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A Mystery That Was Cleared
Up By a Cave-in.
Tony crossed himself, vowing
he had left the goods at Mme.
Schenajd's 0n the particular
Thursday afternoon she had re
quested it. Moreover he had
shown the slip signed by madam's
The senior member of Devor
ney & Son winked his brow in
perplexity. Tony seemed to be
right, for he had even described
madam's hall and diningroom in
which he had left the furniture.
But madam, a woman even
above suspicion, had proven that
she had not been home the day
in question and kept no butler, in
fact no servants except' a maid,
who had also been away on" her
weekly half holiday that after
noon. Furthermore it had not
been madam who ordered the
A woman's voice, claiming to
be Mme. Schenard's, had talked
over the phone, describing the
furniture in question, which was
, then in the show window, in
quired the, price and ordered it
delivered on Thursday afternoon,
saying her "butler would receive
it, as she would not be in, but
would send them a check.
The buzzing phone wires had
made it impossible to recognize
the madam's voice, bufeas she
was an old customer nothing was
thought of it.
Slowly vthe lines, of jjergtexity 1
in the merchant's fa'ce relaxed.
He knew Tony, but newly arriv
ed in Paris, was counting on be
ing married the next week, for
the Italian had blushingly asked
for two days' leave for a wedding
trip to the country. Why not
tell Tony there would be no pay
and no leave until he had recov
ered the stolen furniture, or at
least found out whither it had
gone, when there would be a re
ward and longer leave.
The senior Devorney was sure
it had been the work of thieves
concealing themselves in the vasifc
catacomb of tunnels underlying
the city, criminals whom the po
lice seemed powerless to combat.
Anything reported to the police
criminal spies soon knew.
Tony had acecpted the proposi
tion eagerly. Pt meant moref
money to offer his beloved Marie.'
But now almost a month had
passed with fruitless days of
searching second-hand shops,
stores in the Montmartre, and
auction rooms. At the madam's
house he had accompanied the
store detective in searching, even
lookjng for loose stones in the
cellar floor which might lead to
some old, forgotten tunnel enter
ing the subterreanean city.
Npw walking dejectedly along
near the crowded Montmartre
quarter, he was idly watching a
Woman walking some distance
ahead df him. Suddenly he was
surprised to see her drop from
sight at the same moment the
building near her tumbled like a
house of cards. Rushing forward
with -others, he sa it w.a& only
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