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- HIS QNLY CASE
' By Mildred Caroline Goodridge.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.
, "This is the office of Mr. Arnold,
"Yes," bowed Robert Prince, tell
ing the truth, but conveying a wrong
' His mind, somewhat laggard be
cause he had little to do, was instan
taneously spurred up to admiration
".and interest at the sight of the really
charming face of the visitor. Then,
ctoo, her evident anxiety and distress
Lying Prone Across the Bed.
keenly aroused his chiyalrous sym
pathy. j Only an hour ago he had been de-
( ploring with Arnold, his fnend and a
man who creditably followed the de-
, tective line as a science, the fact that
his life had become practically vapid,
. profitless, almost unendurable.
Robert Prince was world weary be
cause he had no motive in life. He
had inherited money but not a.busi-
' ness. He really craved to be of some
practical use in the world, but did not
know how to begin. He had acted
so bored that Arnold had laughingly
suggested that he interest himself in
some detective case.
"When I get a case that will really
stir up your ingenuity and inability
and get that idle mind out of its dull,
beaten track," said Arnold, "I'm go
ing to make you interested in it," and
now a case that held his attention
had come to the front. Arnold was
absent from the office, but Robert al
lowed his caller to think he was the
"That isjhy name," said the young
girl, handing a dainty card to Robert
bearing a residence address and the
name, "Miss Fidelia Blain." "I wish
to engage your services, not in hunt
ing down a criminal, but in recover
ing for me a large sum of money."
"Lost?" intimated Robert.
"Stolen," corrected Miss Blain
with a quick shudder. "I must make
one restriction in this case there
must be no arrests, no publicity."
"May I ask the question," ventured
Robert, guessing quickly. "Is it a
family matter, is a relative involv
ed?" In almost a whisper and with head
bowed and trembling all over, Miss
"You may tell me in confidence
your story," said Robert. "If I see
no way of helping you out in the re
stricted way you indicate, the trans
action will be forgotten so far as this
office is concerned."
"Thank you," said Miss Blair hum
bly and gratefully.
It was a clear, simple and yet,
startling narrative,, that of the iair
young girl. She had been an art stu
dent, her brother a traveling agent
for a large steel firm. A sister had
recently died leaving two small chil
dren. Their father was a dissolute
scoundrel who had broken his wife's
An uncle had left an estate to the
surviving brother and sister. They
had at once liquidated this and had