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v 7 A MILLION. Synopsis.—tn a New i'ork Jewelry Store Philip Severn, United States consular agent, notices a small box which attracts him. He purchases ft. I^ater he discovers in a secret compartment a writing Riving a clew to a revolutionary movement In this country seeking to overthrow the Chilean government. The writ ing mentions a rendezvous, and Severn decides to Investigate. Find ing the place mentioned in the writ ing apparently deserted, Severn visits a saloon In the vicinity. A woman in the place la met by a man, seemingly by appointment, and Severn, his suspicions aroused, follows them. They go to the des ignated meeting place, an aban doned Iron foundry. At the ren dezvous Severn is accepted as one of the conspirators and admitted. He meets a stranger who addresses hiin as Harry Daly. The incident plays Into Severn's hands and he accepts it. His new acquaintance Is a notorious thief. "Gentleman George" Harris. Concealed, Severn hears the girl address the conspira tors. She urges them to hasten the work of revolution. The girl discovers Severn listening. She ac* cepts his explanation of his pres ence and fisks him to meet her next day. He tells her his name la Daly. She Is "Miss Conrad." CHAPTLH V—Continued I began to think Harris had gone •way with the others, ami left me there alone. I heard voices speaking earnestly in the distance, hut without venturing forth from my hiding place. Then he appeared suddenly, bringing In his a rots a bottle aud a box of cigars. "Touch match to the gas-jet, Daly," he suld, feeling for the table in the dark. "That's better. 1 hung around until the gang ail got out, so aa to he sure we were safely alone. Have a drink, and light up, old man. We are as secure here as we would be at the bottom of tl e sea. This Is Alva's whisky, but good—I sampled It before." He sat on the table,, nursing his knee, rather pleased with himself. 1 thought, a cigar thrust between his Hps, the blue smoke curling up before his face. I Ignored the invitation to drink, but helped myself to a weed, waiting for him to open conversation. "Well," he said Anally, "everything la going according to Hoyle, but there la a knot or two yet to be untied be fore we squeeze that million. Did you bear what was said in there?" "No you told me to stick here." •'Still In a way you're on—Waldron must tiave spilled part of the scheme to you.'that's what got your foot In the mess. H—1! I know Ivan Wal dron, the d—d Russian Jew he'd double-cross his best friend. What was It he told you?" very much," I said, wondering how far I hAd better go, yet feeling It neceesnry to relate enough to convince hltn that I was really conversant with the Situation, and endeavoring to imi tatt his style of speech. "According to bis story there w#s a gang of con spirators here—birds from South America mostly—who had been round ed Up by this fellow Alva to pull off •Mae frightfulness, or other. I didn't .catch on to just what It was, and per haps Waldrcn himself didn't know, or Home revolution, 1 took it be. Waldron explained how he got •r)»r* If A or Two Yet to Be Untied.11 theSilverDagger ylfiw ft stows he's to somo extent that »NMnS i y "Did the Russian say anything about tye?" "Not a whisper. I supposed I had a crear run for the money, except his rakeoff.M "The dirty dog. Because I didn't show up on the dot, he was ready to ditch me. Now listen, and I'll tell you the straight story. I'm going to need you, and we'll divide fifty-fifty, leav ing this guy to suck his thumbs, is that a go?" "He's sure nothing to me—shoot." Harris poured out a stiff drink, and put it down then touched a match to the extinguished cigar. "Waldron sent me a cable In Eng land about a month ago." he explained briefly. "He didn't make the thing very clear, only that he had a big deal on, and wanted me In on It. 1 had made enough to get hack on. and took a second-class passage on the Vulcan. It was not a big boat, and, to escape close inspection, I went aboard at Queenstown. At that time I had no more notion what was up than a blind rat. I was just desperate enough to take a chance." He paused and relit his stub, with an oath at finding it again useless. "Then things begun to happen. I was room-mate with a bird named Horner, who ciniined to live in De troit." He must liave cottoned to me. for we got a bit chummy,, and in that way I picked oids and ends out of him which set me thinking. He was quite a foxy bird—one of these tall, raw boned, secretive cusses, who talk a lot, but never say nothing, and lie came near getting my grtat. I went through his baggage, of course, but the- was just ordinary stuff—lie only ham one grip, which he left unlocked: but I did get onto a pocket belt the fellow wore around his waist. He never let that get away from him night or day. I studied every d—n way I could think up to get a peep at it, but nothing gave tre a chance. I came near going bugs over the thing." He laughed, exhibiting 9 row of rather ugly teeth behind his thi** lips. "Then the devil must have helped me. One night—five days out. for we were a slow boat—we ran into a h—I of a storm. We both of us tumbled out, and began hustling on our duds. He was trying to get a shoe on. and went plunging hehd-on into the side of the ship. I reckon It nearly brained him, but, to make things sure, I hand ed him one to the jaw before ne got his senses, and be went out for the count. Then, believe me, I didn't lose no time in frisking the guy—and, say, what do you think found?" I shook my head, unwilling to Inter rupt. fascinated with his description. "The fellow was a revolutionary agent. I didn't get onto all of it then —I didn't have time, but I found a let ter of credit for a million dollars, and a memoranda of how It was to be de livered. The d—n thing wasn't any good to me—it was to be paid to this fellow by a banker in New York nunied Krantz—but It sure made my mouth water just to see it—a million dollars, good ..old U. S. currency. Can you beat it?" "Looked easy-—you had It, and you dhln't have It." "You said it, Daly. I didn't dare keep the thing, and It wouldn't have 'done me any good if 1 had there was no way of my cashing the paper. What the h—I could I do? If I denounced him, the game was all off If 1 held on to the stuff he'd report his loss soon as he landed in New York, and that letter of credit wouldn't be worth the paper it was written on Say. I was In some boat but, believe me, I had no notion of giving up that mil lion—It looked darned good." "I should say yes." and I leaned for ward to show my Interest. "And from what I know of you, Harris, that guy had no show on earth. Did you croak him?" He grinned, evidently pleased at the noie of admiration in my voice, and tossed down another drink. "That never ain't been in apjr Une. Of course I was tempted to—a cool million would tempt any guy. But I Just shoved everything back exactly where It come from, and fetched the steward. Between us we hoisted Hor ner back Into the bunk and doused hltn with water till he came to. First thing he did was to feel for that belt, and he never got wise that it had ever been touched. Anyhow, he never let «'J*p!cJon.M CHAPTER Vi '•'•'•Tho Deserted Automot#* I was impatient for him to continue, but he sat there chuckling to himself, and toying with a fresh cigar. "Well, what did you dor "Played It safe and sure. body there?" r» too old a bird to be caught napping. 1 put In moot of that night holding wet cloths to Horner's head, and thinking out some plan of action. Before morn ing he t!»««fat I was the best feliow he ever *MW. and I had the guy wtMra I wanted him. For one of his breed, N WL» father a friendly cuss, this was Ja* I mapped it out. That letter dC credit had to be turned into iiillMHl fmfom tt could do me any only way that might be this guy Alva. I THE HESALD ADVANCE Randall Parnsh Author# The Strange Ca# of Cavendish OnpyftcM. *r Buttu PMittk must net to him somehow in a way that would put me next his scheme, so I'd know when he had the cash. Once I got these details attended to in little old New York, the swag was as good as my own. I knew a dozen guys that would bump Horner off for a hundred if it come to that—so the price wasn't high. A million! Oh, man and it had dropped right into my lap. But to do this it was neces sary that I should be Horner. That was as plain as the nose on my face as Horner, coming with credentials, and a letter of credit, Alva would be bound to receive me with open arms— see! After that I figured it would be easy enough. But how was I to come Horner?" "You couldn't divvy with him?" "I should say not he was a square guy. It didn't take me five days to find that out. So there wasn't but one way out of it—I had to put Horner out of commission, and cop his belt. It was either that, or lose a million." I looked at him. with a sickening feeling of horror I found hard to sup press, but he went on indifferently In the same cool, calm voice. "There's no use going into details. Daly. We landed good friends, and Horner was In u strange land. You 'i "He Jotted Down an Address on a Bit of Paper." know New York pretty well, and I lost him the first afternoon down on the Hast side. I never did know just what became of the fellow, but the next morning I was alone In a back room in Greenwich, and had his belt with me." He chuckled grimly. "There wasn't much In It. except the letter of credit and a notation as to where and when Kmntz could be seen pri vately. It w«s the next night Harris was to call on the banker up in Le Compte street." "Le Compte? What number?" "247 Le Compte. Do you know Any "No only Le Compte is an old stamping ground of mine. Go on you went there, of course." "Sure. Krantz didn't frnow me from Adam, not even my name. I was just 108' to him, but he wa.s mighty nerv ous, just the same, hnd anxious to get away. I could see that. I don't think it was his house either just an ordi nary-looking shack, brick, three stories and a basement. "That banker was business all right, and he put me through the whole bundle of tricks before he'd even let me sit down. I had to He some, but mostly I was#posted well enough so 'as to give him what he was looking for. Anyhow, I passed, and after that he was rather decent. Took me Into a room and gave me a drink, besides asking me about affairs in Europe. II—I, I didn't know only what I'd seen In the papers—but I gave him an earful, and on the strength of his name I cussed England for all I was worth—which at that time was shout a million bucks. Then I handed ove*- the letter of credit, and he jammed it into his pocket like it was a scrap of paper. I don't remember that he even looked at It. After that lihe was for getting rid of me, the soon er the better. But I needed to know where Alva was, so I hung on. telling the old guy I had a private message that I had to deliver personally— straight from them financiers in Lon don. So, after skirmishing a while, he Jotted down an address on a hit of paper, and the next thing I knew I was out In the street, with that' gripped in my mitt." "That female Is as smart as a steel trap." v (TQ BE CONTINUED.) v Speedier Than Light. Electricity travels about 82.000 miles further tn a second than dies light. us it '•/-2s. Jii, y iJ V IMPROVED ROADS SAND-CLAY ROADS SUITABLE Material Often Mixed on Road Bed by Traffic—Di»k-Harrow Used to Advantage. In construction of sand-clay roads the necessary drainage is first pro vided, and then the most suitable clay obtainable hauled and spread on th€ road to such a depth as tests have shown to be necessary to fonn a road surface eight to ten Inches deep. In general, this will he about six inches at the center and tapering toward the sides. Professor House of the Colora do Agricultural college says that in the best sand-clay roads, analysis gives the following proportions: Sand V '""J I V -A t. 4M8 V V A* s •J*4**' If Good Care Is Exercised in Building Sand-Clay Roads Are Satisfactory. about two-thirds, clay one-third. Aa the purpose of the clay is to fill the voids and coat the grains of sand, six inches of loose, or three inches of com pact clay should make a sand-clay sur face of the proper mixture between eight and ten inches thick. After the clay is spread, it will gen erally be found advisable to cover it with a little sand, which can be done by means^of the road machine or grader. The next step is thorough In corporation of the materials. The mix ing proper may be done in a number of ways and to suit the facilities of the builder. If the work is done just (/receding or during the rainy season it may be left entirely to traffic, with frequent shaping ly the road grader, or drag, after heavy rains, but this process is hard on traflic and requires a long time. The mixing can be done most evidently by means of a disk harrow either during or immediately after a rain, or the water may be added with a sprinkling cart. The lirst partial mixing may be done dry but the final mixing must be thorough and should be done when the entire rofid surface is completely saturated with water until a plastic mortar-like mixture is secured. This should be followed by a final shaping with the road machine and compacting by either a roller or by traffic. HOW TO PATCH GRAVEL ROAD Work Should Always Be Done When ftiad Is Wet, Preferably When Water Is Standing in Ruts. Patching is usually neglected or done in such a way as to cause two ruts to form where there was but one before. That is the Invariable result of tilling a rut too full. This work (should always be done when the road is wet, preferably when the water is still standing in every little hollow on the road surface, so that the workmen can just we where to place the new gravel and about how much is needed. Unless the rut is a very large one, It Is always best to shovel the gravel from the wagon Into It, rather than to raise a sideboard and attempt to dump a part of the load. Patching done in the proper manner when the road is wet, followed by a road drag, will maintain an old gravel road surface as good as new until It Is so badly worn that an entirely new surface Is required. The gravel should never be poorer than that forming the surface layer of the old road, and especially should contain a little, but not an ex cess of clay. FRUIT TREES FOR HIGHWAY Not Very /-.pt to Be Broken Down by Qverzealous Collectors If They At* Common. Elm, hackberry, or even nut trees and fruit trees are good to plant along highways. The objection to fruit and nut trees is that they may be broken down by overzealous collectors of fruit. This is not apt to happen if they are common on the highway.— Le Roy Cady, associate horticulturist, University Farm, St. Paul. Poor Roads DIsiiKeo. Once in the city, the young fo"r« are not willing to travel over the I roads Roads. back to the farm.—Bettei Good Road Advantages. A good road picks up a farm tfHo miles out an* moves it five miles In.— B. F. Yoakum. Community Is Benefited. Good roads benefit a community ty$ making travel quU'k, safe, and com j, i «. RARE GRATITUDE. Patient—I am very grateful Indeed to you, doctor, for only charging half yotir usual fee. The operation you performed on me was of a most deli cate nature. I am indebted to you both financially and probably for my life. Doctor—And I, sir, am Indebted to you. Most of my patients are rich people with imaginary ailments. I was glad of the chance to practice some thing besides deception. Learning Fast. 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