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A TRICK OF MEMORY
By Augustus Goodrich Sherwin.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
I had been the employe of a certain
private detective agency for ten years
when Dan Haley was released from
the state penitentiary. That was an
event I had been waiting for all that
period of time. I had been advised
of the day nay, the very hour when
he was to be released. Tt was a balmy
I Watched Him Wander Around It.
June morning when I was welcomed
to the office of the warden.
"I fancied you would be on hand,"
observed the prison official with a
"Naturally," I responded, "mas
much as I have not lost sight of this
vital moment through all the years."
"You expect it to lead to some
"It will Jf Dan Haley does not sus
pect he is being watched when he
leaves this place, yes." ,
The warden fixed a serious look
upon me. He had been always ac
commodating, even indulgent with
me. I traced friendly interest in the
way he now regarded me.
"See here, Blake," he said, "you
have been a good ma.n in your line '
and I wish I could give you some-suggestions
regarding Haley. Of course,
you, who made his famous capture
ten years before, have never forgiven
him for hiding his booty and keeping
"At least 1 know it is hidden," I
declared with positiveness. "At the
time of the trial Haley made the judge
and jury half believe that his pals had
cut with it. I devoted a month after
he was sentenced to finding out about
that. I am convinced that he had no
pals. I am equally satisfied that when
closely cornered, he disposed of his
plunder in some safe, secret place
Since then he simply has patiently
waited for freedom to make away
with that fortune and enjoy the rest
of his days."
"Very good," nodded the warden.
"That all sounds reasonable. 'The
only thing is, that while Haley has
been not only our best behavior con
vict and close-mouthed as a clam,
during the past year he has changed."
"How changed?" I asked.
"He has become 'queer.' As a good
conduct man we put him at keeping
the outgo list of goods in the shoe
factory. He was famous for his ac
curacy until a twelvemonth since.
Then he began to make mistakes. He
would miss shipments, confuse the
figures, misplace his account books
and show other lapses of memory. It
would be a strange retribution, would
it not," added the official-insinuatingly,
"if after all his cunning planning
Haley had forgotten where he con
cealed that plunder hey?"
"Zounds!" I could not refrain from
remarking "that would upset all my
fond calculations, indeed."