He pretends to be lBTuctir.r aiiered
J.V52.,f!n.?, lh ? u"'. JJ peaks
t the tree where Cameron's portrait
tnrsnA "TV, rMr. i 1 fiwrn-l
ed next moraine While vlsltlr.e Cam
eron la Ms drelcr room a NJ Owynae
mirror It arsrsterloiulr ahattered. Cameron
oecotae serlouslr 111 as a retail of the
aoct. The third letter appears mysteri-oralj-
oa Cameroa's tick bed. It makes
ct threats utimt the life cf Cameron.
Crd tells Cameron the envelop waa
T'tT He tells ETelyn eTerrtf',-r.: and
rlstts to take Cameron on a yacht trip
The yacht picks up a fisherman found
rtfttac helplessly la a boat He aires
the name of Johcsiea. Cameron disap
pears from yacht while Clyde's back-'ls
tcrae-i. A fruitless search 1s made Mr a
motor boat seen by the captain Ju. t be
fore Cameron disappeared. Johnson Is al
lowed to to after belne closely questioned.
ETelyn takes the letters to an expert In
Chlne literature, who pronounce them
of Chinese or! sin. Clyde seeks assistance
from a Chinese fellow colle student,
who recoir-mends him to Tip Pine, most
prominent Chinaman In New Tork. The
latter pro-nlees to seek Information of
Cameron imonr hla countrymen. Amonc
Cameron's tetter la found one from one
Addison, who speaks of seeing Cameron
!n Pekln. Cameron had frequently de
elarea to Clyda that he had never been In
China. Clyde call on Dr. Addison.
r CHAPTER XIII. Continued.
"This isn't anything like berl-bert.
If It. doctor?" I begnn. My Ideas of
the disease I mentioned were of the
haziest character. I knew, however,
that It was common In the Orient, and
thither I would lead him.
"Oh. no, Mr. Clyde," he answered,
uavely enough, now. "Perl-berl Is
merely the eastern name for multiple
neuritis. You haven't a neuritis or
you would know it. 1 saw a great deal
of beriberi in China and on the Malay
"Do I remember to have heard Cam
eron say he contracted It in the east?"
I asked, plunging for a connection.
"I don't recall that Cameron ever
bad It," waa Ms response. And then
his brow grew thoughtful. "Are you
sure he told you that he had; and that
be was attacked while In In Asia?"
t noted his hesitation over fixing the
plate, and wondered. At all events I
had arrested his Interest Purposely
I adopted a tone of uncertainty.
"N-n-no. 1 can't say definitely But
I bad an Impression that " And there
I paused. When I continued It was
with the direct question "Do you bap
pen to know, doctor, whether Cameron
was ever in Peking? It seems to me
it waa "
"I do know that he was In Peking,"
he Interrupted, almost savagely. "He
waa tn Peking. In September, 1903. To
be exact, he was there on the four
teenth day of that month. I have rea
son to know It a particular reason
to know It."
After all, bow easily the Information
1 craved had come to mel And yet
I would have been glad 'o hear the
contrary: for Cameron bad assured
Be, In all solemnity, that he bad never
keen in China, and It jarred upon my
conception of the man's character to
discover that be had tried to deceive
Be. 1 could only conclude that his
purpose was praiseworthy. Dut Dr.
Addison had net finished.
"Tell me!" he was demanding, ea
gerly. "Tell mel I have excuse for
asking. Has he ever admitted to you
that he was there?"
"Now I come to think of It," I re
turned, "he hasn't. But I had the in
formation from some one, I am pretty
With an effort the physician com
manded himself. When he spoke again
be was comparatively composed.
"M. Clyde." he said apologetically,
"1 as not given to discussing personal
Batters with my patients, but the fsct
that you and Cameron are friends,
and the fact that this subject has
come up, make it almost imperative,
I suppose, that 1 should explain brief
ly tke feeling I have just exhibited.
fits) years ago Rob Cameron and 1
Vtr about as near counterparts of
Daon and Pythias m ever existed.
While Cameron was ta Europe. I had
xn opportunity to go around the world
with a pattest. W dawdled a food
t deal, and. you understand how- uncer
tAJa correspondence 1 undsr those
1 clrcnastasce. 1 never bw just
where I ihould be at any pi Tea time.
Consequently, a number of letters
were missed by both of us. I xn atlll
thinking of Cameron aa In England or
on the European continent, when lo
aad behold, 1 saw blm one xnornlnf.
hurrying alone the principal itreet of
the Inner city of Peking 1 dont
know whether yon haTe eTer been
there or not. but If you haTe, yoa
know what that thoroughfare la. It
was ill bustle and actlTit.T that day.
asd about at crowded at Broadway at
the noon hour, but with much more
picturesque and contrasting currenta
of Individual! and vehicles. I waa
In a carriage, myself, and Cameron
was afoot, walking in the opposite
direction At wa passed each other.
did not seem to see tne, though 1
called to him loudly. This, howeTer.
did not surprise me. for there was an
ungodly racket In progress. Instantly.
I had the carriage turned about, but
before 1 could overtake h m. he was
l0,t ,a lb crowd. I was leaving Pe-
ting mat axternoon, and so had no
,'kaac to look him up I wrote him
alterwards and told him of the lncl
dent, aad how 1 regretted having to
go away without exchanging at least
a word with him. To my amazement
he not otly denied having been in
Peking, but In the Chine-; empire at
all Vhen we met In London, the fol
lowing spring, and I recalled the mat
ter. aklng why he had refused to
admit what 1 knew to bo the truth.
j he became Idly Indignant, and that
, was the beginning of the end. If I
' had conceded the possibility of mis
take on my part, all might have been
well, 1 suppose; but there was no such
possibility I had known Cameron for
twenty-odd years, and I could not have
made an error. I had seen him dis
tinctly, clearly, at midday In the open.
It -was he beyond all peradventure,
and from that time to this I have been
unable to conceive why he lied to me,
and why he chose to end our friend
ship rather than admit what was In
His explanation finished, he reached
for a pen. and, as he dipped It in the
Ink. he added -
"I trust you will pardon me, Mr.
Clyde. I have detained you."
"You have interested me," I assured
hln. "And that more than I can tell
fcyou." Which was quite true; yet I
was even more perplexed than inter
ested. To the maze of circumstances
there was now added another baffling
Dr. Addison handed me the prescrip
tion be had written.
"After meals, and at bedtime," be
directed, with a return to his profes-
slonal manner. "If you do not find j
yourself much better at the end of
a week, come in again."
On the sidewalk I tore the little ,
square of paper into bits which the
wind carried In a tiny flurry across
The Dark of Doyers 8treet.
At one o'clock that day. Evelyn
Grayson Joined me at luncheon ,
Sherry's. She had been in no mood '
to wait any longer than wa. absolutely
necessary for tidings of my vlstt to
Dr. Addison; and, moreover, she had
news of her own which she was
anxious to convey to me.
I have often wondered why It
that the I-told-you-so passion is inher
ent in all women. There are those . 7"",.V " " r, 7.1 rrfcln... ing from a lighted, peopled, nolsv pub
who manage to control It with ad-1 "l.!L,I,l?J.nA.a-eR..V. -.f LrUln?": ' lie street Into the collied doom and
mlrablo success under average circum
stances, but soooner or later, even the
most courageous battlers against this
maternal heritage succumb and in-1
dulge in a sort of disguised orgy of
Evelyn might have told me, for In
stance, that Captain MacLeod, after
careful Investigation, had been unable
to discover either hair or hide of Pe
ter Johnson In Gloucester or else
where, and stopped there. That Is
what a man would bnve done. But
altogether admirable though she was,
the eternal feminine was strong with
in her. Therefore It was Incumbent
upon her to add:
"It doesn't surprise me, Philip.
When you told me how you picked
that man up, I was confident that he
7". flXS "l tin..TUr P"th I
I had no inclination to dispute the I
poiiu wiuj aer. iiiat was tne most
painful part of It I knew that she
wa. rigtt that In putting Peter John
son ashore. Instead of In irons, I bad
committed an error that might prove
Irremediable. But why couldn't she
see that I realized it, and was smart
ing under my owu condemnation, and
so have spared me this added torture
of hers? Why? Because she was her
mother's daughter That is the only
As for my Interview with "Pythias"
Addison, we discussed It In all Its
phases, without reaching anything
like a definite conclusion. Taking ev
erything into consideration the evi
dence certainly teemed convincing
that Cameron, in spite of bla denials,
bad been in China In 1903. And yet
we could cot reconcile this with that
I ttaiMt facade! Ioyo of truth which
we knew to be bla.
"Couldn't Dr. Addison haTe been
mistaken" Erelyn asked.
"It Is possible, of course," 1 an
swered. "Tet Cameron's face and fig
ure are not of a common type Be
sides. I don't believe lc doubles, I
have beard of so-called wondssrful like-
cesses, but I have cever seen any that
would deceive a friend of twenty
A little later she Inquired whether
the detective engaged to shadow Phi
tetus Murphy had furnished a report.
"Yes," I told her, "It came In my
morning's mall. Murphy Is still at
Cos Cob. He didn't leave his bunga
low all day yesterday, and he had
"I'm crazy to know what you learn
tonight from Tup Sing," she went on.
I eagerly. "Oh. how 1 do hope It will
give us some hlntl It seems ternoie
to think of Uncle Robert In the hands
cf those unconscionable Chinamen.
And. Philip, don't you think you had
better take some one with you? I
suppose Mr Yup Is to be trusted, but
i uic uq uaic, juu QU!i reiaemoer i
jou are going into me enemy s camp.
and you should be careful
But I laughed at the notion of tak -
ing a body-guard.
"I'm to meet him at nine o'clock." I
told her. "In a public restaurant Be -
sides, there'll be a crowd of those
Seeing New York' people down there
about that time, and Chinatown will
De on Its best behavior. So never fear.
little girl. Do you want me to tele -
phone you when I get uptown? You
know rm going to stop tonight at my
rooms in the Loyalton."
"Of course I want you to telephone
me," she returned, emphatically. "It rK" ' "" " '"". 'i lumea
shouldn't take you very long to hear ia mr direction, passing almost at
what Mr Yup has to tell, should it?jone ,nt0 tbe comparatively glowing
I shall b- expecting you to call me up ' radius of the strt lamp opposite.
i between ten and half-past, or by elev -
en at th latest: .n don't dare to bo
for supper first"
"As If I could think of supper," 1
said, looking at her In a way I had.
"when I might be bearing your
Could I have foreseen what the
night was to bring forth I certainly
should have discouraged her waiting
for" my message. But the power of pre
vision Is xlven to few of us, and of
those few 1 am not one.
a..hiv t v,. 'm..MTm ..
after dining at the University club
that evening. , stepped into an elec
trie hansom and gave the driver the
address of the Dryers street re.tau -
rant Whatever it may have been In
the past. I believed the Chinatown of
the present to be. outwardly at least, a
reasonably law-abiding section ot the
borough of Manhattan. And was not
1 1 that night the guest of one of its
most honored dtlzens? What, there
' fore, had I to fear?
On the contrary, a. we turned from
the Bowery Into that little semlclrcu-1
lax thoroughfare which Is perhaps the I
most characteristic of Chinatown's
thres principal streets, I was pleas-
antly interested. This was quite a
j different place from that which I bad
visited the afternoon before. Then, a
sort of brooding quiet reigned over
what was so ordinary as to be scarce-
1r IcllnrMlr.. fnr fc. nart nf fnt
"""" """" ",
street on which the up Sing estab-
f""1 " . v ' . " ,
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of the gates of the '
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which awaken, only after nightfall.
Now the place waa alive and alight
Narrow roadway and still narrower
sidewalks were thronged with a com-1
...., , . . ". , . .
Dicnuun ui ueuucui uuu Biguiarcra.
Shop fronts and upper windows glow-
, From the Chinese theater on the left
came a bedlam ot Inharmonious
sounds: the brazen crash of cymbals,
i the squeaking of raucous stringed in-
r so una g caTgoro I '
Rong Vo,ce, hlgn.rltchd an(f volcei ,
guttural, mingled with hoarse a
strident lauyhter, echoed from wall to
wall of the street's encroaching
wall of the at
these structure, my hansom stopped.
and a. I stepped to the curb got a
Blimps, of It. banner and lantern
strung b cony, giving o tho lr..t ,
a touch of color that helped to lift it
Into an atmosphere which. If not
Oriental, wa. at least vividly un-Amer-,
Finding now that I had anticipated
I my appointment by something like ten
minute. I chose to watch further the
kaleidoscopic scene without, rather
pass the time waiting at a table
within; and to this end took up a posl.
tton of vantage on the restaurant's
Whether I am more or less keenly
observant than the average man I do
not know. Probably any one as fas
cinated by the general scene as was I,
would have noted as closely its Indi
vidual elements. I am not sure. But
the truth Is that In a very few mo
ments I had acquired a mental photo
graph of the opposite side of the
street, in so far aa It came within my
direct vision. In other words every
detail of the background of the mot.
Ing picture before me was Indelibly
printed upon my mind's retina. There
was the playhouse, with lu ni.in .. ,
ungnlar doorway, unadorned', save by Tnowfng when or f rom w"1"1
quartette of rude signs; two abor ... . t .17 f ? "" 'rora wha quar
sUn, outward, andn.'onr j .STJooS XfiTVirTS
il&t. all announcing "Chinese Thea
ter," and one giving the current at
traction In Chlpese character, with
the added notice. "Seat reserved for
Americans' To tie left of this was
a quick lunch restaurtnt. with while
painted bulk w.ndow, beneath which
a pair of cellar doors spread invitingly.
' one of them resting against a conven-
tional American milk can. On the
theater's right was a laundry, dim and
evU-looklng. two plpe-smoklng celes
tials decorating Its low step. And be
yond this was the wide ocealng to a
basement aboe which, in white
Roman letterinc on a black ground, I
' read the legend "Hip Sing Tong."
Again and again my gaze persisted
In returning to this sign und the dim
ly lighted cavern beneath It The
' place held for rre the Inexpressible,
unfathomable rearm of the mysteri
ous, beside wh.eh the heathenish
racket of the theater across the way,
the sinister aspect of the dismal laun
dry and Its pair of pipe-smoking guar
dians, even tie constantly changing
procession of varied types in roadway
and on sidewalks exerted but meager
Prom time to 'irae dark, silent fig-
it si r1l4sl vsmilr Infn vlaw mill- n
wsc u't7U "Jw;." suav nc" uui; iw
1 disappear within 'his maw of mystery
J Once. wblie I watched, I had seen a
flP"jre Usue or,b t0 b ,oet Baln ln
1 elantly ,n tn d!s!lDl &m of the
i curving street .Now. reverting once
! more t0 tWs maenet, after a moment's
' truancy, my eyes were rewarded by
I!l:nt ot no'tr slowly emerging
' torm' lbwetted nebulously against
. Al luv u"u ol liie Ble'a " Pusu,
i uncertainly, and then, Instead of glid-
' lnE swiftly away In the direction of
1 l !aw tflen tha it was a man. thin
, '" emaciauon. rouna-snouiuerea. ana
crooked limbed. Whether some one
Jostled him. or a voice from the road
way startled him, I don't know. But
for some reason he turned his head
suddenly, and the light from the lamp
; fell full upon a face, stubble-bearded,
deep-lined, and repellent, the face not
of a Chinaman but of a white man;
a face into which I bad looked but
twice, and then but for a brief mo
ment; yt a face as Indelibly flx;d In
I ffl7 memory as were the grim fronts
' b"d,n ow UnA it-the
ia8tawfar ' pretended
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away with me that I might by Inqulsl
torial torture wring from him a con
fession. Otherwise I should have
, adopted a less eager and more subtle
method of bringine the miscreant to
j book than that which I rashlv at
i tempted. Before I considered the sit-
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r, " " -' ' -, " "
.... uv..a. ..... ,l& lli'B. I11UCCU,
were at his shoulder. In the fraction
I of a second I should have had him
gripped and have been hustling him
through the crowd as my prisoner.
But at the instant of seeming success,
he eluded me. In some strange way
he caught alarm and, shrinking be
1 neath my hand, Jarted sinuously off.
i ,"1"""' " lua, "
'the Cashing speed of a lizard,
n. fh .". ,.
But. 0h he escaped my clutch.
s -re more 'nimble. WUh
tnem 1 followed him until I saw him
drop between the cellar doors which
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heed. I was plunging In pursuit down
tw. ,-,-- ., Ait,, .. .
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grim silence of a low underground
And, as misfortune would have It, I
2tt" "ofth T ?' D
ne of the treads and go sprawling
J uouub uuu Knees; wmie ft
trwift.iai. .ja.u e livening cruelly
"Z-"". . 7lJy.-,"'u .? ,nal
I o,j.a.su tto nuum iu my mifinap.
P-ne and motionless; aU Int
,pace , realed the oolhardlness o
my whole courge of act,0 Mr "err
,ntrepiditr had contributed to dli JtVr
instead of accomplishing a capture ,'
hnd cagt myief. disabled. Into The
melh of the eBemy tn
The lnkv darknen fiDd
, ..v.c . luo jjiai BUKmentea.
iMmrtnn nT inn vieiva . . .
course, my apprenension. In vain I
strained my eyes to distinguish an ob
ject, my ears to detect a sound, jet I
knew that the uncanny creature I had
followed must be close to me; lurking
possibly, with raised or pointed
weapon to mete out my fate once he
made sure of my position.
The minute It could hardly have
been more, though, as I think of It It
seemed Infinitely prolonged ended' in
a sound above and behind mo v-
(softly, carefully, some one was closing
.r. I,: """"' "-annny muffled
though It was. the faint creaking of
the hinges shattered the spell which
held me. and in spite of my tortured
ankle. I managed to gain my feet But
by now the silence reigned once again
and In the engulfing blackne.a i i..
all sense of direction.
...I ZruaZ - ' ,n? "oment was
im iuiiicuk ui tne
Deration I plucked my match bot tnm
my pocket, drew forth a match and
struck It to a blaze. As it flared fortk,
routing (be shadows in disorderly, If
but temporary, retreat, 1 tnade quick
searching survey of my dungeon. To
my amazement I was apparently quit
Relieved, In a measure at least, I
employed another match and still an
other, hobbling painfully about the
grimy, low-celled basement, In diligent
Inspection. My first thought was that
Johnson was In hiding, and having lo
cated me by my own lighted matches,
waited now only an opportunity to
throw himself upon me from behind.
But I very soon discovered that ho
bad fled. Evidently he had retraced
his steps up the rude ladder to tbo
street, closing the doors after him t
check my further pursuit
The place Into which I had followed
h-n was evidently a Chinese candy
manufactory and cake bakery. To tho
right of the entrance wore rows of
shelves containing Jars of what I
recognized aa Bweetmeats peculiar to
the celestial. In a large bowl on a
rough table or counter was the granu
lated flour with which these confec
tions are Invariably powdered; and
here, too, were boxes of round, Jumble
like cakes 1 saw now that the spaco
upon which I had fallen was so re
stricted that I wondered how it was
possible for my quarry to have reach
ed the steps and reascended without
touching me or at least acquainting
me with his movement And I mar
veled, too. that twisting my ankle as I
did. 1 had not plungpd at a slant and
struck my head upon one or another
of the crowding tables and boxes with .
blch the cramped basement was fur
nished. My third match disclosed a narrow
door In the bioad partition at the rear,
and fancying that perhaps the elusive
Peter Johnson had escaped by that
means while I was getting to my feet.
I lost no time In seeking to Investigate
what was beyond. I was somewhat sur
prised to find the door unfastened.
I Once open, it revealed a smaller, and
more crowded room, warm and fetid.
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into wnicn were pacaea na ib wu
half a dozen barrels of raw and cook
ed peanuts, arranged about a low
stove on which a peanut-Oiled caul
dron was slowly steaming.
Curiously Interesting as all this
would have ben under ordinary cir
cumstances, I experienced only a sur
prised relief, for with my injured an
kle I was in no fettle to cope with
even the weakest adversary Indeed,
now that this easement was afforded
me. my sprain suddenly asserted Itself
with renewed exacerbation, sharp
twinges of pain shooting to my knee
and demanding Instlfnt relief.
In front of the low stove 1 had no
ticed a stool, and for this I groped
with the eagerness of the drowning
man after a straw. To my Joy 1 laid
hands upon It, and drawing It nearer
sank down with a sigh of gratification
comparable only to that with which a
Marathon victor drops to earth after
a hotly-contested race.
Gradually, now that my weight was
removed, the pain lessened, and a
sense of comfort ensued Content
ment enfolded me. which, if I thought
of it at all. I attributed, I suppose, to
the reaction from the agony which I
had Just been suffering. I remember
thinking that I would rest a few min
utes and then take my departure as I
had entered, for I realized that cellar
doors ari fastened only from within,
and that there could, therefore, be no
Impediment to my going when I chose,
I distinctly recall that 1 was con
scious of a certain strange Incongruity
ot situation, but could hardly compre
hend In Just what the incongruity con
sisted. I knew only that I tlt pleas
antly warm and drowsy; and my
sprained ankle bad ceased altogether
to pain or annoy.
And then, I was sailing tn an open
boat In mldoceau, and Peter Johnson,
in oilskins, sat at the helm, with a
saturnine leer on his face, and tugged
at brief Intervals, always longer and
stronger, upon what seemed to be tbo
sheet, which had become wrapped
around my throat and chest and which,
by degrees, was crushing my windpipe
and lungs, so that my breath came
only In sharp, shuddering, achina
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
An angler once mted his gold
cigarette-case, and, being ve.-y nuch
upset about It. but not being quite
certain whether It had been lost or
stolen, resoUcd not to mention tho
matter to a soul not even to his wife
Two years had passed by when, on his
happening to meet with a piscatorial
acquaintance by the rlverslda .,.
man astonished him by remarking-
"I say, did you find that cigarette
case you lost some time ago?"
"No." replied the angler to the mora
astonished inuulrer; "hut you dldl"
Truth About Proud Man.
"When p woman gets frightened at
night she Just pulls the bed clothes
over ber head, says she Is terrified
out of her wits, and goes ,o sleep"
says one who knows, "but with a man
, . men ays he is Dot
afraid, pushes the clothes down and
les trembling awake for two or thres
.ound "' ,l