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7 -fiir A' ".-vc "" " n".:v PITTSBURG ? X- PAGES 9 TO 12. : rwjsrxsgf f - - .- i , .' .?:qpr f'X -r SFnnNn part u Li DISPATCH - ' . vhwuiiw nil . - ,. 'Hi. tKOW FIKST fiSEHESOFSHOBT STORIES By J. Marsden Sutcliffe, ENTITLED fc.THB KOMAMJE OF AS IATSURMCE OFFICE, Betjtg Passages et the Expkeience op Me. AUGUSTUS WILLIAM WEB BER, Formerly General Manager of the Universal Insurance Company. ALL RIGETS I CaughUn His Own Trap. CONCLUDED. IV. The search for the missing will was not resumed until the -week following the burial of the late 'Squire. For one thine. Mr. "Webber was not anxious to begin the quest until the excitement occasioned by the news that the will was not to be found, as the "Squire had stated, which passed through the whole household like an electrical shock, had time to subside. He wished also to allow Doggett time to discover some clue before courting the risks of fresh suspicion that would be certain to arise when once tne search was begun in good earnest, and ended as he feared it would end in a bar ren result. Doggett or Holmes, as he was known at Eversleigh soon succeeded in installing himself a prime favorite in the servants' hall, though it must be admitted that his gleanings from that field were few and poor. He soon learnt, however, that both the cous ins were '"uncommon sweet on their dear young lady," but opinion was sharply di vided among the servants as to who would prove the lucky man. Both Ralph and Eric were equally popular; Balph as treated by the late 'Squire "exactly as his own son," and Eric for his genial and courteous man ners. The servants, too, though closely watched by the astute detective, were seen to be thoroughly honest As Bennett (whom Doggett succeeded in turning inside out in very little time') observed,'there's not one of the servants who would injure a hair of master Ralph's head orHo anything to vex Miss Eversleigh; and both things would happen if any of them had tampered with the wilL" "Besides," he asked, tri--nmphantly. "whv should they do it? Tell me that "Why should they do it now?" One important fact, however, the detect ive succeeded in worming ont of the butler. "When he received the 'Squire's clothing, and Mr. Eversleigh's own instructions to see that they were brushed and replaced in his wardrobe, he took them to his own room and laid them aside. "I had something else to think about, I do assure you, just then," said Bennet, "be sides giving out his clothes to be brushed, when Dr. Deane came down stairs and told me the bad news. "When I heard that my poor dear master was dying, you might have knocked me down with a feather. Yes, you might His clothes went clean out of my head. They were never meddled with until the next morning, when I emptied the pockets and gave them to James to brush." "And the keys we're not there then?" asked Doggett. "No, of course not, Mr. Holmes." said Bennett "Else where Ehould they be now?" This logic was convincing to the hearer, who had grown to entertain a hearty liking for the old servant And, naturally, you did not Iockyonr roonfat night?" Doggett-oontinued. "No, I didn't "We are fell honest people here, I can tell you." Here, then, was a clew at last, and one that seemed worth while following up. If any persons wanted to obtain possession of the 'Squire's keys in order to make away with the will, what was to hinder them availing themselves of Bennett's absence from his room during the long, miserable night when the 'Squire lay dying? "Phew," cried the detective softly to him self, as he strode down the avenue of elms, whither he had retreated to think the mat ter out without danger of interruption. "How stupid of me not to have thought of that before. There can only be one of the young men for it The only question is, which of them is the culprit? Is it Eric? The trick would be too blackguardly for a nice-spoken fellow like General Vernon's son to do. When he can have Miss Evers leigh and a snug fortune with her, as Ben nett says, for the asking, he could scarcely be so covetous as to want the whole. There is only Ralph for it But ihat could be his little game? To refuse to allow Miss Eversleigh to act on her father's will un less she consented to include herself with the estates? Not a bad idea that I must have a stricter eye on them both." The search for the missing will was fixed to commence after lunch' on the Monday after the funeral. Mr. "Webber, deciding that occupation of so exciting a nature would serve to withdraw Miss Eversleigh from too much brooding over her loss, ob tained her consent to assist in the quest Erie offered his services with alacrity, and was joined to the party. Balph moodily stood aloof, declining, for reasons to be dis closed, to bear a hand. Mr. "Webber pressed Bennett into the service, who, if the truth must be told, wonld have been highly offended it he had been left out in the cold. Soggett was allowed to remain master of his own movements, to join in the search or to employ himself as he pleased. Mr. "Webber was sitting in the library be fore lunch when the detective entered the room. "I should just like to have a word with you. sir, before you begin." "Very good, but make your story as short as you can." "It is only to say that I hope yon will "", find the will, and I think you may." j, "Why do you think so?r ''Because if this is a stolen will case I don't think it will ever be unravelled the culprit in that case has laid his plans too well. Of the two alternatives I lean to the idea that the 'Squire mislaid it and then forgot that he had done so." "But the keys? How do you get over the kys?" "I admit that the keys are important, and If anybody was bent on destroying the will they had ample opportunity to do so, for Bennett did not examine the clothes un til the morning after." "That is very important," said Mr. "Web ber. "Yes, it is important, supposing that there is a scamp in the house. Is there? If so; who is it? There are only three persons for it Miss Eversleigh, MrRalph and Mr. Eric. Of courte, it is our business to sus pect everybody, but we must look to mo tive. The only person interested in the de struction of the will appears to be Miss Eversleigh, but that is impossible. Shall we say Mr. Ralph? It would be a curious thing for a man to do: destroy a will that gave him a fine estate like this. Still he might have some motive for .o mad an act "By Jove! Doggett"" cried Mr. "Webber, . "I 'oelieve you have caueht the right pig by the ear. It is just the thing that that young man would do, if it entered his head to suppose that the 'Squire was unjust in leaving the property awav from his daughter." Doggett maintained an unbroken silence, . 'csgerly watching the countenance of his . chief. V ""hynotMr. Eric, if we are to begin SJ inspecting the family," demanded Mr. V,ebber snadenly after a pause. j -Mr. Erie loses a legacy by the disap pearance of the will. What is his mo tive?" VHave you considered this question," PUBLISHED.: RESERVED. said Mr. Webber. "Both the young men are suitors for Miss Eversleigh's hand. Let U3 imagine that Mr. Erio is most in favor. Do you not see that the destruction of the will would give him both mistress and estate?" "I have thought of that," the detective answered, "but I don't take your view. If Miss Eversleigh could induce Mr. Ralph to allow her to act on her father's will, she might marry Mr. Eric,if she were so minded, without any compunction. But you cannot convey an estate to a man who refuses to have it Mr. Ralph has Miss Eversleigh in a cleft stick. He has only to stand out against her determination to act on her lather's will, when it is not forthcoming, in order to win her. She must either marry him or rob him of both estate, and mistress. She would probably accept him when she saw no other way of making good to him his loss of fortune. There is a good reason, therefore, for suspecting Mr. Ralph; and the same reason holds good for not suspecting Mr. Eric If he "is the culprit he will be caught in his own trap. He is not such a fool." "In that case there are two alternative possible motives to be attributed) to Mr. Ralph a chivalrous wish to undo his uncle's act, or a crafty scheme' to put Miss Eversleigh into your cleft stick and compel her to marry him whether she cares for him or not " "That is so." So much of this conversation between Mr. Webber it is necessary to repeat in order. that what follows may be clearly understood. Doggett left the room soon afterward and turned down the corridor leading to the servants' hall, where Bennett's room was situated, intending to have a conversation with that worthy; meditating even a dis closure of his identity and his errand to Eversleigh Hall, for by this time he had formed the highest opinion of the old servant's trustworthiness. Just as he reachd Bennett's room, however, Bessie, one of the upper housemaids, came along, and finding the room empty Doggett drew her in and closed the door. "Look here, Bessie Dance, I want to ask you a question or two." "Laws a mnssy, Mister Holmes, what about?" "You rememberthe 'Squire being brought home?" "In course I do. As if a body would ever forget that" "Between the time of the 'Squire coming home and the next morning, when he died, did you see anyone enter this room?" Bessie's answers to the close catechizing to which she was subjected need not be re corded. At its close there was a look of triumph in the detective's eye, and Bessie resumed her progress upstairs, with her cheeks in a blaze and her heart thumping in her breast like a frightened bird. For had she not taken an oath that she would not reveal the conversation that she had been holding with Mr. Holmes, until he gave her permission, for if she did, it would be sure to injure Miss Eversleigh? Meanwhile another interview was going on in the morning room between Miss Ev ersleigh nd her cousin Ralph. Ralph Eversleigh had become strangely altered since the 'Squire's death. He nad lived his life as much as possible moodily apart, refusing to hold communication with anyone, beyond what the barest civility de manded. He had scarcely spoken to his cousin Gwendoline since he led her from the room where the last breath had depart ed from her father's body and she had flung herself on the inanimate clay in a violent paroxysm of grief. He only met her when the household came together for the neces sary meals, and then he would speak no word unless he was addressed, though his eyes, like the eyes of some great faithful watchdog, followed her and hung in mute imploring pity on her every movement He cursed his cousin Eric savagely in hi heart when he heard his profuse expressions of sympathy, and saw how he strove by thoughtful attentions to make himself necessary to his cousin's comfort He ground his teeth in impotent wrath when he saw'Gwendoline smile back in Eric's face though it was a wan and wintry smile in acknowledgment of Eric's at tentions. He was roused temporarily out of his apathy when he heard of the missing will, bnt his interest ceased immediately when fee learned that the will left him master of Eversleigh. He wandered aimlessly through park and plantation, covering many miles every day, neglecting to return the salutes of those who met him, never even appear ing to see them, so wrapt was he in his gloomy reflections. It seemed to Gwendo line as if her father's death or some more occult cause had "froze the genial current of his soul" and that he was trying to avoid her; and her womanly heart went forth in divinest pity toward this man in whose breast all hope and all interest in life seemed to have died away. He had in fact excited in Gwendoline that compassion which is so akin to love that "thin par titions" alone divide the two sentiments. . If Ralph had known and intended it, he was taking the course that was best adapted to bring about the realization of the wish that lay so near to his uncle's heart But the death of the 'Squire had acted with a peculiar effect on Ralph's temperament For the first time he found himself asking who was he that he shonld dare to aspire to the hand of the heiress of Eversleigh? Had he not all his life long, since the death of his father, eaten the bread of depend ence? What right had his uncle to disin herit his own daughter in his favor? How conld it be right for him to take advantage of the position in which the will placed him, supposing the will were discovered. "But the will won't be found," Ralph mur mured to himself with a grim chnckle, "dead me"n tell no tales and burnt docu ments don't come to light again." Balph was proud and now that he had awoke to his 'position, without fortune or lands, without a profession by which he could make his own way in the world, it seemed to his morbid self-consciousness that it was nothing less than presnmption for him-to dream of renewing his suit Men would stigmatise him as a fortune-hunter, and he wonld Buffer in his own self-respect forever. With Eric, whop his jealousy taught him that Gwendoline was disposed to favor, it was different Erio enjoyed a handsome allowance from his father, whose wealth would enable him to make such a provision, for his eldest son as would save him from the impntation of seeking his cousin's love from mercenary motives. Altogether Ralph felt that his cup was very bitter; and now that Gwendoline seemed removed entirely ont of his reach his love for the'beautiiul and high-spirited girl was fast slipping out of his control. He was setting out for one of his daily peregrinations, when he was arrested by a message that Miss Eversleigh wished to see him in the morning room. His heart leaped within him he could not help that as he entered the room and Gwendoline welcomed him with snch a smile as he had not seen herbestow on Eric; but he pulled himself sharply together and stood there in the middle ot the room like a figure carved in stone. "Won't you sit down. Balph?" Gwendo line asked timidly, while a scarlet blush dyed her cheeks, tor now Balph had come to her at her bidding she was at a loss how to begin. She meant in her pity for him to bring some balm to his wounded spirit, and, if needs be, to chide him for his conduct that was adding so crnelly to her distress. But she was half afraid now that he stood before her. He took a seat near her, and then, placing her cold hand on his, which burned as if he were consumed by some inward fever, she gathered'eourage. "I want you to join in the search for poor papa's will, Ralph." "I cannot do that," he said. "Why not?- Come, tell me tell me every thing." "There Is nothing to tell," he answered gloomily, "only I thonght you knew me better, Gwendoline, than to suppose that I would do anything to disinherit you. You, whom I love beyond everything else." He had not meant to refer to his love, but the speech escaped him before he knew it "But, Ralph, you are laboring under a serious mistake," persisted- Gwendoline gently. "Do you not know that Eversleigh has alwavs gone to an Eversleigh, time out of mind, in the male line. And you are for getting that I am not disinherited. The will secures to me a large sum of money, too large for my requirements I am afraid. I shall not know what to do with it" "Say no more, Gwendoline," said Ralph, rising from his seat "This talk is useless. I shall never be master of Eversleigh. That I swear." "That is nonsense," Gwendoline replied quickly. "When the will is found you will be master here, whether you like it or not" "The will won't be found," said Ralph, with a bitter laugh. At this, Miss Eversleigh rose from her seat, and placing her hand on Ralph's arm, fixed her bine eyes, that were filled yith tears, searchingly upon 'his face. "Forgive me, Ralph," she said tenderly, "I do not wish to give you pain, but your manner is so strange that I must ask the question. Have you destroyed the will?"' "What should put such a thought as that into your head?" asked Ralph, evasivelv. "If you have not destroyed the will," said Miss Eversleigh, ignoring "Ralph's question, "it must be found. It can only have been mislaid." "Let ns hope that it will never be found. It can be no good. If it is recov ered I shall bid you farewell forever." "This is 'madness, Balph sheer mad ness." , "Well, I am mad," replied Ralph, stub bornly. "What of that? Men have gone mad for less, I think." "I cannot understand you, Ralph,"-said Miss Eversleigh in a pained and perplexed tone. "Let us bring' this interview to a close, J uwenuoune. j. uo not expect you to under stand me. You never cared to. I don't say that to reproach you, God forbid. But, at least, you can understand this. The only friend I ever had in all the world is gone. There is no loneliness like mine. What care I for houses or lands now?" "You forget, Ralph," said Gwendoline, with some dignity, "that my loss is as great as yours. Some would think it greater." ""So, I do not forget that, Gwendoline," exclaimed Ralph gently, and then added, with a bitterness of tone that pained and shocked Gwendoline, "but for you there is comfort; for me none." ''Comfort.Ralph? How can you say so?" cried Gwendoline faintly. "Ay, comfort! The mistress of Evers leigh will soon have lovers in plenty." The keen anguish with which this last scarcely veiled reproach was uttered cut Grendoline deeply, and her bosom heaved wildly at the thought of what she was about to do. A moment more and she would have flung herself on his breast and whispered in his ear, "Take mc to your heart, Ralph, and let us comfort each other." But Ralph had not the instinct to read the signs of waver ing in her flushed face, her heaving breast, and the look of intense sorrowful yearning that she cast upon him. He spoke, and his next speech destroyed the spell. "Let this end, Gwendoline," he said, hastily. "It is painfnl for both, and can do no good. I swear solemnly that there exists no power that can keep me at Eversleigh.' "Be it so," answered Gwendoline,proud ly, feeling her efforts scorned. "I have done. I will plead no more." Ralph tnrned on his heel and left her left her too quickly to hear the passionate sobbing of the woman whom he had left be hind. For at last the woman's heaTt within her spoke loudly. Pity had completed what her father's dying words had begun what had been begun in her long before, if Ralph had been a wiser lover. "Oh, Ralph, .Ralph, come back tome," she cried. "'We are alone together, and I love you, I love you," and she buried her face in the couch on which she had flung herself when the door closed on Ralph. vBut Balph had passed out of earshot, and when night fell there was another mvstery added to the mystery already reigning at Eversleigh Hall, for Ralph did not return. He had gone and left no trace behind. V. A month passed after Ralph's disappear ance. No tidings had been received from him, and the search for the missing will was at an end. The house had been searched from top to bottom. It had been renewed, and the same process repeated, with futile result Eric had borne a prin cipal part in the quest, and Doggett, too, had worked side by side with him, assisting to unravel the mysterious disappearance of the wilL There was no room for doubt that the will had been stolen. Mr. Webber, in his. recoil from the dark suspicions opened out, would fain have found a loophole for escape by falling back on the supposition that the 'Squire's mind had been wandering, but Miss Eversleigh's testimony on this point was so clear and emphatic that there was no other alternative left The will had been mysteriously spirited away. But with what object and by whom? There was only Erie or Ralph for it But who could suspect the open-minded and candid Eric, who hatf'labored more assidu ously than they all to unearth the missing document?. Ralph's disappearance on the very day when the search was resumed wore an ugly look; and Mr. Webber found himself driven to the conclusion that some over-scrnpulous regard for the interests of his cousin had led Ralph to destroy the will and secure to her the inheritance to ther Eversleigh estates. When Doggett was asked his opinion on the matter he confessed himself unable to decide. He had a clew so he said but of so fragile a character that he must ask to be allowed to retain it in his own breast, 'or the only chance he had of working it out to a successful conclnsion would be cone. "Do yon mean that I am not to kno; PITTSBUIIG, SATURDAY, APEIL 27, 1889. what it is?" asked Mr. Webber, doubtfully. "That is my meaning, sir. It is.better for the interests of all parties that you should place the fullest confidence in me, and for this reason. Ifis probable that I may have to take the most desperate venture I hate ever taken yet. If so, you will be thankful, when it is over, that you were not drawn into it, and that it was attempted without even your knowledge." , Mr. Webber's confidence in his private inquiry agent was so great that he deemed it advisable to take the hint, and leave Doggett to his" own devices. '"Perhaps you would not mind mention ing this evening at dinner, when the serv ants are about, that you intend to call in the services of two experienced detectives.' Mr. Webber looked curiously at the ex pressionless face of the detective, and gave a quick nod of intelligence. "I seel You want to try what fear will do." "That's about it" The next morning Gwendoline heard that her consin Eric was about to leave. "Is it true that you are going, Eric?' she asked. "Yes, I was thinking of going to-day," he replied. "If I could be of any assistanceby remaining I would do so. But I have al ready remained longer than I intended, what with uncle's death and the plaguey bother about this will." "It is very strange what can have become of it," Gwendoline answered -musingly. "And it is still more strange what has be come of poor Ralph!" .... ., "I would not trouble about that,' said Eric, lightly. "Ralph is all right. You may depend upon that." Something in his tone jarred on Gwendo line's ear, and she declined to pnrsue the subject further. "Coming back to your determination to leave us-r-" she said. "Do not say determination to leave us, said Erio in a tender tone. '"You know how willingly I would stay on. But now that the search is over, people might make re- "What about?" asked Gwendoline in some confusion. "They might sav that I was remaining behind to take advantage of the heiress of Eversleigh, and that would never do. I mean to return later if you will allow me." "You know I shall be pleased to see you again," Miss Eversleigh said. "You have been very good. But please don't hint at that I shall never marry;" and her eyes dropped as she breathed a sigh for the absent Ralph. Eric flattered himself that he had too much experience of the sex to be dismayed by this announcement The 'Squire's death was too recent; and the trouble about the missing will was""pressing too heavily upon her for Gwendoline to have thoughts of marriage in her mind. That-was Eric's interpretation of the declaration of celibacy. He was confident that he had made good running since he came down to Eversleigh, and now that Ralph was out of the way he was too astute a campaigner to press his advantage permaturely. He would trust to time anal absence to ripen matters. Eric decided to leave by the last train that left Bemerton for London. Bemerton is connected with the main line by a loop line, some 15 miles from the famons West ern junction. Gwendoline proposed that dinner should be served at an earlier hour to suit Eric's arrangements. There was a look of sadness on- Gwendo line's face as the hour of parting drew near, from which Eric drew rapid conclusions in favor of his suit when the" time came for him to urge it His spirits rose, and h lin gered over dinner, partaking freely of wine, until he broke off with a start "Bennett," he criedj as he pulled out his watch and noted the time, "hasn't Jenkins brought round the dog-cart yet?" "I will inquire, sir," the butler replied, demurely. He returned with the announce ment that Jenkins had been waiting with the dog-cart full quarter of an hour. "Why didn't the fellow send in?" asked Eric. "This is cutting it fine with a ven geance. There is barely time to catch the train." "You will come back if you miss it?" Gwendoline'exclaimed. "No, I think not We must drive to the junction in that case and catch the express," Eric replied, "But let us hope we shall catch the train." Eric's farewells were hastily said, and in a moment more he was seated by Jenk ins' side driving rapidly in the direction of Bemerton. But Jenkins had reasons of his .own for desiring that Erie's progress to Bemerton should be delayed. There was a heavy fog qn, and though Jenkins was wont to declare that he could drive for 20 miles round Ever sleigh blindfold, he managed .to take a wrong' turn that carried tEem some miles out ot their tracK. "Well, I'm Mowed if we haven't taken the road 'to Shenton," he cried. "Hang it, madman," exclaimed Eric, wrathfully, ''what do you mean by playing me a trick like that?" 'Couldn't help it, sir," answered Jenkins. "In this 'ere fog you can see nothing." When Eric arrived at Bemerton station he found the train had gone. "No matter," he cried, "you must drive me to the Junction." i- Meanwhile Doggett was engaged at the Junction, where .Eric .was bound, in close conversation with an official. "I hope I make my meaning quite clear," he was saying. "We don't want to arrest him here. In fact we cannot do it, because the warrant is at the other end. All the same, we cannot afford to lose sight of our man until we are met at Paddington, We must travel with him." "We are always glad to be able to serve you, gentlemen," said the official, smiling, "and if it can be done it shall be." "It mnst be done," said Doggett, slipping a sovereign into the man's hands. "It is as much as my berth is worth to let him slip." "You are sure he will make for this sta tion?" asked the man. "Quite sure," replied Doggett; "unless he is delayed by this fog. He will come driving up in a dog-cart drawn bv a, blue roan. Can't mistake the color. But my mate will point him out All vou have to do is to choose your orn man to meet him. He will want a carriage to himself, and his luggage with him. Let the porter see he has all he wants, and lock him in. Then at the last moment you come and fetch me and bustle me and my mate into the carriage with him. and trust us to hand him oyer all right at the other end." The .plan thus sketched oqt was agreed upon, and when Eric arrived at the Junc tion, the burly porter needed no hint'from Doggett's mate to tell him that this was the man whose coming was so eagerly looked for. "Here, porter, take these two portman teaus for tho up express," cried Eric, Vernon, jumping quickly down, and stamp ing his feet on the pavement to restore the circulation in his limbs, which had been chilled by the long ride' i,n the cold, raw fog, "More suggestive of November than the first week in May. The spring had turned off cold that year, and the night that Erio selected for his journey was the coldest and most unpleasant that a late spring had brought He waited while the porter obtained as sistance and carried his luggage to the plat form. "No, I shall not want them labeled," he said, arresting the man's movement "You can manage me a first-class to myself, I dare say,, and I wjll have these two portmanteaus in the carriage with me." TTnvinrr oattlAiJ 1.7a wn n mam An to T1.. lighted a cigar and adjourned to the re freshment room, where he called for a brandy. There was still an honr to wait before the express was due. But Erio managed to while away the time by Bharp exercise up and down the long and dreary platform, with occasional adjournments to the refreshment room in search of cold brandies. At last the train rushed in. There was ten minutes to wait before the express re sumed its journey, but Eric at once took his place in the carriage which an obliging porter reserved for his use, with his two portmanteaus on the seat opposite. When the train was about to start the porter, who had mounted guard over the carriage, touched his cap and remarked, "You will do all right, sir. The passengers are taking their places." "Many thanksl" said Eric, sliding a bulky silver Image of Her Majesty into the man's hand, who touched his cap once more and, having wished hima pleasant journey, walked away. A piercing scream from the engine whistle, and at the last moment the dooTof the car riage was flung open, and a superior official stood bqwing an entrance to an elderly gen tleman with grey hair and whiskers and reverend aspect, muffled up from head to foot, who was accompanied by his man servant A smothered curse rose to Eric's lips at the invasion, but it was useless to protest He had not engaged the compart ment, and the uniform of the official sug gested an officer who was above the corrupt ing influence of "tips." The stranger seemed (o Eric to be troubled with an asth matical cough, and in this circumstance he saw an element of hope. "Beg pardon, sir," he said, "this is a smoking carriage, and I am afraid my cigar will annoy you." "Not at all, not at all smoke myself," the stranger testily replied, glaring angrily from under the pent-house of his bushy, gray eyebrows at this plain hint that his presence was resented as an intrusion. Even as he spoke the signal was given. Another shrill scream from the whistle and the train was in motion. As it glided ont of the station the lights on the platform twinkled faintly in the fog and disappeared. There was no further stop until London was reached. The old gentleman coiled himself into his corner and composed himself to ''sleep, his servant carefully arranpintr the rnrra nvpr his knees. This done the valet followed the example of his master. The lamp in the carriage burned dimly, and was rendered more faint by the fog that penetrated within. The ligdt was too ob scure to read by, and Eric, upon whom his repeated "nipB" had begun to tell, thought he could not do better than snatch an hour's repose. He flung his cigar away, and in a few minutes hie stertorous breathing pro. claimed that he was in deep sleep. . Then a strange thing happened. The elderly gentleman suddenly awoke and danced searchingly at the sleeper. Next he quicklw divested himself of his traveling cap, muffler, coat, wig, and the rest of the "properties" of his disguise, and stood forth in his own proper character Doggett, the detective. His companion simply took off his coat and rolled np his shirt sleeves, displaying the brawny muscles of a pair of "arms'that would have done credit to a prize fighter. "Sound asleep, Joe?" Dogget whispered below his breath. "Sound as a church, '"was the laconic reply- Doggett next drew forth from his pocket a coil of thin, but well-strained rope, a manilla, and made it ready for use. "Now Joe," he said. At the signal, his companion threw him self upon the sleeping Eric, and pinned him fast; while Doggett, with marvelous celerity, coiled the rope round and round, twisting it this way and turning it that, until, be fore Eric could recover from the astonish ment and terror into which the sudden at tack had thrown him, he found himself bound hand and foot, after the the manner of the Davenport Brothers, his arms securely fastened to his side, and his legs fastened as though they Were in the stocks. "I thought I had not forgotten the old trick," said Dogeett, with a triumphant chuckle over his exploit "Now, Joe, out with his keys, and look alive." The light was too dim for Eric to recog nize his assailants, and he had not the re motest suspicion of their real purpose; not unnaturally concluding that he was the victim of an audacious railway robbery, and momentarily expecting that the pair wonld shoot him through the carriage door, and leave him to make his bed on the permanent way. But while the two men were busily en gaged overhauling the contents of his two portmanteaus, the train, which was rushing onward at CO miles an hour, dashed through Beading station, and the lights on the plat form adding something to the illumination of the carriage lamp, Eric for the first time caught a glimpse of Doggett's well-remembered features. "Holmes!" he exclaimed, as the station lamps flashed full on the detective's fase. "Ten thousand devils! Curse you!" Just then Doggett drew forth from the second portmanteau the missing will. "Here it is," he cried, ignoring Eric's wrath. "The last Will and Testament of Balph. Eversleigh, of Eversleigh Hall, Esquire." VL The detective's suspicions had jastenedjon Eric Vernon as the real delinquent in the matter from the time that he held his inter view with Bessie Dance, the housemaid, in Bennet's room, to which reference was made in a former chapter. When the detective questioned the maid on her knowledge of the persons who had entered Bennet's room in the interval between the home-bringing of the injured 'Squire and his death on the following morning, he expected that that was only the beginning of a longVxamina tion of the servants. But it appeared that Bessie had seen Mr. Vernon late in the evening quit Bennet's room, looking round him carefully as he did so, as though he were afraid of being seen. When once the detective had discovered that Erio had obtained access to the room containing the clothes of the 'Squire, in the pockets of which it was probable the missing keys then were, he entertained no doubt that Eric for some motive that he could not fathom had stolen the keys and purloined the will. At all events, he felt persuaded that he had a cine to work upon at last. He accordingly joined the search party with the express ob ject of keeping an eye on Eric, and what he saw only tended to confirm his suspicions. Eric's activity in the quest was beyond all praise. He showed himself keen and eager; and when the rest began to lose heart, he alone maintainedasanguinedemeanour and continued to speak hopefully. If a fresh suggestion were made it was snre to come from his lips. So admirably did Eric behave that to the watchful eye of the de tective he seemed a splendid actor, but was at last set down as overdoing his part It was at Eric's suggestion that they set out on a second search, in which Doggett took no part The detective stood out o f the game that Eric was playing in the hope that some plan might present itself for an examination of Erio's bedroom without at tracting the attention of the servants. It was, as Doggett subsequently described it, a case of "touch and go." He had only good cause for suspicion to go upon. If through any action of his, Eric became sus pected by the household, and the suspicion should turn out erroneous, the result would be seriously to compromise Mr. Webber, who had introduced a prying servant into the honse, and one so lost to all sense of duty that he had even dared to insinuate anything against so honorable and upright a young man as Mr. Vernon, who occupied an assured position. It was not easy to obtain an entrance into Eric's room unperceiyed. Doggett, who overheard Eric one day confessing to Mr. Webber that he was a heavy sleeper, deter mined at last to effect an entrance by night He waited until the great clock that stood in the hall struck out the hour two hours after midnight He found Eric's room se curely fastened. The next night he ob tained a ladder and renewed the attempt from the outside, bnt discovered to his mor tification that the ladder was too short for his purpose. There was another ladder kept near the stables, but this was too heavy for him to carry single handed, and, though at his wit's end, he hesitated to take a second person, even the trusty Bennet, into his confidence. At last fortune favored him. The coveted entrance was obtained after a third attempt, but only for the detective to find that fresh difficulties awaited him. The keys that he had brought with him would not fit the locks he wished to try. He was compelled to delay until he could procure a complete set of housebreaking apparatus, and when this arrived he had again to watch his op portunity to renew his attempt But a fresh disappointment awaited him, when, after opening Eric's portmanteaus and the wardrobe and drawers in his room, he found no trace of the document that he was search ing for. Then he decided to wait until something should occur to call for Mr. Vernon's de parture from Eversleigh. He communicated with Joe Watson, the companion in his exploit, who had accompanied him on many a hair-breadth's adventnre before, and find ing Joe at liberty laid his plans accord ingly. Eric took fright, as Doggett expected he would do, when Mr. Webber announced his intention to call in the aid of detectives and made arrangements, as we have seen, to de part on the following day. Doggett noislessly followed Erio upstairs on the last evening of his stay, and with his eye and ear alternately at the key hole learned enough to convince him that Erio had taken the will, and for some hidden rea son had neglected W destroy it Thereupon, he decided to 'invoke Bennett's assistance; and the plan was hit upon, that by whatever train Eric elected to travel, Jenkins shonld contrive by some mishap on the road to cause him to miss the train, and drive Eric, in his hurry, to be gone, to avail himself of the express. The plan was exposed to sev eral risks, bqt Doggett knew that he would not be entirely at the end of his resources if it came to grief. As we have seen, the fog came in to assist them, and Jenkins carried out his part in the game successfully. Nothing could exceed Eric's dismay when he recognised the detective and saw the stolen will dragged from his portmanteau in which he imagined it to be securely hid den. He knew that his theft laid him open to a criminal prosecution, and on his fears the detective played with great art, and brought matters to a conclusion. He explained that he was employed by Mr. Webber, who, as the executor under the will, would take what proceedings he thought proper without troubling Miss Eversleigh in the matter, and that he (Eric) had nothing to hope for. Eric turned pale at this statement, declaring himself ready to promise anything if the matter could be hushed up, "Whereupon Doggett, drawing the long bow considera bly, avowed that his instructions were of the most precise character. They were to hand over-Eric to the police immediately on the arrival of the train in London. But mercy might be shown to him on one condi tion that Erio should write a confession of his guilt in terms approved of by the de tective. If he complied with the. terms there would .be no proceedings, and the affair would be allowed to be forgotten. Eric agreed to the terms proposed, but re fused to the last to humor the detective bv disclosing the hiding-place of the will at eversleigh. The next day Doggett returned to Ever sleigh, carrying with him the will whose disappearance had created so much per plexity, and Eric's confession in the follow ing terms: "I Eric Vernon, lately of Eversleigh Hall, do hereby admit and say that the will of my uncle, the late 'Squire of Eversleigh, was stolen by me. Iy motive in so doing was the belief that when my cousin Ralph realized that he was without means of any kind, he would withdraw from his pursuit of Miss Eversleigh. I swear that this was my only motive, though I did not mean to restore the will except inka certain event that has not happened, and further than this I decline to say." The confession was dnly signed and wit nessed, and prodnced a great shock on Miss Eversleigh's mind when she received it from Mr. Webber's hands shortly after the detective's return. . "What can he mean," asked Miss Ever sleigh, "by saying that he did not mean to restore the will except In a certain event that has not happened?" "Do you really wish for my opinion?" asked Mr. Webber. "I do very much," Miss Eversleigh an swered. "I think he meant to use the will as a means of terrorising you. If you had de clined his attentions, he would have threat ened you with the loss of your estates, per haps even shown you the will to prove that his threats were not idle. In any case, by restoring the will he would have taken what he considered his revenee upon you for ' Ti-rii-it.r. ctmo itViaw e.i4 t "Poor cousin Eric, now deeply he has sinned," was all that Gwendolinecould find to say; and after that the name of Eric Ver non was never mentioned at Eversleigh again. The reco.very of the will deepened Miss Eversleigh's anxiety to discover the where abouts of her cousin Ralph. Neither she nor Mr. Webber, who shared her anxieties, had neglected hitherto to take steps to de termine Ralph's movements on the morning of his interview with Gwendoline, but now that Doggett was at liberty the matter was confided to him. 'I feel sure you will finoThim," said Miss Eversleigh, "and when you do, please tele graph to me and I will come at once. It will be best that he should hear what has happened from my lips." The detective smilingly took his leave, chuckling to himself as he thought: "That precious tool, Eric Vernon, has overreached himself; fallen a victim to his own cupidity. If he had let the will alone, he would have ?ron the'woman, though he would have lost the estate. Now he has lost both estate and mistress, too. Decidedly a case of caught in his own trap." - Ralph's movements were difficult to trace. He had been seen in Bemerton on the after noon after his interview with Gwendoline, but after that all trace of him was lost But the old and simple plan of advertisements offering a reward for information brought about the desired result Dogget had been absent some time when information reached him which enabled him to telegraph as fol lows: "Been very ill. Is now recovering. Ad dress The Georget Shrewsbury." Italph, after leaving his cousin Gwendo line, suddenly resolved that he would not subject himself to the risks of another in terview with Gwendoline, lest he shonld be tempted to for;o his purpose of keeping silence on the subject of his love, which he had come to feel that he, a penniless man, had noright to speak 'ot to his wealthy cousin. He set out walking toward Bemer ton undecided what step to take, until it flashed across him that his mother's rela tives lived in Shropshire, and that he would take shelter with them until he had time to think out his plans. "Who knows," he thought, "but I may settle down among them, the humblest rustic of them all? " His mother's relatives, he knew, were farmers, and at this moment the only thing that occurred to hii was to carry the only knowledge he had acquired to the most like ly market that he knew or- In his per turbed state of mind he found walking a relief to him; and he accordingly set out to walk to Shropshire. But after getting sev eral times drenched to the skin his strength gave way, and after arriving at Shrewsbury he took to. his bed and awoke in a high state of fever. He was nearly convalescent now when Doggett found him, through the com munications of the kind-hearted landlady. Miss Eversleigh set out for Shrewsbury, accompanied by her maid, immediately on the receipt of Doggett's telegram. The next day, when Ralph was sitting up for the first time, the landlady bustled into the room,, saying, "There's a lady to see you, sir." Before Balph csuld recover from his sur prise Gwendoline was kneeling at his feet with her arms thrown round his neck, and her smiling face raised to his. Gwendoline looked very lovely as she knelt there, for though the griefs through which she had gone, and the trying anxieties of the past tew weeks, that seemed to her now like an ugly dream, had told upon her, her excite ment and joy on seeing Ralph again, had smoothed out the lines of care from her face and dyed her softly-rounded cheeks with deep rosy red. Ralph thought he had never seen her look so lovely before. "Kiss me, Ralph," she said, after they had remained awhile, with eyes fastened on each other. "Kiss me," she repeated, with a touch of her old imperiousness. Ralph kissed her on the brow. "Not there, you foolish boyj" Gwendoline said gailv. "On my lips, quick." "Can this be true?" said Ralph, slowly, after he had kissed her. "Or am I deceiv ing myself?" "Can what be true?" asked. Gwendoline. "Is it that you are here, or am I dream ing?" "Very much here I should say, 'said Gwendoline, with a sou low laugn. "Has the will been found?" asked Ralph. "Now.not a word about the will, Ralph," answered Gwendoline. "I am mistress of Eversleigh, you know. You settled it so, if you remember. Do you wish to go back on your word?" "You know better than that," said Ralph, sadly. "It passes my comprehension how my uncle could have imagined that I would succeed to Eversleigh. It belonged to you of right. What has old world customs got to do with sueh matters?" "Then you are quite content that I should remain mistress of Eversleigh?" asked Gwendoline, and there was a look of mis chief in her eye, which, however, Ralph failed to notice. "Quite content" "Nevertheless I must break the spell of your illusion, Ralph," went on Gwendo line. "Yon are the" master of Eversleigh." "How so, if the will is not found?" asked Ralph. "Because you are the -master ot its mis tress' heart" "Gwendoline!" exclaimed Ralph, tremb ling now with mingled apprehension and delight, doubting whether he understood her meaning. "It is true, quite true," said Gwendoline with -downcast eyes. Ralph drew her to his breast, and as he held her there the throbbing of her heart told him all that he wished to know, and this time when his lips sought hers she re turned his kiss. Then she told him everything of Eric's sin and Doggett's strategy, and her own little ruse in keeping back from him infor mation of the recovery of the stolen will, lest the renewal of their former dispute re specting the succession to Eversleigh should provoke the rise of feeling that would keep them asunder all their lives. "You did not know that I was a fortune hunter before," She said, merrily, when she had finished her story. "My darling!" he exclaimed; and he kissed her again and again, while Gwendo line nestled closer to his breast "I do not nnderstand it," Ralph said, presently. "When did you begin to love me?" the question that lovers will always ask from their mistresses. "I think I have always loved you.Ralph," Gwendoline said, softly. "Bnt you did not show it," said Ralph, doubtfully. "No, you were my sulky bear, and didn't go the right way. Bnt you were my sulky bear all the time. And then, when I knew no change in me would produce any change in you, that you would love me still, what ever came that I was necessary to you, in fact why, I was pleased where is the woman that wonld not be? and I meant to tell you all this before, but you went away." "But Eric " "Not a word about Eric. That was only a passing infatuation because you were rude. Do you know what poor dear papa said? He said that Eric was Eric, and thoughtful for himself very thoughtful." "The 'Squire was right," said Ralph with emphasis. Ralph reigns at Eversleigh now, and makes, as Gwendoline predicted, a good master and a good landlord to his tenants. He is very happy and very proud of his beautiful wife, lor, as he says, "She not only gave me herself, but if Eversleigh had not been left to me she would have given me Eversleigh too. I hold all I have in trust for her and our children." 1 THE end. Next Saturday, "AN OUO JIAN'.S DARLING." AN OLD BAT'S CAUTION. A Mother's Rodent's Cnro for the Health of Her Tonne Illustrated. Officer Farrellln Globe-Democrat. J One very warm night last summer I hap pened to be standing in the bacic yard of a representative rockery in Clabber alley near an old chicken coop. The moon was shin ing upon the coop, and as I stood in the shadow of the house I noticed the head of a gray and grizzled rat thrust from a neigh boring rathole, and conclnded to watch the movements of the veteran. After a careful survey of the surroundings, the old rodent made cautious exit from the home retreat and moved cautiously to a pan of water standing near. Presently five half-grown young ones rnshed out 'and raced to see which was the first to the water. The old rodent seemed much alarmed, and, with a with a bound, leajed to the edge of the pan, raised herself on her haunches and bit and scratched at her offspring whenever they attempted to reach the pan. Presently I learned the reason of the mother rat's action. After she had suc ceeded in chasing the young ones back into their hole, she wet her whiskers in the water, looted rather snspiciously about,and sipped the water very cautiously, as if to whether or not it contained poisonous or deleterious matter. Then, after a satisfied glance all round.she gave a squeak, and the five young rats came running out and all drank their fill. The nofse of the sergeant's club at the corner of the house frightened them off and I had to go. Twins With bat Ono Set of Teeth, Lewlto Journal. "Speakin of twins," said the old man Chumpkins, "there was two boys raised in our neighborhood that looked just alike till their dyin' day. Lem didn't have any teeth and his brother, Dave, did, but they looked pre-cisely alike all the same. The only way you could tell 'em apart was to put your finger in Lem's mouth and if he bit yer, 'twas Dave." LADY CAMPBELL saFxASft; to-morrow Dispatch, in which the detcriits the good work done by EnglUh musical tocie ties in awakening a Ins Jar sntwto n (As masses. sr, BEATS' GOLD HIM& 'i This Season's Enormous Catch of Seals 1 OS the Greenland Coast. A VALUABLE SIX ?EEKS WORX. Boats Throw Away Fuel and Food to Mala Eoom for Skins. A TOTAL OF 450,000 HIDES CAPTTJE1B St. John's, N. P., April 26. Over $1,- 000,000 earned inside of six weeks catching and killing sealsl And these are not tho sealskin sacque seal, either, but the oil seal and the seal whose skin, covered with its rough, absolutely Iusterless and bristle-like hair, is used for covering trunks, making boots and horse covers, and cheap but ever lasting caps and coats. It is now certain that the seal fishery of 1889 will be the largest and most successful for many years past. The weather, in the first place, has been of just the proper sort for the industry. The ice has all been well off-shore, so that sailing vessels and steamers got clear with little trouble, and moved about the coast freely. The ice did not, as is usual, pack, because the prevailing winds during the season were light and favorable. Thus nearly all the fleet of sealers bound north struck seals a few days after leaving port, and most of them got full cargoes in aston ishingly short spaces of time. Only ones steamer, the Eagle, missed them entirely. The catching of these harp (or Green land) seals is an Industry upon which the entire island of Newfoundland depends for prosperity during the ensuing year. In yarrlably when the seal fishery is a failure, or even only half successful, there is wide spread distress during the succeeding sum .mer; and alongshore especially, where hun dreds of people depend entirely upon seal ing for subsistence, a failure means starva tion almost. In the northern bays every body turns out seal-killing priests, minis ters, women, children and merchants and one woman in "White Bay is reported this season to have killed and hauled ashore over 400 seals. She is 55 years old, and has ac quired a snug fortune, owing to her skill in the business. EEMAEKABLE IAJCK. The sea fishing-is carried on by steamer and sailing vessels, the former in the ma jority, with crews of from 20 to 60 men each. After clearing away the young "harps," which are always nearest to shore and ex empt from capture, the fleet this season was veijr fortunate in striking the "hoods" which, later in whelping, are further out to sea. The seals congregate in thousands on great floes of field ice, and are so stupid and slow that neither resistance to capture nor effort to escape is made when the fortunate crew goes among them with clubs, hatchets, knives and other weapons. There is liter ally a slaughter until no more live seals are to be found. Then the carcasses are loaded on the steamer, and she goes in search of other droves. The steamer "Wolf was the first to arrive here this season with a full cargo. She left port on .March 9 and struck the seals on the 11th midway be tween Qnirpon and Groals Island. On the 12th her crew killed 10,000 seals and got 8,000 of them aboard, having to lay by the ice, on which were 2,000 more carcasses, all night before she could get them all in. The "Wolf's luck was remarkable, as from the 13th to the 18th she took 18,000 more seals on board, and then bore up for home. She conld hold no more. She arrived here on the 20th. The total weight of her seals was 451 tons gross, or 8,623 cwt. net. Seals are . worth 2 50 each. The value of the "Wolfs cargo is $70,000. Not a bad 11 days' work. Since the "Wolfs arrival, the Kanger has come in with the finest cargo of the season. Tie Sanger presented a remarkable sight as she came into port, loaded down, as she was, until her decks were awash with the sea. Her space had been divided by planks, and the seals were piled up so that there was hardly room for the man at the wheel. Bal- ' last was thrown out and coal worth So 50 per ton thrown overboard to make room for seals worth 580 per ten. Every bunk was filled with the precious fat, and the men slept jrhere they could or in the boats, which were also full of fat. MAKING MONET EAPIDLT. Even the provisions were brought from the hold and hoisted aloft, where casks of pork and barrels of flour and bags of pota toes swnng in the breeze, giving the steamer an appearance that can easier be imagined than described. The Kanger had on board 38,000 seals, and all of them fine and in good condition, valued at over $100,000. She was out 19 days. The "Walrus arrived next with 15,000 seals, her lull capacity; then came the Nep tune, her men virtually hanging on by their finger nails to a cargo of 30,000 seals; the Hector had 15,000; the Esquimaux 32,000, the Terro Nova 31,000, the Falcon 27,000, the Vanguard 19.000, the Kite 29,000 and the Panther 16,000. The latter vessel lost 6,000 from her decks in a heavy gale, the seals having to be thrown overboard to prevent her foundering. These ves sels, except the Panther, are all from the north. In the gulf there are at least a dozen vessels, nearly all ot which have been heard from, report ing excellent catches. It is thonght the catch this yeariy vessels will exceed 450, 000, and to this is yet to be added the shore catch, which will probably amount in New foundland to between 50,000 and 70,000. When it is understood that this is all done inside of six weeks, it is a remarkable show ing, and business prospects are wonderfully brightened by the unexpectedly large seal catch. It will also have the effect of increas ing the fleet of vessels engaged in the Banks fishery. It is'estimated that this season the fleet will numberover 600 vessels, more than 200 increase over last year. It is not so long ago that the NewfoundIand,fleet of Bankers was very small not more than 25. Last year there were 400; and one place in Pla centia Bay which last year sent 10 bankers will this year send 40, and the prospects are correspondingly increased all over the island. WATEB AS A NAECOTIO. Harmless Medicines Administered by Pbysa Iclnns With Beneficial Results. From the St. Loots Globe-Democrat. v Some of the .doctors have been telling their experience in practicing "the faith , cure;" in other words, working on an ima- , gination of their patients. Besides the bread pills of which our fathers partook, it seems that now we are indulging in small doses ' of injected water in the place of morphine. asserts that it often puts a patient to sleep quite as well as the drug. Dr. Clinton gives water, tinctured with quinine, instead of morphine, and reports that it works wonders. So also salt and water are sur reptitiously administered in place of brom ides. Are we in reality only bundles of fancies; or arewe developing into a physical era, in which the mind shall control the body in ways not formerly possible? Can we not manage in some way to fool ourselves and so go to sleep without being fooled by the doctors? Who will invent a substantial trick on himself? LILLIAN SPENCER &.?: bantvXUfighl in to-morrouft DISPATCH. 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