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NEW IIAVENMORNING JOURNAL AND COURIER, SATURDAY OCTOBER 1 3 1894.
TALES OF TEN TRAVELERS, BARRETT BILUMTC COMPASSION BT BDOAB U WAKKMBN. fOoM riant, 1HM, All rtitUU reacrrod.1 An unpleaaant atmoaphere had et tied like a denie fog upon the great Trunt and Security bank. Even ordinary civilities between ofti clala and employea had given place to the coldest and chariest of greeting while something like frowns of susplc. Ion and anxiety rested upon the faces of all, from President Barrett Billings by down to Jolly Harry Everett, the lusty messenger of the bank. Only this very morning, Mr. Billings- by, as he was entering the bank, had accidentally overheard a most ominous conversation between a large depositor and one of the receiving tellers. 'What In the Old Harry's th mat ter with you folks here, anyhow? Bank In trouble?" "Eh What? Why, certainly not Never had a larger surplus than this very minute;" replied the teller In al most offended surprise. "That's straight?" 'I.-ead morally, lncontrovertlbly straight!". "Well, you don't look It. Nobody has looked It here for a month. All seem to be In tho dumps; seem to be In mourn. Ing; seem to have a funeral on band, Anything to wsep over, honest now?' "Nonsense! Not a thing:" returned ' the teller with assumed heartiness, as he blotted the entry and returned the customer's .book. "Don't bellevs It Looks like pecu lation, or cheok-kltlng, or the bank' been hard hit with forgery, or balloon loans. See here, now, young man," coa tlnued the customer, lowering his voice confidentially, and speaking closely to tho window, "you Just say for me to friend Blllingsby, on the quiet, you know, that this confounded churlish' ness and down-ln-th'-mouthness, are really hurting the Trust and Security.' "Hurting ltr "Tea, hurting It Friends of the bank are whispering It over and shaking their heads. First thing you know here, de posits will be quietly withdrawn. Then there'll be a run. Then up you'll go See?" "Two million more than we can use, in the vaults;" replied the teller with an incredulous smile. "Don't matter. Two days of the right kind of a crowd'd leave the balance tin other way. Tou Just mention what I've said to Blllingsby. Good morning!" "I will, sure. Thanks!" replied the teller with genuulne activity, as he shook himself into something like cheer- iness, but, on the departure of the cus tomer. Instantly relapsed into his pre vious look of gravity and concern. "That settles It!" said Mr. Blllingsby stoutly to himself, as he entered his private office, removed his overcoat and immediately returned to the ex change. He passed quickly behind the oak and brass-grated partitions and moved rap Idly from one little compartment to an other, speaking a few quiet and earnest words to each occupant. This had an almost electrical effect in reinfusing, whether enforced or real that demeanor of satisfaction and gen eral content which has often been known to stand a bank In the stead of sorely needed cash in times of great emergency and peril. Mr. Blllingsby, after observing with satisfaction the marked change his brief conference with his employes had created, returned to his private office with the remark: "I told them I would end this annoy ance at once, and now I will do It!" With only a mere glance at a huge pile of unopened letters upon his desk, he immediately went to his telephone and gave the instrument a peremtory ring. He made his order to the central of fice, and, while waiting for a response to his call, stood looking worriedly through the strong iron bars of his win dow Into the walled court below. Sud denly he gave a little start "Wonder what old Everett's doing down there?" he reflected. "That's no place for him at this hour. I didn't know any of our employes had access to the court before noon or after one." "Yes;" turning to the instrument. "The Trust and Security Mr. Billings- by's at the 'phone. Is that you, Dingle- ton? Gooa morning! Busy?" A little silence ensued. "Sorry; but can't you postpone your preliminary investigation on that Jew elry robDerjf until a little later In the day? My word is in a measure in volved in straightening out a little mat ter here Immediately. Greatly obliged If you would step down for a few min utesyourself, you know?" Another short silence followed, dur ing which Mr. Billingsby's faoe ex pressed hopefulness, perturbation and satisfaction by turns. "All right. Very much obliged. Just run in for a few minutes on your way to tne train. um-m-m?-All right. Good-bye!" He rang off the call; stepped to the window; peered closely about the court, and with the remark "I sometimes don't know Just what to make of old Everett. But it Isn't hjm, that's sure enough!" began a hasty examination oC his morning's mail. He -was thus deeply engrossed when Dingle, the head of a great detective agency, entered his private office, seat ed himself cloBe to -his desk, and, with a slight Inclination of his head back .ward, toward the tellers and the vaults, said cheerily: "No trouble out there, I hope?" Not like any of the detectives in the stories and the books, was Dingleton; those detectives with blue-black beards and black-blue moustaches, dreadful voices and steely, glittering eyes, who ramp and rend and roar through time -and space, the Nemeses of avenging Justice, and who should ail be clapped into the vacuum of forgetfulness by one triumphant sweep of the stern hand, of justice 'avenged. 'r !'; .'V; . .He was, a stocky, pudgy man, ' with aa, fine a paunch as good living ever J grew, a comfortable way of resting his hands upon It, a knobby head which had room to repose on a big neck set close down within broad shoulders, and with such a pleasant and merry smile lighting his gray eye and pursing bis kindly mouth, that any one, knowing him, would almost welcome trouble for the pleasure of having Dingleton help him out. "Nothing serious;" answered Mr. Bll lingsby, brightening up. "That's good!" said Dingleton heart ily. "It might lead to worse, though;" continued the banker reflectively. "That's so;"assented Dingleton pleas antly. "The entire amount taken has not exceeded three months' salary of our lowest paid clerk. But the nature of the peculations Is mystifying and an noying. "Most always Is;" mused Dingleton smpathetlcally. "One day It Is In one department; the next In another. It Is never more than a bill or two of small denomina tion. Sometimes, again, It Is even post age stamps; and yesterday a bond cou pon was missed." "Umph!" ejaculated the detective half dzlngly. "You can see it Is not the loss Itself. It Is the doubt 'and anxiety everyone suffers. The entire force Is becoming demoralized, and, as I learned this morning, this Is being unfavorably no ticed by the bank's customers." "Thafa bad;" murmured Dingleton. "Suspect anybody?" "No one; positively no onel "Oh, no; to be sure." This softly and musingly from the detective. "We 'ran out' and reported on all your folks here sometime ago, Mr. Blllingsby?" "Yes, Just twenty months since; when the new directory came In." "From ah the president down to the messenger and night watchman?" "Every one. Treated us all alike. "All alike;" echoed Dingleton blandly. "Have you those reports handy?" The bank president unlocked his desk; reached Into one of Its compartments, and handed a small packet of neatly filed reports to the detective. The latter edged his chair around a little to the light and ran them over hastily, occasionally filliping the dust from one or another. "Too dusty!" he observed quietly. "What do you mean, Dingleton?" "Good Idea to look such things over, about well, about quarterly, Mr. Bll lingsby. Any good man can run a long way off the track in less than a quar ter's time. In much less than a quar ter's time;" he repeated thoughtfully. "Why, I know the habits and environ ment of every one of our employes like a book, sir." "Do you?" The detective said this so politely, so casually and yet so pointedly, that the banker Instantly knew It meant: Then why these thefts, and why have you sent for Dingleton? And he flushed noticeably. "Good showing here; remarkably good showing, Mr. Blllingsby;" added the detective heartily. "Have you taken on any employes since these re ports?" "Why, yes. There's old Everett" "Old Everett?" , ; "He's not far beyond my' age; but I have come to think of him as 'old Eve rett.' he's so gray-haired, . quiet, am bling and hollow-eyed." "Quiet, ambling and hollow-eyed?" repeated Dingleton with the inflection of interrogation. "And what are his duties?" "On the depositors' accounts third or fourth assistant, I believe." "Has access back and forth, to the vaults and passes and repasses the tellers' compartments?" "Certainly. A dozen other empolyes of necessity have also. Now, see here, Dingleton, I don't want you to Involve that poor old fellow in any of your de tective stratagems. You fellows have a way of jumping at conclusions and then weaving all sorts of assumptions and devices to sustain your theories. Let old Everett alone. I wouldn't have him hurt with even the suspicion of a suspicion for my position here. Why, you might as well pounce upon -his boy, Harry, our messenger; ,as inorougn a personification of frankness and sun shine as ever helped bless the labors of a great city." 'Taken on together?" 'Wot exactly. The old gentleman first, a little over a year since; and Har ry, two or three months later, at the time our old messenger went out on a pension." You don't mind telling me under just what circumstances?" Mr. Blllingsby flushed again. A man of his judgment, and his position, pique easily at implied criticism of policy or sentiment. "Certainly not" Th& a little coolly. "You know I believe in physical train ing for business men? For years I have kept up my habit of taking lone walks every morning before and after breakfast; the after-breakfast Jaunt al ways terminating here at the bank." "Excellent idea;" observed Dingleton taking another comfortable clutch at his fat fingers. - ;' 'When the first pinch of the hard times was upsetting monetary affairs generally I made it a rule to get here unusually early. I saw a good deal on my way through the city that worried me thousands of men out of work, hungry, distracted and desperate. One morning on reaching the bank I saw this very man, old Everett, shuffling back and forth in a panting sort of way along the side of the bank build ing, looking as though he -were deter mined to do something for which he could pe taken, in charge by. the police." sort oi anarcniai tendencies?" sug gested Dingleton dozingly again. 'Yes, if an utterly discouraged man with a boulder in his pocket and his hand clutching the boulder, may be looked upon In that light' ... "Umph!" murmured the detective. -"I waa- miserably depressed " by the condition of business affairs; but some how I could not pass that man. and. thank God 1 1 did not As I stood at the corner hesitatingly our eyes met He turned quickly and hastened away, as If he knew I were conscious of his guilty purpose. . I overtook him in a moment; told him to wait about that little mat ter of the stone-throwing until; after breakfast; soon had him outside of a hearty meal, and his story briefly told." "Interesting,, probably?" ,. . "Yes; and sad." , T r; . -, umph!". --" vr-T:-.':: V?.; There was a faint flash of resentment in" the banker's glance at the Imper turbable Dingleton; but he continued, as when one able man, In his tone and Inflection rather than In his words, seta his own views stolidly against another able man's possibly differing theories,. "He was simply a man of good birth, surroundings and ambitions, a scholar, a thinker, a writer at one time a oo lege professor, I believe who had drift ed out of lucrative employment, Then relatives and friends fell off, one by one, and as hard times are fiercest and most merciless on this class, he had at last come to such desperate strait that his family was starving and he himself was maddened into a peculiar determina tion." The detective for the first time here exhibited a trace of Interest. "It was to do something," continued the banker, "so desperate, and yet so unique and unusual, as to secure piib lio attention to and sympathy for his family; whatever the result to himself. My timely arrival at the bank alone prevented him destroying one of our huge plate windows." "Was this the result on tils part of sudden Impulse or of deliberation?" casually Inquired tho detective. "Thorough deliberation, he told me, as the only means open to him to save his family from actual starvation." ' "Well?" "I examined a few letters and papers he had with him; was satisfied his situ ation waa precisely as he represented It; gave him quite a sum of money with which to relieve the Immediate ne cessities of his family; carefully looked up his references; and, within a week saw he had the place here In the bank which he has since filled with an almost abject and slavish regard for the mi nutest detail of his duties. Why, If you could just once look In his face fifth desk to the right, book-keeping department and In the face of that boy of his, I even think the great de tective, Allan Dingleton, would melt for a moment Into something like com passion for and confidence In human kind!" "No doubt; no doubt;" the latter re joined assurlngly. But he Immedltely Inquired with some earnestness: "How about the boy?" "Harry Eeverety Why, he came and went with his father for time, and I was so taken with his engaging ways, his bright, energetic and chipper deter mination In all little things about him coming under my notice, that I gave him the place of messenger the moment It was vacant. That boy will make his mark In the world, if I am any judge of character, Dingleton." "Rather fond of him, aren't you?" The detective said thiB with a good deal of searching keenness. "Yes, I am. I don't mind telling you, In confidence, that entirely aside from his splendid character, his face Is start llngly like like well, Dingleton, al most every man can open the book of his life to a well-thumbed and sacred page" "Decidedly! Decidedly!" said the detective uneasily but sympathetically. "On that page, in my book, is the face of the first not the only one, bless my good wife! woman I ever loved. We quarreled about some trifling thing; and as I was only Just starting then and had everything to acquire, a man of better station happened along and " "Of course; of course. You can't al ways depend on 'eni. Just walked oft with her, I s'pose?" interrupted the de tective compassionately. 'Yes; Just walked off with her. Ah, me! That was nearly twenty-five years ago. Well, Harry Everett's face Is her face, Dingleton; her face as nearly as a boy's can be a woman's! But he's a noble fellow, on his own account; and I really think the world of him." ; . "Just so; Just so! Now see here'.'Mr. BIMingsby," remarked the detective crisply, as he fussily looked at hlswaoh "You want these peculations stopped?" "They must be." ( "Well, I won't try to stop them unless I am free to stop them my way!" The president of the Trust and Securi ty bank arose as if about to terminate the interview with a heated protest. "My way, mind!" repeated Dingleton quietly. But he addd quickly: "We'll begin by suspecting nobody." The banker's face relaxed. Ivory it Floats IS HOT LOST tHE PROCTER & GAMBLE 00 OIHTI. OOAP1 Hand in Hand go grease and indigestionthat's why physicians con demn modern lard. Hand in hand go health and Cot tolene that's why Cottolene has received the endorse ment of the leading lights of the medical profession. When you feel that it would be a pleasure to eat any kind of pastry or fried food, without fear of indigestion, I 3 "We'll leave the Everetts out." Mr. Blllingsby took the detective's band heartily. ' "We'll Just play It wide open, for gen eral results; and shadow and 'run out' very one in the bank again thorough ly?" "Good, good!" "And If a supposititious 'Bank Exam iner" understand? happens In sudden ly meantime, It will b all right?" "Certainly; certainly. I understand. Be thorough, now; so thorough that you'll come back here when we have the right party, and apologize for your half suspicions of my proteges!" "Oh, sure, sure. Morning; morning!" And the two men of affairs separated; each thoroughly respecting the other, but each as thoroughly decided and de termined In his own convictions. The banker turned to his morning's mall, but his anxiety for the outcome of the Dingleton Investigation was upper most He tried to reason himself out of this, and to analyze his own strange distur bance of mind. The figure of old John Everett In the court, and his furtive glance up to his window, as If to ofsure himself that the banker had not yet ar- (Contlnued on Seventh Pnire.) it Perfect How to Attala It" . A Wonderful New Medical 'Jook.wrltten for Mm (inly, one copy may be had im on application. ERIE MEDICAL CO. . KllOARl Swiss, UFFALO. N. V. m BAKER BLANKET Longest wearing hone blanket made. UMtlmoDlAla to thin eCvot. isult botb with and without surcingled. Look for Home stamped Inside. Wu, Aybes fciONS, Fhii.aua. 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