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
"Eh What? Why, certainly not
Never had a larger surplus than this
very minute;" replied the teller In al
most offended surprise.
'I.-ead morally, lncontrovertlbly
"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
"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.'
"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posits will be quietly withdrawn.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
"Two million more than we can use,
in the vaults;" replied the teller with an
"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
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
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.
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,
"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
"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
"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
"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.
"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."
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
"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
"On the depositors' accounts third or
fourth assistant, I believe."
"Has access back and forth, to the
vaults and passes and repasses the
"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
You don't mind telling me under just
Mr. Blllingsby flushed again. A man
of his judgment, and his position, pique
easily at implied criticism of policy or
"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." '
"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
"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
'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.
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"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.)
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