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THE DURHAM RECORDER.
I I I I I fihe BLACK BAG By Louis Joseph Vance hopyri gentleman. It" appears that If you ever were the latter you've fallen bo low that you willingly cast your lot with thieves." Having exhausted his repertory of rudeuess, Klrkwood took to twiddling lls thumbs. "1 want to ask you If you think It fair to me or my son to leave us in Ignorance of the place where you are to meet the thieves who stole our my son's Jewels? , ! "Mrs. Hallam," he said soberly. "If 1 am going to meet Mr. Calendar or Mr. Mulready, I have no assurance of that fact There was only the briefest of pauses, during which she analyzed this, then quickly, "But you hope tor abe snapped. lie felt that the only adequate retort to this would be a shrug of his shoul ders, doubted his ability to carry one off and again took refuge In silence. The woman abandoned a second plan ef siege with a readiness that did cred it to her knowledge of mankind. She thought out the next very carefully before opening with a masked battery. "Mr. Klrkwood. can't we be friends?" "Nothing could please me more, Mrs. Qallamr Tm sorry If I've annoyed you" "And I too. have been rude." "Last night, when you cut away so suddenly, you prevented my making you a proposal, a sort of business prop osition" "Tesr "To come over to our side" "I thought so. That was why 1 went" "les; I understood. Bat this morn ing, when you've bad time to think it oser" -I have no choice in the matter. Mrs. IJanam." The green eyes darkened ominously. "Yon mean I am to understand, then, that you're against us. that you prefer to side with swindlers and scoundrels, all because of a" She discovered Lira eying her with a smile of such inscrutable and sardonic Intelligence that the words died on her lips, and she crimsoned treasonably to herself, for be saw it, and the belief he had conceived while attending to her tissue of fabrication earlier that nornlng was strengthened to the point ef conviction that if anything bad been stolen by anyr?dy Mrs. Hallam and her son owned It as little as Calendar. As far the woman, she felt she bat steadily lest r t i r than gained ground "So," she sa'1 slowly after a silent time, "yon ro not fur Queensborouuh: The corollas of that admission. Mr. Klrkwood, Li that yoa are for Sheer ness." "I believe." he replied wearily, "that there are no other stations on this line after Xewlcgtou." "It follows, then, that-that I fol low." And In answer to his perturbed giaaee s' added: "Oh. Ill grant that Intuition Is sometimes- a poor amide. Cut if you meet George Calendar so siiaD I. Nothing can prevent that Yon can't binder me." Dating the brief balance of the i'jur- ej Mrs. Hallaru presumably bad food for thought She frowned, pursed ber Spa aid with one daintily gloved fore leger followed a seam of ber tailored alirt. while Klrkwood sat watching ai d wondering bow to rid himself o her if she proved really as troubtesotn ssi sue threatened to be; also be won dered continually what It was all atemt Why did Mrs. Hallam sun' Ho of designing to meet Calend.ir at tyseensborough? Had she any tangible ground for believing that Calendar eoeW be found in Qtieensborough? Presumably she bad. ln- she was avowedly In pursuit of that gentleman and, Klrkwood inferred, bad booked for Queensborough. Was he. then. musing awsy from Calendar and hi Ji bum n i-r-f. If fAllary cow- '" " a wwo 1 11 My bis ' credulous fancy , off Shceriieas shore? - - - . - . ,. . Disturbing reflection, ne scowled over it, tbeu considered the other side of the face. Presuming Mrs. Hallam to have bad reasonably dependable as surance tliut Calendar would stop In Queensborough. would she so readily have abandoned ber design to catch him there ou the mere supposition that Klrkwood might be looking for blui In sncerness? That did uot seem likely to one who esteemed Mrs. Hallam's acumen as highly as Klrkwood id. lie brightened up. forgot that his was n fool's errand and began again to pro Jeet strategic plans Into a problematic future, A sudden jolt interrupted this pas time, and the warning screech of tie brakes Informed him that he had no time to scheme, but had best .continue ou the plan of action that had brought Mm thus far that is, trust to his star and accept what should befall without repining. , . He rose, opened the door and, hold ing it so. turned. , "I regret Mrs. Hallam," be an nounced, smiling bis crooked smile, "that a pressing engagement is about to prohibit my squiring you through the ticket gates.' You understand. I'm lure." His irrepressible bumor proved In fectious, and Mrs. Hallam's spirit ran as bigh as his own. She was smiling cheerfully when she. too, rose. "I also am in some haste," she fverred demurely, gathering up her hand bag and umbrella. A raised platform shot in beside the carriage, and the speed was so sensi bly moderated that the train seemed to be creeping rather than running. Klrkwood flung the door wide open and lowered himself to the running board. The end of the track was in sight and a man who has been trained to board San Francisco cable cars fears to alight from no moving ve hicle. He swung off. got bis balance and ran swiftly down the platform. A cry from a bystander caused blm to glance over his shoulder. Mrs. Hal lam vn then in the act of alighting. As he looked the flurry of skins sub sided, and she fell Into stride, pursuing. CHAPTER XV. f"LEEPY Sheerness must bare been scandalized that day and It gos sips have acquired ground for J man? an uncharitable surmise. Klrkwood, however, was so fortu nate as to gain the wicket before the employee there awoke to the situation. Otherwise, such is the temper of Brit ish petty cfflclaldom. he might have detained th fugitive. As it was. Klrkwood surrendered bis ticket and ran out Into be street with his luck still a dominant factor in the race. for. looking back, be saw that Mrs. Hal- b m bnd teen held up at the gate, an other victim of British red tape. Her tl-ket tad for Queensborough. she was attempting to alight one station farther down the line. and. while un doubtedly she was anxious to pay the excess fare, heaven alone knew wben she would succeed In allaying the sus picions and resentment of the ticket taker. "That's good for tea minutes' start T Klrkwood cowed. "And it never oc curred to me." x Before the station be found two backs in wsitlng. with little to choose between the in. .Neither was of a type that did uot -.' in to advertise Its pre Vlct j. an fashioning, and to neither was t .'.messed an animal that deserved anything but the epithet of screw. Klrkwood took the nearest for no oth er reason than because It was tbe nearest and all but startled tbe driver off Lis bos by offering double fare for a brisk pace and a simple service at the end of the ride. Succinctly be set forth bis wants. Jumped into tbe anti qua ted four wheeler and threw himself down upon musty, dusty cushions to hug himself over tbe Joke and bless whatever English bonrd of railway di rectors it was that first ordained that tk-kets should be taken up at tbe end instead of tbe outset of a Journey. It was promptly made manifest that be had further cause for gratula tluo, Tbe cabby, recovering from bis amazement, was plying an Indefatiga ble whip and thereby eliciting a degree of speed from bis superannuated nag that his fare bad by no means hoped for, much less anticipated. In a perVid of time surprisingly abort Klrkwood saw, from fleeting glimpses of tbe scenery to be obtained through tbe reeling windows, that tbey were threading tbe outskirts of tbe town. Synchronously, whether by design or through actual Inability to maintain It. the speed was moderated, and in tbe course of a few more minutes tbe cab strtptwd definitely. ' Klrkwood clambered painfully out shook bltrwlf together and the bruises out of bis bones and looked back. Aside from a slowly settling cloud of cut. tbe road ran clear as far as be could see to the point. In fact, where the town closed in about It He bnd won. at all events Insomuch as to win meant eluding the perwver trig Mrs. Ilnllam. Hut to what end? AMtra'tedly be tendered bis lonely sovereign to the driver and without eten looking at it crammed the beavj weight of change Into bis pocket in oversight which not only won blm tbe awestru'-k rdmlratlon of the rabl.y but entailed consequences (It may bet he Ht'le apprehended. It was with an abrentnilnded nod that be acquiesced in tbe nan's announcement that be might arrange about tbe boat fr him. Accordingly tbe cabby disappeared and Klrkwood coutlnnod to stare about him eagerly, bojiefully. v He fod on the brink ff ibe Thames estuary, there a possible Ave miles from shore t shore. From his feet ttucmi B ,road shingle beach shaped j ut:, to tbe water. fence IncloBeJ the dooryaroTof a ffsher- man's cottage, or, better, hoveWf, it need be accurately described at the J door of which tbe cabby was knockhig. Some little distance offshore a fish ing boat, cat rigged and not more than twenty feet over, all, swung bobbing tt ber mooring, keen?' nose searching Into the wind, at sight of which Klrk wood ga,vc thanks, for bis adventitious Jiilde bad served him well, if that boat were to be hired by any manner of persuasion. - But it was to the farther reaches of the estuary that he gave more prolong ed and most anxious beed. scanning narrowly what shipping was there to be seen. Far out a liner was riding the waves with serene contempt mak ing for the river's mouth and Tilbury dock. But a single sailing vessel of any notable tonuage was iu sight and when be saw ber Kirk wood's heart be came buoyant with hope, and be began io ircuiuic wuu uerrous engepricss, ior be believed her to be the Alethea. There's no mistaking a ship brlgnn- tlne rigged for any other style of craft that sails the seas. Voices approaching brought him back to shore. He turned, resuming his mask of sanity, tbebetter to con fer with the owner of the cottage and boats, a heavy, keen eyed fellow, un gracious and truculent of habit and chary of his words, as he promptly demonstrated. "I'll hire yonr boat" Klrkwood told blm, "to put me aboard that brigao- tine off to leeward. We ought to start at once." The fisherman shifted bis quid of tobacco from cheek to cheek, grunted Inarticulately and swung deliberately on his heel, displaying a bull neck above a pair of heavy shoulders. Dirty weather." he croaked, facing back from bis survey of tbe eastern skies before the American found out whether or not he ahould resent his insolence. "How much?" Klrkwood demanded curtly, annoyed. Tbe man hesitated, scowling blackly at the heeling vessel momentarily in creasing her distance from the shore. Then, with a crafty amile. "Two pun." he declared. The American nodded. "Very well." be agreed simply. "Get out your boat" Tbe fisherman turned away to sham ble noisily over tbe sb'.ngle. huge booted heels crunching, toward one of tbe dories. To this be set his shoul der, shoving It steadily down tbe beach until only tbe stern was dry. Klrkwood looked back for the last time, op the road to Sheerness. Noth Ing moved upon It He was rid of Mrs. Hallam. if face to face with a sterner problem. He had a few pem-e over 10 shillings in bis pocket and had promised to pay the roan four times as much. He would have agreed to ten times the sum demanded, for the boat be must and would have. But he bad neglected to conclude his bargain, to come to an understanding as to tbe method of payment, and be felt more than a little dubious as to tbe recep tion tbe fisherman would give bis proposition, sound as be (Klrkwood) knew tt to be. In the background the cabby loi tered, gnawed by lnsntlable curiosity. The fisherman turned, calling oyer bis shoulder. "If ye'd catch yon ves sel, come!" With one final twinge of doubt tbe task of placating this surly dog was anything but inviting tbe Auierb-an strode to the boat and climbed In. tak ing tbe stern seat The flshermao shoved off. In time the dory lay alongside the ratboat. the fisherman with a gnarled band grasping tbe hitter's gunwale to bold the two together. With some dif ficulty Klrkwood transshipped himself. landing asprawl in tne cockpit amia a tangle of cordage slippery with scales. The skipper followed, with clumsy ex- pertness bringing tbe dory's painter with him and hltcblng It to a rlnglmlt abaft tbe rudder bead. Then, p using an Instant to stare luto the east witlt somber eyes, he shipped tbe tiller and bent to the halyards. Aa tbe sail rat tled up. flapping wildly, Klrkwood marked with relief, for it meant so much time saved, that It was already close reefed. But wben at last tbe boom was thrashing overhead and tbe halyards had been made fast to their cleats the fisherman again stood erect peering distrustfully at the distant wall of cloud. Then, In two breaths, "Can't do It" he decided-"not at the price." "Why?" Klrkwood stared despair ingly after tbe brigantlne, that was al ready drawn far ahead. "Dancer." growled the fellow "wind." At a loss completely, Klrkwood found no words. He dropped his bead, coo sidertug. " "Not at tbe price." tbe aullen voice iterated, and be looked up to find tbe cunning gnze upon blm. "How much, tbtn?" "five pun I'll have, no less, for risklu my life this day." "Impossible. I haven't got It." In silence the man unshipped tbe till er and moved toward tbe cleats. "Hold on a minute." Klrkwood unbuttoned bis cost and. freeing the chain from bis waistcoat buttonholes', removed his watch. As well abandon them altogether.- He bad designed leave thern as security for the 2 and bad delayed atatlng tbe terms only for fear lest tbey be re fused. ow, too late, as ever, be rec- ognlWHj bis error. But surely, he thought H should l apparebt even to that low Intelligence that tbe time- p1e-e atone was worth more than the boat Itself. "Will you take these?" be offered "Tate and keen hem. Only set tne aboard that ship!" Deliberately the fisherman weighed the waU,haaiLcj4lu UUiilif'J$L palm, eyes narrowing t" mere",sllfsln his bronzed mask. " "now much?" he asked slowly. , "Eighty pounds together. The chain alone cost me twenty." The shifty, covetous eyes ranged from the treasure- in his band to the threatening east A puff of. wind caught the sail and sent tbe boom athwnrtshlps like a mighty flail. Both men ducked Instinctively to escape n braining. "now do I know?" objected the skipper. 1 "I'm telling you. If you've eyes yon can see." retorted Klrkwood savagely, seeing that be bad erred In telling the truth. The amount he bnd named wes too grent to he grasped at once by thii erode, cupldinous brain. "How do I know?" the man repeat ed. Nevertheless be dropped watcb and chain into his pocket then, with o meaning grimace, extended again hla horny, greedy palm, "Wbat"- "Hand over th' two pun and we'll go.r "I'll see you banged first r "Ashore ye go." He pronounced hla ultimatum, motioning Klrkwood to en ter the boat The American turned, looking foi the Alethea or for the vessel that he believed bore that name. She wai searing the lightship wben he found her. and as be looked a squall blurred the air between them, blotting the brigantlne out wHb s smudge of ram. The effect waa as rf she had vanished, na If she were forever snatched from his grasp, and with Dorothy aboard her heaven alone knew In what need of him! , , . Mute and blind with despair and wrath, he turned upon tbe man and caught him by tbe collar, forcing hint out over the lip of the overhang. Tbey were unevenly matched, Klrkwood fai tbe slighter, but strength came to him In tbe crisis, physical strength and ad dress such as be bad not dreamed were at bis command. And tbe surprise of bis onslaught proved an ally of on guessed potency. Before be himself knew It be waa standing on the over- bang and bad shifted his hold to seise the fellow about tbe waist; then, lift ng him clesr of tbe deck and aided by tbe lurch of the catboat be cast him bodily into tbe dory. Tbe man, falling, struck bis bead against one of the thwarts a glancing blow that stunned him temporarily, Klrkwood himself dropped aa If shot, a trailing reef point slapping his cheek until It stung as the boom thrashed overhead. It was as close a call as be had known. Tbe knowledge sickened blm a little. Without rising he worked the paint er loose and cast tbe dory adrift then crawled back Into the cockpit Nc pang of compassion disturbed blm as he abandoned the fisherman to tbe mercy of lue sea. Though the fellow lay still, uncoutbly distorted. In tbe bottom of tbe dory, be was In no dan ger. Tbe wind and waves together would carry tbe boat ashore. For that matter, tbe man was even then re covering, struggling to sit up. - Crouching to avoid the boom. Kirk wood went forward to tbe bow and. grasping tbe mooring cable, drew It In, slipping back Into tbe cockpit to get a stronger purchase with bis feet It was a struggle. Tbe boat pulled slug gishly against tbe wind, the cable Inch ing in Jatouly. And behind him bt could bear a voire bellowing Inarticu late menaces and knew that In another moment tbe flshermao would tie at bis oars. Frantically be tugged and tore at tht slimy rope, hauling with a will and a prayer. 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