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'l1 *.* '^.c II.C h: t: -m If: I I''' \x& •j,. &<" tfcv'Y, ff, is r:" K i V v i i V CHAPTER X—Continued. —15— My glance wandering about the loom aimlessly fe*J upon the valise In one corner. It was Just where 1 re membered leaving it when I went out, yet I saw something which surely resembled a slash in the leather. I crossed over, and bent down it was a slash, the clean cut of a knife, run ning from end to end, penetrating through both leather and cloth. Who ever had done the deed had been un able to operate the lock, and had vsed the blade as a last resort, slit ting the entire bag wide open. I in serted my hand and felt within noth ing seemed missing, or greatly dis turbed. I explored to the bottom, and then sprang to my feet in startled amazement—the dagger I had con cealed there was gone! Good God: what could be the mean tag of this? She had worn that orna aaent In her hat openly, purposely, to fool me into believing her Innocent. There could be no other explanation. She had confessed being at the hotel, •eeklng to locate me. and the number OP my room. What would prevent her Owning up here unobserved, then, while I was out. and gaining entrance? Aud who else would have any reason to thus search through my things, and abstract this important evidence of Crime? Yet. how d».d she know I had It? How d'd she even suspect I was the ilrsl to discover the dead body, and bear away wlih me the tell tale weap on with which Alva had been mur dered? 1 hfd I'O means of knowing IKWV—only !ier AUTHOR or she alone had special rea son to regain possession of that knife. And she had even dared later to flaunt It In m.v very face, to show it to me la tier possession, just as thotlgh it fcad never passed out of her hands! Here was revealed a depth of duplici ty, a criminal audacity, not to be ex pressed in words this soft spoken girl, this wo nar« to whom I knew I bad given m.v heart, stood revealed now in all hideousness—a mur deress, a thief, a scheming criminal, coo'ly concealing the trail of her crime, and using h«»? very charms of face and manner to conceal from me her true nature. 'ferhaps she would see me again— perhaps! The lie was yet warui upon he*' Hps. She had gone away'laugh teg %t the sinpleton who had believed her. the dupe who had so easily been deceived by her smiles. The chances were she had disappeared already, vanished, left the city, assured rtiat Bo evidence now remained behind to ever connect her with this tenable af fair. She cared nothing for me—I had been a mere tool, pliant in her i\- Ilia Oa-afler Had Concealed There Wee Gone. Innd—f remained merely in her mem kisomething to laugh about, an a blind, groping fool, with fb* hatf played to her heart's apt with, my head in my hands «.t the mutilated bag, racked tuHI (ataery.I bad been I- o£ torfslon and ridicule for her to bide behind, l^eorapHfe, If she bad one, tbe spoils. Then the re vilfj #KHI«bt pw mi the #t«ry wholly ttyf It might I had^lrtured In pa*»!ao. It was p*«*tmthinJcable. Why, itor, Jfar «b«ld orliitened mm |'v? 5f rn&'AM&M**-niwwi i w»— THE JTRAHBZ CASE CAVENDISH ILLUSTRATIONS -sy ^s-wEIL COPYRIGHT, WRANDALL PARTII5H sibly gain by thus overhearing the tale of their fuilure, If she already knew who was the murderer of Alva, and what had becotne of the spoils? I could ask these questions, but not one was answerable. Tliey merely mocked me with their emptiness. Then, shrill and insistent, the tele phone rang. My heart was beating like a trip hammer as I took down the receiver. Who could be calling me at this hour? Who except she alone in this city knew my name and hotel? "Hullo." A man's voice spoke huskily. "This you. Daly?" "Yes." hastily, Instantly aware of who was on the other end of the wire, yet feeling it best to dissemble until I learned the purpose. "Who Is speaking?" "The fellow you biffed with a hot tie tonight. No, I ain't got no hard feel ings. Besides, I got something else to think about than a cracked dome. Say, I got some doie on how that job was did. an' maybe could tell you some thing else of Interest. I got to talk with you privately—that's what. It's a matter for the girl as well as yer self. I'm playing square as long as you do the right thing, but I know who the datne is, an' am liable to squeal if I get a raw deal that's put ting it straight, Harry." "You know who she is, you sayf' "Sure I do. Old Pierre, over at Perond's, told me. He never forgets a face, or a name, that old buffer. He knew you the minute you blov in. and he knew her, too she'd been oere before slumming." "Who is she. then?" "That's all right—I know b*»t I ain't fool enough to blow it over the wire. If you'll come over here and have a talk, I'll spill a few thing* In your ear that'll make you wise." "Where are yon?" "At Costigan's." "What's become «f your partner?" "Who's that—Waidron? lie ain't no partner of mine. Say, you must have handed that guy some Jolt. The last I saw of him, he was laid out on a bench in Perond's back room href th ing like a stuck pig, dead to the wo^ld. Will you come over here?" "What have you got to tell me?" "Well, there's the dame's name for one thing. I'll bet you don't even know who she is, or how she's string in' you. Then I'm on to where a part of that boodle's planted—anyhow I've got a hunch. If we turn it up. *.'m still strong on the tifty-flfty proposi tion." I turned It over swiftly In my ml'id, the receiver still at my ear. I felt no particular fear of Harris to be .'.tffe, In all probability, he was on'y feeltog about in the dark, hoping in this way to learn something of value, yet it might be that he had accidentally un covered the glrt's identity, and th^t alone waa Inducement enough to urfte me to take the risk. If he actunl-y knew who she was, he was the klrwd that might become ugly, and, however much I suspicioned her In my own mind, I had no desire to leave her un defended at his mercy. Guilty or not guilty, my inclination was to protect her to the last. Resides I was eager to obtain the information he claimed to possess indeed, all progress on the case was blocked until I did obtain it. As to his boast that he knew where the stolen money was concealed, I took little stock in that. Doubtless he merely threw that in for good meas ure. But the other looked reasonable enough she had confessed being at Perond's before Pierre was fully as likely to recall her to memory as he was to remember Daly, and Harris could never have made so shrewd a guess, unless he had, really been told the facts. Another thing gave me cour age to go to Costigan's. I was si 111 accepted by these people as Harry Daly, crook. I would undoubtedly be so received, so treated. Under these circumstances there could be no per sonal danger: I held the whip-hand, the advantage—Harris was only en deavoring to see what he could get out of me he had abandoned force to resort to diplomacy. "All right," I said. "I'll run over there it you want to play fair, I'll meet you half way." "Oh, I'm on the square, old man, and I've got some good dope,". he In sisted. "I'll blow It when you show up." I returned tbe receiver to the hook, uncertain whether or not I had de cided rightly, vet determined to carry out the experiment. Above ail else I wanted to learn who Marie Gessler was. Nothing else mattered so much, for on this discovery all else hinged. If violence, or treachery, was Intended, I would be found prepared, and well able to defend myself. Tbe neighborhood Into which I •.'•ilfef-i..?:* if 'ltit iV* 2s "I'll Bat You was venturing induced me to take a taxi, and, within ten minutes. 1 was da* & 1 *HE w»»AT.n ADVANCE posited at the door of the saloon. 1 pressed open the swinging door, and stepped into the brilliantly lighted bait room. Costigan was behind the bar, but, at sight of me, rounded the end, and shook hands cordially, removing his apron, and slipping Into a coat, in token th.iit he hud changed his occupa tion. "Better call Charlie," be said to a man beside him, "for I'll be off for an liour or so. You came to see George?" "Yes he telephoned me." "Said he was goin' to. He's waltln' in the office there. I'll go along with you." He pushed a passage through the crowd, his breadth of body according me ample room in which to follow without being obstructed, and opened the closed door with a pass-key. To a wave of his big hand I passed con fidently past him, and entered. The next instant he had pressed me for ward, came in also, and closed the door the sharp click of the lock sounded like the report of a pistol. One startled glance at the Interior told me 1 was trapped, and the «wift instinct of defense led me to step aside, so that I should have my back to the wall. Harris sat in the swivel chair, with feet elevated on the desk, sardonically grinning at me over a half-chewed cigar tilted between his teeth. A white rag was bound round his head, through which a few drops of blood had oozed, leaving a dark Main. Leaning against the wall op posite was Waidron, one eye half closed, and his lip split, giving to his Don't Even Know Who She Is." face a look of savage brutality, ren dered peculiarly sinister by a grim effort to smile. Costigan remained motionless, with back against the door, as though thus barring all possibility of escape. I had Walked into their trap, and the Jaws bad closed. The grin on Harris' face maddened me. "Well," 1 said coldly, "it was a stall, was it? What is the idea?" He laughed, Without changing his attitude. "This happens to be our turn to play, Daly," he returned, apparently well •satisfied with his smartness. "Then you have nothing to tell me?" "Oh, yes, I have I've got a h—1 of a lot to tell you. But first of ali you are going to tell me a few things. Push back your right sleeve to the el bow, shirt and ail." "What's that for." "Never you mind what It's for you do what I say, if you know what is best for yourself." I looked at tbe faces of the othe"s, but they were hard as flint. My hesi tancy caused Harris to lower bis fe?t, and sit up angrily. "Push up that sleeve, you, or HI have Waidron do it for you. We'vi got you foul, you fool!" I stripped back my sleeve, exposing my right forearm, yet never remov ing my eyes from their faces. Harr'n i and Costigan bent forward, intent on the operation, but Waidron never shifted his position. Harris slapped hand on the desk, and gave utter ance to an oath. "By G—d, Dan, we'l« right. This bird's not Daly "Not in a thousand years he ain't. He's sure a dead-ringer, though." Harris straightened up, the same hateful grin still ext ..sing his teeth. "We've got your number this time, son," he announced. "Harry Daly has a tattooed anchor on his right arm. 1 didn't know ft, but Dan did. IT. tell you what made us wise. In the shin over at Perond's tonight, a card case was jarred loose from your pocket. There was only one kind of card inside, and that wasn't Daly by a d—n sight. I t^l Dan about It, and he was for getting a squint at that right arm. Said for me to call you up at the number you gave me, believing thfct if I threw In 'con' enough you'd come over here. I asked for 'G 145,' the operator there named yer, and it was the same name what was on them cards. So now we knn v yer're a dirty liar and apy, Misver Philip Severn." "You called me Daly yourself. Har ris," I said quietly, realizing the game was up, but csf yet aure of their in tentions. "I njerel.v let It go. "Sure: but what was.the game? Yor ain't no fly-cop?" "Nothing of the k!n&* "Then you was after thfc dr igh That's what thought you »nd th« girl are In cahoots. Well, wnat di ydu do with It?" (TO BE CONTINUE!** iV.i, v ,L A 5* 1 MOST IMPORTANT NEWS OF WORLD Happenincis of the Week Condensed for Benefit of Busy Readers. TOLD IN A FEW WORDS Kernels Cuffed From News of Moment In AM Parts of the World—Of Interest to All the People Everywhere. Washington Washington—Tbe bill providing for federal regulation of the meat pack ing industry has been signed by Pres ident Harding, it was announced at the White House. Washington—The senate voted its indorsement of President Harding's po licy of hiring high salaried experts to untangle the government from the $3,000,000 shipping fiasco. Washington—The nomination of Frederick I. Cox of New Jersey to be a member of the I. C. C. was ordered favorably reported by the Senate in terstate commerce committee. Washington—By a vote of 28 to 22 the Senate adopted an amendment to the federal aid road bill reducing from $100,000,000 to $75,000,000 the amount available for construction in the next year. Washington Legislation creating 18 federal judges at large was recom mended to President Harding and to the judiciary committee of the house and senate by Attorney General H. M. Daugherty. Washington—An appropriation of $200,000 was authorized by the senate to enable the secretary of agiiculture to provide clerical and other assistants for the enforcement of the packers' control act. Washington—Opposition to the pro posal to authorize retirement of Ser geant Alvin C. York, of Tennessee World war hero, with the rank and pay of captain, developed in the sen ate military committee. Washington—Secretary cf the Treas ury A. W. Mellon denied that he has resigned or has any intention of re signing. Mr. Mellon said he supposed the report grew out of the situation in volving tax legislation. Washington—The shipping board deficiency appropriation bill carrying $48,500,000 for use by the board this year and with the elimination of all restrictions as to what salaries might be paid officers and counsel, was passed by the senate. Washington—The republican tax bill was passed by the house after the democrats had failed in an effort to have it recommitted for elimination of the provision repealing the income sur tax rates above 32 per cent. The vote waa 274 to 125, with only a slight split in the party ranks. Washington—Attorney General H. M. Daugherty has started an investiga tion to find what becomes of liquor seized by government officials. In re viewing many prohibition cases which had oome to his desk, Mr. Daugherty said, he had begun to wonder what became of the vast quantities of alco holic beverages seized by the govern ment in the prosecution of bootleggers. Sporting New York—A Wall st. broker placed a wager of $500 at even money that Yankees will capture the American league baseball pennant. Chicago—R. A. King of Delta, Colo., holder of the Hazard doubles trophy, won the American amateur doubles championship in the beginning of the second cap trap shooting tournament. St. Paul—Mike Gibbons and Mike O'Dowd are matched to box fifteen rounds to decision at Wichita, Kans., Oct. 18. Weight to be 15S pounds at 3 o'clock. Gibbons is to received $20, 000, O'Dowd $15,000. Forest Hills, N. Y.—Mrs. Molla BJur stedt Mallory, oonqueror of the French marvel, Suzanne Lenglen, retained her title as the American national tennis champion here when she defeated the California star, Miss Mary K. Browne, at 4-6, 6-4, 8-2. uomesiic Cumberland, Md.—Four workmen were killed when the sides of a uench they were digging collapsed and buried them. One man was saved. Pensoneau, II!.—Adam J. Fries, aged 59, reputed to have been the heaviest man in southern Illinois, is dead. Ha weighed over 400 pounds. Barnstable, Mass.—A mob ot nearly 200 men and women carrying ropes stormed the jail here threatening to lynch thrte Capv Verde Island iNegro prisoners charged with highway rob bery and an attack on a young white woman at Buzzards Bay. New York—Sylvester Crockett, Ne gro, attempted suicide in Tombs prison by. setting fire to his clothing which he bad first saturated with kero sene. The act occurred in a room used to house prisoners about to be nngex printed. New York—Lew Fields, actor and manager, filed a voluntary petition in bankruptcy In federal court, giving his liabilities at $82,126 and his assets as $10,500. New York—Another reduction in wages by the United States Steel cor poration from 37 cents to 30 cents an hour, effective Aug. 29, has been an nounced. Chicago—For the second time with in a month, the home of Ferdinand Winkler has been bombed, the second bombing throwing Winkler, his wife and child from their beds toid wreck ing tbe front of the house. Oakland, Calif.—Major General Hen. ry A. Greene, U. S. A., retired, dropped dead in the Alameda county court house here. Hoboken, N. J.—The army transport Wheaton arrived from Antwerp with the bodies of more than 5,000 Amer ican soldiers. Macon, Ga.—City and county prison ers here set to work to search the ruins of the Brown hotel where 12 per sons are believed to have lost their lives in a fire. Chicago—A nationwide investiga tion into profiteering by undertakers and an alleged "coffin trust" has been announced through the offices of Charles F. Clyne, district attorney. Monroe, Mich.—Mary Soupski, aged 4, is dead, and her mother, a young brother and sister are seriously ill at their home near here from eating toad stools, believing they were mush rooms. Chicago—One bandit was killed and two others captured after one had been wounded by a policeman. They had held up and robbed a pedestrian. Joseph Pavloe of Chicago Is the dead bandit. New York—Postmaster General Will Hays escaped injury when an au tomobile, in which he was riding with some friends collided with a motorcab here. No one was hurt. Mr. Hays' automobile was undamaged. Hugo, Okla.—A St. Louis & San Francisco passenger train, going from Hugo to Hope, Ark., collided with a westbound freight train at Sawyer, Okla. Three persons were seriously injured and 36 others cut and bruised. New York—Final revision of the census figures of the Presbyterian church in the United States, shows a total communicant member:hip of 3,722,361, the Presbyterian publicity bureau announces, a net increase of 85,265 over last year. Baltimore—Four months after Harry Roy Wilson, aged 32, mail clerk on the U. S. S. Black Hawk, mother ship of a destroyer flotilla at Guantanamo bay, Cuba, is alleged to have absconded with $8,000, he walked into the police station here and surrendered. Chicago—Clara Smith Hamon, who attracted national attention following her shooting and killing of Jake L. Ha mon, millionaire Oklahoma politician and oil man, was married in Los An geles, to John W. Gorman, who was directing her appearance in a featme moving pictura which portrays her life story. Northwest Helena—Hiram Miller, proprietor of a greenhouse, is exhibiting a cucumber 36^j inches long, grown in his place. The giant will be shown at the Mon tana state fair. Spokane—Two men, unmasked, held up the officers of the Metaline Falls State bank, 125 miles north of here, and escaped with $2,000 cash and $4,000 Liberty Bonds. Minneapolis—A cut of 7% cents a hundred pounds on grain moving to the seaboard for export from the cen tral freight district comprising Indiana and surrounding states, was extended to apply to the northwest by the inter state commerce commission, meeting the demand of Minneapolis shippers. Helena—Acting upon the theory that some business at small profit is better than no business at a large profit, the Great Northern railroad has granted a 34 per cent temporary re duction on shipments from Montana, and thereby released at once 200 car loads of hay In the Milk river valley in that state. foreign ban Sebastian, Spain—An Amet'can sailor was killed and another wounded here following an altercation with a watchman. London—Census figures published show that Gieat Britain has a popula tion of 42,767,530, compared with 40, 361,386 in 1911. There are 20,340,623 males and Z2 ,oo6,907 females. Geneva, Switzerland—Grover C. Bergdoll, the American draft evader, says the Thurgovie Zeitung, arrived in Constance from Munich three ('ays ago and now is stopping in a hotel at St. Gall. Rome—General Armando^Diaz, com mander-in-chief of the Italian armies, has been authorized by King Victor Emmanuel to accept the invitation of the American Legion to participate in its convention In Kansas City next fall. Paris—Marshall Jofire, commander of the French armies in the first bat tle of the Marne will leave on a mis sion to Japan on Sept. 2. Reports were current a few days ago that he would visit the United States upon his re turn from the Far East. Paris—Paul Doumer, minister of finance, ottered his resignation to Pre mier Briand, owing to the latter's re ported dissatisfaction with the results of the financial conference, according to La Liberte. Briand refused to ac cept his minister's resignation, Berlin—The American milch cows which have been distributed through Bavaria are declared to be better milk ers than the German breed. 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