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Marathon Mystery ^_/i Story of Manhattan S IK BURTON !. STEVENSON Author ol -The Mellad** Cue" Copyright. 1 ** O * . by Henry Moli and C ? m ? ? ? y CH \.?p:? XNVi "? I nary ? ? '? II*? ? cetre ba< h I : : I ; : < II* Is no far . it It's I ? ?a the at it ; : : table : I ' from the ' '?'G! It," I ? kid, "':. '?'I' be an - ? ; '?\\ V .1 th' ted ut it. It Wl ? .1 ink 1 ?ad tv. Be turned t:. ? ??. hut only one Of t! on ?t were tercet ? \ er them with pu/.? lied it a little and studied them again. "Lester "I wish this." and ht ? ward me. "What de you make of it?" I gazed through the glass nt the mark?, hut for a moment coold make nothing of tuoni. Then they l? .iiig of letters marching backward, fairly distinct at one end. Imt fading away to nothing? ness at the ether. ?aebedy M ?DM to have beta ecrib bling a 1 ted letter? ou a it last. "I can't mak?? ? seem to be mostly IVs and (?a?yes, and here's an I." "Thotnas," ?aid (?odfrey. "will you go down and ask Mr. Deftrtf if he bas a sample of Mr. Tremaine's handwriting, ? nl. if so. If he will let us see it for a moment?" Thomas went out instantly and I looked ut (?odfrey In surprise. "You think those marks have some value V" I asked. "I ?: ? want It I lie's ' ' ' I I r the ? ? : - Bui Into ? ? if rey ' ' He ???'v. e "Ah, Lester," be continued bed it out carefully tf ion liad ? lu-cil really clever l ?l ..?:..? of th - for?? ? entered the r . [ture but I'd rather vin by scient iti?? ?:? tlon. I i ?upin would have is. walked sti ? "f paper; be would have known that it only ?lo o ? this point u as a li: .?? for me. a look at it." It was a sheet <?? the ordinary ; not?? papt ? it tare written: noia at 9. it ? am i?t?> wait for i.. Q. "W.I.." I fait . ?G? "oh, don't j . its baa key t<? the whole problem? It's the light we've lx-eu looking for with our -hut. And to think that instead of coming straight b??re for it I should > about in the dark foi ?? explana? tion, sad yet l didn't think of it. It ?able from the tirst, and yet I ?-?Miidn't ho? it. It di-gusts ??.?? with myself-it's what I get for txdng so I up ever (hiding that bottle down these. Even arter 1 saw that blotter 1 didn't guess it." li.? had taken out a card, and as he spoke be wrote a rapid sentence ou IL "IliTi?." ha aagf to Thomas, "take this to Miss Croydon at once, please.' ?Bring or send as your JOB WORK; we do it nicely. We do it q sickly. \\\ TI. ??? w.\s ? oneci?os, hi a dim way, 1J Ubai was at baud, tgl that :t to pene 10 trat?* the mystery. Indeei I airea'?. vague .f the truth?too vug put into ? too <> ? ?early. I was trom minou which had ?rtaut?the bottle, the I on tin; wall, the ? knew now ? ? rooaa ?i; pliant. elr." from the te the ?re he le us ing ? not. I have - ber - ?insite ruent. lie aaked. In a ! I nm> ' ; ? with I." : sank luntly ? it We ' I ? take Out 1 1 mo ? ' i aat ' . th.it "It Ifrey. o the to r< and has a lut Mr opri,? "Ob, if ' "If it "It " And be ont iid held it t ?ook it with ; the meas ? It, t>ut .out undorstandiii "It Is a ? ai.i?? " be explained, "from the Record's correspondent at Dieppe. Your pardon. Lester.'' be added, with a fteettag -' .. -? i t argel t.? show it : on the trip out. Piensa ? iilon ?\ don." ? vi idow of Victor Charon!. reed in ? low died her?? Feh. 1?. MOI. Had never married again." She looked up. h<r I.rows still k; "Wei. ked. "Well."' s.i ni ??odfrey, "Virtor ("ha? lle married that girl man ..'furo he met roar deter. ^l>** was his legal Your sNter never was. She was the legal wife of any (?no . BlChard I-etr-.y." She aadereleed now. and the glad tears hurst forth unrestrained, in flood, she made u<? effort to restra'o them, hut ?inly r?s kt.tl baCb and forth. pressing the massage against h? r heart. -Thank f?od!" she sobbed. "Thank God!" And then she started up from her chair. 'T must tell her," she said, "at once. If pan knew how she has suffered! She must not be left in that cruel position an instant longer." ry well." agreed Godfrey. "We will wait fur you bei She disappeared through a door at the farther end of the room, but in a moment came softly back again. "She is asleep," ehe said. "I wiU ?i ng It will ' ^r up. ? tu?!? ? In an ? ' I was morn D I d? ? "In ? ! ^^ ?r to ^ejgf^ G bad ? ? ' '?\\r < ? e it, as any "tsary. ths ago 11 her ? ? . Mr Godftl He den .. in that apartasen! COUld not hear sti.b .. I off? : ? !.. 1 bad ??'? ?? ? I ' i.y b?r own "Tli n ???. v\ ould not bat ?? alten the terrible part of it; nothing eon Id alter that. 11????<? BSOat, of course, i??? a separation, but we t problem after ??? (led the ot 11 ad the ?loor for me I bad lu m. and I ami manner wen at all what ! expected. II?? ?lid not l.H.k in ti.? st i udrei, ?>r did l? .;,. 1 Is listened to me with attention ami esamini i < ?h, ? knew now wh ' h hypocrite he was. ? know Sjhlng at m??: that !.? plann . Ins deeper, more vil ? : ? brought 11,200 with ill that we conili gather log at that mon ent??and I proceed ?t upon bim, argio t and go uwuy an?! We would send him more. He pre landed t<? rei use the money, t?. ? aa not in the leeoi what be waated, bat ? ceeapellsd bim to take it. And just as I was hoping that I had prv\ . th bim the ?hxir ?>f the bedroom opened und a horrible OTUnkea nan daggered out. " ?\??!1. 'so this Is hV gal. i- le'a a likely pan aTOOhtn'l tn\>? her up. \u, no, not fer ten thousand - . back to had, you dreadena brute:? cried Tremalue, and took bim roughly by the arm. "Hut the other shook blSS off. "'Don't lay your ??????? on me, Vic" be cried. 'Dont dare lay your hands on me:' "I saw a very devil spring into Tre malne's fare. He looked about him for aoaae weapon and picked up a piece of pipe that lay beside the radiator. Thompson aaw the action and lurched heavily toward him. '? Oeea' I* use that on me, Vic?* he asked. You'd better try it.' And he made a pass at Tremarne and tried t< pipe aw : try it on. aa* ? ' II? b?r. the latter 1 in nn in ! fr?o : I dim: ?d. ( hnd say awn rev.her lii my ban?' I ' I at bias, but my shot weut wild. wbi!? burled her face In her bands, overcome for the moment her werde had avete raelf by an effort. her band aver "?>: v, *it will ? ? .rime; 1 did was l bother bar again; I l " II? ? und I ad ] -"i a? :?ly. ? - for." I plana? ade ? plani ? ?. pon :ter a : ; fett, -d. it ander .: her ; after ? ' ? would Mr. ! We ?a the ?f it '.'" ? ?d." ; ha hv "\ !king ill the 1 I.et I Ion of the murderer. I ?? tck; I en und i ? man I had pass?- '?\ Itb ni ?-lapping I' ?\ ban ? front. :.. at tl ? 1 had done I ! i an Inn man I kittle faint for "M( ted in su? MWbj m j ???? " ??( ?i a letter from bim next day. a letter filled Hide, touching e\?'li. It J :? and I bad ????:????1 with ng it wbl "At t!.. bul he's got bis taking home that night." coui.i to heii? m??. ? intend to i<>?.k ap Jim ? "Do. If ? reform hhn tin New- York p<?: Will bS mighty grateful." "??. be said. And I rather cn\ led Juni. Ifrey leaned hack in his . with a si^b ... I Ion. "I think thai clears ap thai sffalr \ pretty w.?." hS lad thai brings i us to ?re serious ?me. And inst don, ? a ani * I you think ?t was Just the riglit thing to let them mar?b Jack I ?; y s word fron. . saved bla CHAP! ??: \ w ill. ROM m?-.'" repeeted ( roj doe blankly. a ? id frees m??? ? <i<? aet anderataad you, Mr <;?d ? y ?? mean to ear/" lessanded Godfrey with emphasis, "thai you do not knew when? Mr. Drysdal?? was Monday Sight; that you WOTS not yOfJt self the savana, fan) if" She was staring at him with distend ed eyes. "I the cause!" she repeated hoarsely aft?T a moment. "Mr. Godfrey, I will tell you something of which I had fai term 1 ned u> ver t?. speak When be left tho house that evening be gellbefatetj broke an appointment he bad made with me?an appointment be hail pr.i; ed for. He had happened to hear Mr aine make eertala proposals te me. In short"?she hesitated and thou with raised bead "I may us well tel the whole truth. ? ragady Mr. Trea me with I At the timo I ?ft^mj'hi? them merely lusultiug; I ?ec now may have been In ear " ?t deal in ? asaM that he aaraesi "Mr rheard him ask you to be his >vif? a; fast ta refuse, no dotil ?idling and col? orili}? a little, "ho hoard me refaaa in tin? ? way, i>ut my r? Mr. Tremaba Lataaa* hlch Mr and which he thought 1 should hare reeeated too. He demand ad th taiae'a [on, and I promised to ? from offend???! ,'?.<< k n?>d from t: time. rig," he ? lutei ry ':" ? that . at ? k. ? II? " : I ? ami thai I thought he must ba ? : ??? Mr. th?? ? ' : "\\ pretty ?:<l th?' ? Hi' 1 orned to the boaat la hi.? I ? k his ? the hall, you. ."?wit to injury ? "< >h ? dfrej iilprlt s ?G "?? . . for a ;k," said ? ledfrey. .1 ? d I'??' t.-r toll Mr. I ?oh dedly. L Be :^s has bumaa lif?? G?a? no galli fault Her husband will What has the public to ?lo w "But I thought 3 u"? "uh. yea thought ? would write it up in th?? i:? aach lotea tioii. !1 let that tirst 1 one \\ :ii all, Tre tak.? ?? "Pardon me,' \ bold? ing ou' her hand. T s??.? ' ha\o offend :ust forgive mo." g her hand nn?l loto h?-r oyes allowing himself a momeat'a reward. "Brea ? yellow Journalist, Miss Croydoa, has his reticeacee. That's hard to t. tv one knows ?hem." she aaewered, and "poned the door for us. Thomas was waiting in the hall. rthlag else, sir".'" ! ?.'' said ??odfrey. "We've ?nished bare. Nee i?'t aa bave <>ur trap." We stopped a moment bo the library ? aoedhf to Detroy. He came forward aagai I us. "Wellf ba ;^?..? "Cea you Ja.-k?" ?aid ? ledfrey, "we can. What's more, we frill " "Thank God!" and Detroy passed his head aerea ahead. "Thai whole thing . a sort of t?'rrit?lo Bight? ? to me, Mr. < I I'm BOplBg that I ni; ^ t wake up and tin?! that it was nil only a dream." hfrey aaailed a ?itti.? btttorty. "I'm afraid you won't do that, Mr. Detroy." he sani, "l'ut, at least. I be you'll Mud that In the end It will ;> a great anhapplacoa out of your life. And Ini sure that, with Mr. I/*?>ter's help, I can <-iear Hrysdale." Tilomas cama to tell us that our trap was waiting, and Polroy went down the steps with "I hope to have you here some time under more favorable circumstances,* be said, aud shook us both warmly by the hand. Evening had come, and the darkne deepened rapidly as we drove back along the road t<> Hi I.y Ion. "V?e can't get a train till 8:42." aald Godfrey, "so we'll have dinner at the hotel and then go around for a talk with our client. I think we have some news that will cheer htm up." "It seemed to me." I observed, 'that not ut all about bis arrest that he WSS worrying" "it w l-oi't." agreed Qedfref "That's what I menut.** ' Bah) lea gienanei out ahead, assi ? leer min?tes sanar ere up Uf .re tbS hotel cast S qua h glance at a little fat man. "On, / m . with f his re t'e nt Mr. 1 "Mr Lester bere, of <?? I of hi- ' - "I ' . found a little. ? found it. I hat de t'rew It Ini . ?dad, "bed hardly I i a murder in order t.? possess;..!! of it throw It ? ? "II sir." ? "V.'l: ^ t nt him. "I s. . ? Im> compi liber? ately ? tbe !i no ?itid in : ? like that must be" tiling with ? haf put myself, ? very bowed his ipllment tTO ? } Time for Disappearing. It ? ? by th?? CUChoO ?'h>ck. to ht fool hai! "I?< . r be going." oung man. "He's rath er ?- .mil might mistake ? :;..? ball."?Chi Dal! His Reason. "He's a gentleman." I l<s a snob." 'li?- alws up his seat in a car to a womau." "That's sitting down bags the kni'cd of his trousers."?Cleveland Leader. Hadn't Shaved in a Week. .-?I nate to ko home, but I proniis<-d my wife I'd be back to? night. Second Ditto -Send her a picture of yourself as you are now; she'll want you to stay away as long as possible. ?Detori t .ss. On the Stygian Ferry. Charon was eaaUSTVed In a state of colla ? "That spirit actually wanted a re? bate ticket.' he a? ?ai? Herewith the great master of trans? portation was completely flabbergast? ed.?N. Y. Sun. 1920. First Airship Crank?Back from your trip to Mars, eh? Make any new discoveries? ?nd Airship Crank?No, except that the Milky Way Is two-thirda wa? ter.?Chicago Daily Newa. Unexpected. "My dear, I have a disappointment for you. You know the letter you gave me to am What? You forgot It?" ; I mailed IL"?Detroit Free Press. Truly Difficult. "This Is a hard position," said the c*ar s fortune teller; "very hard." "What's the trouble?" **I can't make op my mind whether I'm hired to be optimistic or reliable." ?Washlsgtos Star.