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r. O. WODBHOU9B
A Stranoe Death.
Tho room whs the typical bedroom
of typlcnl better-dnss bourdliig
; house, furnished, ho fur ns It wuh fur-
jiilshed nt nil. with severe KlmpHctty.
it contained two beds, u pine chest of
drawers, u Htrlp of failed carpet, und
, All theso things might have Imnn
"guessed nt from Hie oilier aide if tho
closed door. Hut thero was that on
: tho lloor which nut thin room npurt
: from u thousund rooms of tho sumo
l'lat on Ids hack, one Uk twlHlcd
oddly over the other, his bunds
clcmhcd and his tooth gleaming
through his hlnck heard In it horrlhlo
' grin, Capt. John Gunner stared nt the
J celling with eyes that saw nothing.
' Until n moment "before ho hnd hnd
i tho Httlo room to himself. Hut now
f two. people were standing Just Inside
the door, looking down nt him.
'One was n !nm policeman who
twlHtcd his cap nervously In ids hntids.
Tho other wmh n lull, gaunt old worn
nn In h runty hlnck dress, who gnacd
with pnlo eye nt the dead num.
Her faro was quite expressionless.
The woman wns Mrs, Pickett, owner
of tho Kxcelslor honrdlng limine. The
policeman's name was Urngiin. He
wmh ii gcnlnl Riant, a terror to tho riot
ous element of tho Lour iHlnnd water
front, hut obviously 111 nt case In the
presence of death.
He drew In Itls'brciith with n curl
nnshlsslng sound, wiped IiIh forehead.
.nd whimpered: "Would you 'look tit
IiIh eyes, iiin'nm 1
Mm. l'lekett did not answer. She
had not spoken lneo hIic had hroilRht
tho policeman Into the room.
Olllcor (Jrngiin looked at her uulckly
from tho eonier of IiIh eyes, lie wuh
nfrnld of Mother l'lekett, iinwnH every
lKdy else nlotiR the water front.
' Her silence, her pale eyes, nnd the
quiet forinldiihlcnoss of her personal
Ity cowed even the tough old suits who
patronised tho Kxcelslor. Sho was u
queen In that Httlo community of
"You've phoned for tho doctor,
-t Mr, l'lekett nodded.
Tho breeze, Mowing In through the
open window, hroilRht with It tho
Round of noisy laughter. A cheerful
relce bellowed n popular hour.
"Hint's Just how I found Mm," said
Mrs. l'lekett. She did not npcnk loud
ly, but her voice niado tho policeman
. Ho wiped hid forehead agnln.
"It might have, been apoplexy," he
Mm. Tlckctt pnld nothing.
"Some guys drop In their tracks on
ccount of n hum heart," ho went on.
There's no murks on Mm."
Tho old woman did not nnswer.
Thero wns n pound of footsteps out
wide. A young man entered, carrying
"flood morning, Mrs. l'lekett. What's
the flood henvenx 1"
Ho dropped to his knees bciddo the
body and mixed one of the arms. He
lowered It gently to tho floor und
shook his head.
"Been dead for hours. When did
yon find Mm?"
Twenty minutes hack," said tho old
woman. "I rucks he died hint night.
He never would he called In the morn
lag. Said ho liked to sleep on. Well,
lie's got his wIhIi."
"What did ho dlo of, doc?" anked
"Impossible to ray without nn ex
snlnntlon. It looks like apoplexy, hut
It' Isn't. It might lie Iicnrt dlscuso, hut
I happen to know tho poor fellow's
heart wns ns sound ns a ..bell. Ho
called In to fee me only n week .ngo,
arid I tested Mm .thoroughly. Lord
'knows what It Nl ' Tho coroner's In
qiit'Ht Will tell ..''
Ho eyed the body almost resent
fully. fit boats mo," ho said. "Tho man
bud no right to drop dead like this. Ho
nvas n tough old sailor, who ought to
have been good for another twenty
years, if you ask mo, though I cuii't
possibly ho certain till after tho In
ejaest, I should suy ho hnd been poi
soned." "For tho lovo of retel" exclaimed
"now would be bo poisoned?" asked
That's more thrin I enn tell yon.
Thero's no glass about that ho could
havo drunk It from. Ho might have
got it in capsule form. But why
Khould ho havo dono It? Ho was al
ways a pretty cheerful sort of old
Man, wasn't ho?"
l 'Snrol" said Officer Grogan. "Hp
had tlto namo of being n champion
;ylier in those parts. I'vo had guys
co-bio to mo nil raw from being mixed
jipj in arguments with lilin. Ho had
H,( wny with him. Klnd.of snrcnstje,
hough he nover tried :lt on nc." , , .
! ' 'TJiIh man inust Imvo djeu qulto
early last night," said tho doctor.
yWhnl's heeomo of Cnptnin Muller?
If ho shnrcs tills room ho ought to bo
able to tell us something nbout it."
"Captain Muller spent tho night
.with some friends at Brooklyn," said
1 1 iin
Mir). I'm .f. 'V Wiiull
lifter snppi r."
Tho tloilnr looked round tho room
"1 don't like It. 1 enn't understand
It. If this Imd happened In Indln 1
should hnvo said tho man had died
from Bomo form of snnke-hlte. 1 wns
out there two yenrs, nnd I'vu seen n
hundred enses of it. They nil looked
Just like this. Tho thing's ridiculous.
How could n ninn Jio bitten by a stinki
In n wilier-front honrdlng house? The
wholo thing's mnd. Wns tlio dooi
locked when you found hlnii M.
Mrs. l'lckelt nodded.
"1 opened It with my own key. 1
hnd been culling to him, und ho didn't
nnswer, so I guessed something wns
he nolleemnn spoke:
"You uln't touched unythlng, mii'ntn?
They're nlwnys mighty particular
about that. If doc's right, and thoro
been any funny work here, that's the
flrst thing they'll nsk." .
"Kverythlng is Jimt ns I found lt.
"What's thnt on the lloor beside
. . ... r
"That's his harmonica. lie liked t
nlnv it of an eenlng ih'hls roopi. l'v
hud complaints nbont It from some iff
tho gentlemen! but. I never snw iitiy
bnrm. so as he didn't tilny too lute."
"Seems ns if he was playing it when
It happened. That don't look mucn
like suicide, doc."
"f didn't sny It wns suicide."
Oflleer Grogan whistled..
',iiilim, think " .
lff .U..H tl.l.it ntit'lil nt tltt nffnf
tho inquest. All 1' sqy. Is that HV
Another anpect ; of the- nitUto.r,
seemed to strike tho 'pollcomnn.
"I guess this nln't going to help
the Kxtelslor nny, ma'am," lio eulil
Mrs. l'lekett shrugged her shoulders.
Silence fell upon the room.
"1 suppono 1 had better telephone to
the coroner," snld tho doctor.
Mr. Snyder hlinnclf, In common
with most of bin nsslstniils, relied fur
results on hard work and plenty of
common sense. Ho hnd never been a
detective of tho showy type. Itesiilts
hnd Justified his methods, but ho was
perfectly awaro thnt young Mr.- OakeB
looked on him as a dull old mnn who
hnd been mlraculounly favored by luck.
Mr. 8nydcr had selected Onkes for
the case In hand principally because
It wns ono where Inexperience could
do no hnrm, nnd where tho brilliant
guesswork which tho latter cnlled his
Inductive rensonlng might achieve nn
It wan ono of thoso bizarre cases
which call for tho dnnhlng, amntcur
rnther thiin tho dogged rulo-oMhumb
Mr. Snyder had, moreover, a kind
of superstitious fnlth In tho luck of
tho beginner. H
Another motive nctunted Mr. ?ny
dor In hlff choice. Ho hud n strong
suHplclon thnt thn conduct of this ense
wiib going to hnvo the benoflclul result
of lowering Onkes' self-esteem.
If fnlluro nchlovcd this end, Mr.
HnyMcr felt that failure, though It
would not help the agency, would not
he pti udmlxcd Ml.
'JCho door opened nnd Onkes en
tered tennely. He did everything tense
ly, pnrtly'from u natural nervous
energy, 'nnd lnrlly ns n pose. Ho
wns a lean young mnn, with dark eyes
and a'thln-llppcd ifioutlf, mill looked
as like n typical detective us Mr.
Snyder looked like n comfortably pros
perous stock broker.
Mr. Snyder' bad nvcr bothered him
self about the iixteinuls of his profes
lAti. One could liuaulne Ml'. Snyder
Lid his .mopii;ni,of. leisure watching a
ball gamp or bowling, unites gave im
Imprcnnlon of having; no moments of
"Sit down, Onkes," said Mr. Sny
der. "I've got a Job for you."
OakcB smile Into n chnlr like ri
crouching leopnrd nnd plnced tho tips
nt his llncers toccther. lie nouiien
Ho went out, and nfter u momentary curtly. It was pnrt of his pone to be
nnuie the pollcemnn followed Mm.
"Ofllcer Grogan wns not greatly trim
bled with nerves, but he felt n derided
.inuirn in im somewhere where he
could not sou thorfe staring oyes.
keen and silent.
It ..n.i to mi In Illln IlllllrOHR"
I i mini "11 ! h"
ho handed Mm nn envelope "und
look nrnnnd. Wheiiier you win mm
out anything, or whether there's any
" i v u k tlll - w
Mrs. l'lekett remained where she .j,ini: to And out, Is more than I enn
wns, looking down nt the detsd num. ny. When the old Indy wns telling
Her fuco wns still oxpresslonlet-s, but ,n0 the story I own I wns cnrrled nwny.
Inwardly she was In a ferment. This Hho made it convincing. She thinks
wns the first tlmo such n thing us this jt wns murder. I don't know whnt to
hnd happened nt tho lixccisior, nun. think."
n Ofllvcr GroRnn hud hinted, It wns
not likely to Incroiuc tho uttractlve
nens of the house In the eyes of poa
However well eMnbllnhed (he repu
tntlon of a house may be for comfort
und tho excellence of Its cuisine, If It
Is n house of tragedy, people, for n
tlmo nt nny rate, will look askance
It was not tho possible pecuniary
los which was troubling Mrs. l'lekett.
As far us money wns concerned, she
could hnve retired from business yenrs
before and lived comfortably on her
savings. She was richer than those
who know her supposed.
It wns the blot on the escutcheon
of the Kxcelslor tho stnln on the Kr
cclslor'a repututlon which was tor
Tim Kxcelslor wns her life. Stort
ing many years before, beyond the
memory of tho oldest bonnier, she
hnd hullt up this model estiibllnhment,
the funic of which had been carried
to every corner of the world.
In mloons and places where sailor
men gathered together from Liverpool
to Yokohnma, from Cape Town to
Marseilles, the reputation of I'lekett's
wns of pure gold. Men spoke of It ns
a placo whore you were well fed.
cleanly housed, nnd where petty rob
bery was unknown.
Such wits tho cliorus of prnlse from
end to end of tho world thnt It In not
likely thnt much hnrm could come to
Pickett's from a single mysterious
denth ; but Mother Tlckctt wns not
consoling herself with such reflections.
She wns wounded sore. Pickett's
hnd had a clean slate; -now It bad not.
That was tho sum of her thoughts. ,
She looked at the dead man with
pale, grim eyes. From down tho pns
sago came tho doctor's voice as he
spoke on tho telephone.
Detective Oakeo, ,
The ofllro of the Paul J. Snyder De
tective ngoncy hnd grown In tho course
of half n dozen years from a snglo
room to n palatial suito foil of pol
ished wood, clicking typewriters, and
other evidences of success. Where
once Mr. Snyder hnd sat mid waited
for clients und attended to those
clients on tho ruro occasions when
they nrrlvcd In purson, ho now fiit in
his privnto ofllce nnd directed a corps
Ills cap was no longer In his bond,
nnd his time nt tho disposal of any
who would pay a modest fee. Ho was
an autocrat who accepted or refused
coses nt his pleunuro.
Ho had Just accepted a case. It
aeemcd to him a cuso that might be
nothing at all or something exceeding
ly big; and on the latter possibility he
Tho feo offered wuh, Judged by his
present standards of prosperity, small ;
but the blezure facts, coupled with
something In tho personality of tho
client, hud won him over; mid he
touched tho bell nnd desired that Mi
Onkes should bo sent In to lilin.
Elliott Onlcotf wns a young hum who
amused nnd intercstpd Mr. Snyder,
Ho was so intensely confident. lie
had onlv recently lollifeil thn mIhO lm
He made e"ry" little Wrot of Mh in
tention of eletrlfyliind-ifovpiiiVron' '
rang tuo meiuoua or tuo agency,
"The farts?" snld Onkes briefly.
Mr. Snyder smiled, quietly to him
self. "Tho nddress on thnt envelope Is
of a honrdlng house on tho water
front, down In Long Inland. You know
the sort of place retired sea eaplulns
und so on.
"All most respecfnble. Don't run
away with the Idea that I'm sending
you to some melodramatic hell's-kltcli-en
where the guests are drugged and
shanghaied on the day of their arrival.
"As far as I can gather, this place
Is a sort of male Martha Washington.
In all Hb history nothing more sensa
tional has happened than a case of
suspected cheating at pinocle. Well, a
ninn hns died there."
"I don't know. That's for you to
fliid out. Tho coroner left it open. I
don't pe how It could huve been mur
der. The door was locked; nobody
could havo got In."
"The window wns open. Hut tho
room Is on tho first floor. And, any
way, you may dismiss tho window, 1
remember tho old Indy saying there
was a bar across It, and Hint nobody
could hnve squeezed through."
Onkes' eyes glistened. Ho wns in
terested. "Whnt was tho rauno of denth?"
Mr. Snyder coughed.
"Snake-bite," he said.
Onkes' careful calm deserted him.
He uttered a cry of astonishment.
"It's the literal truth. Tho medical
examination proved thnt tho fellow
had been killed by snnko poison. To
be exact, fho poison of a snake known
aa tho kralt. In this Long Island
hoarding house, In n room with a
locked door, this man was stung by n
kralt. It's a smnll sntik.e, found prin
cipally In Indln. v
'To add o little mystification to.tho
limpid simplicity of the affair, when
tlio door wns oponed there wis n.o
sign of nny snnko. t
2fjt couldn't hnvo got out through
tho door, because the door wns locked.
It'nuldn't hnvo got up I he chimney,
because there was no chimney. And
It couldn't havo got out of the window,
becauso tho window was too high up,
and snakes can't Jump. So there you
He looked nt Onkes with n certnln
quiet satisfaction, It had como to bis
enrs that Onkes hud been heard to
complain of tlm Infantile simplicity,
unworthy of n mnn of his attainments,
of the Inst two cases to which ho lind
been nsslgned, and hnd snld thnt ho
hoped some day to he given a problem
which should ho beyond the reasoning
powers of a child of six,
It seemed to Mr, Snyder that he hnd
got whnt ho wnnted.
"I should like further details," said
Oakes a Httlo breathlessly. .
."You Jknd better" apply o Mrs,
Pickett, who owns tho boarding-house.
It -.was sho who put tho case "In my
hnnds. She convinced mo Unit it is
lujijh-'r, Jtnt, excluding ghosts, I
.dim't.. Vc itjy'. any, third pnrjy .could
hnje ta)!cn it lianil In thn tiling tU'iill.
However, sho 'wnnted n mnn from this
ijgjncy, nnd wns prepared to pay for
htm, so 1 Mild I would' send ono. It',
not for mo to turn' business nwny.
ASo, ,os 1 fluid. I want you to go
and p'jt up.at.Mrs, PIckntt's Excclalor
Hnttnrnu-IlnuKo nnd do your best to
pttl things Hlriiight. I would stiggn'o
thnt volt none n u ship's chnndlnr or
sonieihlng of Hint sort. You will hnve
to do something miirlllino or they'll
get on to you.
"And If your visit prodtireH no other
results, It will nt least enable you to,
make tho ncqunlntnnco of a very ro
murknbie womnn. I commend Mrs.
Pickett to your notice. By tlio wny,
sho says sho will help you In your In
vestlgntinns." Oakes laughed shortly. Tho Idea
"Don't you scoff at amntcur aa
slstnnce, my boy," snld Mr. Snyder In
tlio fnthorly manner which had mndo
a score of criminals refuse to bellovo
him a dctoctlvo until tho moment
when tho handcuffs snapped on their
wrists. "Detection Isn't an oxnet
sclctiue. Jt'fl n question of using com
mon Benso nnd hiivlng n grent dent
of specinl Informntlon. Mrs, Pickett
probnhly knows n great deal which
neither you nor I know, and It's Just
possible thnt Bhe may hnvo semii trivial
piece of knowledge which will prove
tho key to this mystery."
Oakes lunched nguln.'
"It In very kind of Mrs. Pickett,
but I think I prefer to trust to my
own powers of deduetlon."
"Do Just what you please, but rec
ollect that n detective Is only a mnn,
not nn encyelopedlu. He doesn't know
everything nnd It mny be Just, some
small Ihlng which he does not know
which turns out to he tlio missing tot
ter In tho combination."
Onkes rose. His face was keen, abd
"I had better be stnrllpk. at. once"
ho said. "I will mall yoirriwort,frfl
iiiiiu mi nun.-. . , 'if,
lit.. I. -11 l.n l.ilir,alnit in timt them'"
afht ,Mr. MnvillT uonlnllv. "I lioht,'
your' visit to tho Kxcelslor will b1
plennnt. If you run across a mnn with
n broken none, who used to rejolco In
the nntne of Horse-Fnco Simmons,
give him my. bent. I hnd tho plensuro
of sending him up the road some yenrs (
ngo for highway robbery, nnd I under I
Mnnri thrtt he has settled In those
parte. And cultivate Mrs. Pickett; she!
la worth while."
The dour cloned, nnd Mr. Snyder,
lighted n fresh clgnr.
"D il young fool," he murmured,
nnd turned his mind to other mntters.
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"ftVWe carry bikh! advert Isvd on tho"llomu Products Page"
(TtPbo" concluded noxt week)
"NO WOltKKi:, NO KATKIi."
Wo are told that Austrl'i and cer
tain of the smaller countries of Kur-
mm nn, tliirvlnr- fur liu'U nf lirmul
i Wo are asked to lonu 1125.000,000
for tho Immedlnto relief of theso uit-
Very good. Wo nro Amorlcuns,
titwt A iikm'.imimm Inivn inivnr vul l"iilliil
to succor it nation expiring from the
pangs of hunger.
If these suffering peoplo need
$125,000,000 let us give it to thorn
outright, Let it bo our contribution
to tho cause of humanity, and thou
let us forgot It.
Hut lot's havo nothing to do with
a loan which wo know can never be
repaid. It only becomes an object
for future friction.
Hut us to Kngland and France.
London has recently ropudluted
Sir George PiiIhIi, who has been try
ing to float a loan In this country of
135,000,000,000 for thn nllles. I
says Sir George is not uuthorlted to
represent the Hrltlnh government,
nor yet tho Hrltish bunking Interests.
Kxit Sir Georgo nnd his rosy
scheme. Wo hnvo no further Inter
est In him.
It Is a well known fact, however,
thnt Kugliind und France uro looking
to this country for the billions neces
sary for their roconstrucfion. The
may llo low until thu presont flurry
of opposition blows over, und then
tho project will be broached.
Hut wo havo hnd enough of thnt
sort of thing. Wo hnvo somo ten
billons of dollars planted over thero
now upon which It is doubtful if tho
Interest will over sprout.
Kven Hrltish peoplo of prominence
are advocating tho repudiating of all
obligations and tho taking of a fresh
shirt. It may bo done.
Wo nolo from tho cablegrams that
in Loudon, Paris and othor largo
cities fubulous prices nro being paid
by women for tho latest crentonn.ln
gowns and other frippery. There
seems to bo no limit to tho money
for this purpose, j
Again wo note thnt tho Marquis
of QuegliHliorry hns gone Into bunk
riintcv owlnsr u tmltrv tr. una iw..
icniiHo ho U) loo aristocratic nnd too
ihj iii lYunt. mi iu biiiiporioa uy
rclutlvi-H mid friend.
Foreign countries uro full of jhe
name breed - nil aristocratic, nil too
lazy to earn a living, hut all willing
to blow In money.
Kxtravagnnt sums run bo paid bj
tho population for nny selllsh pur
pose, bocuusu It contributes to tholt
vanity and their pleasure,
It is tho samo whorevur tho sun
If tho Fronch nnd English govorn
mouts want more billions, lot them
ko tp tho rich In tholr own countries.
If thfllr own people hnvon't confi
dence und piitrlotlsm enough to put
up tho necoseury amount, why should
wo Americans cough up ngnln?
Lot thorn open tho monoy bngs of
tholr rich, und then put tholr laity
paruBltes to work. If tho latter can
crentu anything of valuo wo enn prob
ably buy it from thorn and pay for
whnt wo. got. K '
Tjint's buslnoss. I
Hut digging down' ngnln for an
other, "loan" woud bo tho holghtof
Wo bollQyo wth tho Chinaman,
thnt iLshould bo a cnijo of "no work"eo
no duioo." " ' !
s A, mail box; for every rurnl school
Is ono of'th'o aims of tho suhool child
ren of tho Northwest IhroUgh tlfo
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A rich uncle may die and leave you a roll,
but few rich uncles have this habit.
If you get rich the chances are you will first
have to save enough money in order to make an
investment that will pay.
Tljjre are plenty of investments for the man
with :f mile ready cash.
But it is up o ypu to save cash. The best
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Pkeae 89 r G13S
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Murine tlio romlni; year' wo wlll'iiso our utmost ondenvor to els-'
ehargo.our doop..ohllgutlon o our oustomers by effecting n Bitb an-
a . . . ... 11.11. . . l . it i t
uni-reiiuciiou :u uio pneo oi.ovory ariieio wo evil, wuwro iu u u;
manly possible to do so.
Wo enn not control tho prices In thq wholosnlo innrkots, bu v
can nnd will continuo.to rugulnto our own profits iu such a nut net
thnt oufjtomcra will not only bo amply protected, but will bo actually
favored In ovey Biilo we make.
Wo hnvo no well rounded nnd glowing effulgence of thanks to
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slucoro gratitude for your putronngo of tho pnst year. It will t
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