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fSegAPTXIt I -Uwrtat* ? ?S io*? to Plttaburg with tas fors-ed ????? la O?a Bronaon rat? to lake th? 4e?p ?naBss of th? chief ?rune? f?w th? pro? ???. John 'Ulanora, a mUbenaJr*. ?a _ Batter a hout? th? lawyer la Attracted Bf ta? picture *f a girl who? Oi.mora ?gJSoaJaa la his carada-ughtar. AKeou wart, If? eaya her rathter ia a raaoal aod of tha forger. bV ???"? ????G": -Standing la Mb? t? Say g ilenaji ti-ket H:ake>y la re?: a lady to buy en? for ber H? glvea tower 11 and retains low?? tan H? a man In ? drunken etupor ta lower aad retir?e In lower alna CbTATTKR 111 ?II? awaVena in iow?r aad find? that hta traveling bag haa ?eared and In Ite ?trad ia aj cloth?? Ukewiae have been eschang??d ?fJaara Km u ?Triti PTtR TV -An airateur detec-trre ta hlmaalf In the caa? I the dead mu Is Simon liarring-ton Mttaburg. APTKR V ? H-nry rinckney .? who akeley*i me and gr.p He la a-aj/ected of the <rnLA.r>Tr:R V ?rome? !? E ted la a t'rl In blua a ? rk and I atalna a:- la !ower ?<???? ?ley come? under aaaplcloa. CRAPTKR rrt Ba?ee ?gaJnat Blakeley la ? -.renglhene?! tra? trai? la wrecked. ' tnuPTirR V la raacoed ' Bea the bi ? g-rt ta Blua i ?? aras la broken OBlA ?~G? ? ge to I ?Be ?artar ! Bna her t?- . ? part- I gesi/a sare? enu: rntystifi tr? G??G??!? T Barn? r- -n hla landlady ? hap gantana CH* ?aaaaan ?Satin ? chai t- ? la burg p.:i.-e are vlvora the w- ? fc?. C? CHAI aft ?atlon la --ault_ ?? l plc ?aria ?rreok even tha train ? CRa: Mlaon Bt S ':-???' ? .raid baa. CHA aaa '? IreJn : aak'.e ? piare CHAPTVR JCV7I1 -laklng In aort He klaaa? her. fi ? rasta Bougr he? G? A ' malia ? bari ? ? pa 6. 1er CHA. o haa round en * er Ivana ala? taw to lawasttaata. CHATTF.ri XXIV I rom a aerrant Baten there on a vI??;t ai t?a ??- Of ta? murdered CHAI" f i: KJ r home, akeley ia nui? haa rana i CHAPTKIt \ . Balla him thai : la affair with Almo 6 off CKAPTI ?!. I gVTI Ulake'.er gora : f/vrbea country hoirie ar..l finde Alteon gasse cha aha that ?he ?a a* on h~r a r mar Hi She rleara up a ? c the trag? edy CHAPTF.R XXIV la aum planr. he forged gtotea ;n ex<-r.,ir . ?ray kt The aahea af the fors??! sotas are found In the room. ELU CHAPTER XXX. Finer Details. At ten minutes before two the fol? lowing day. Monday, I arrived at my office. I had spent the morning put Ing my affairs in shape, and in a trip to the stable. Tbe afternoon would see me either a free man or a pris? oner for an indefinite length of time, and. In spite of Johnson's promise to produce Sullivan. I was more prepared for the latter than tbe former. V Blobs was watching for me outside the door, and it was clc ar that he was in a state of excitement bordering on delirium. He did nothing, however, save to Up me a wink that meant "As man to man, I'm for you." 1 was too much engrossed either to reprove him or to return the courtesy, but I beard him follow me down the ball to the small room where we kept outgrown law books, typewriter supplies snd. in? cidentally, our wraps. I was wonder? ing vaguely If I would ever hang my hat on its nail again, when the door closed bebind me. It shut firmly, with? out any particular amount of sound, and I was left in tbe dark. I groped my way to it, irritably, to find it locked on the outside. I shook it fran? tically, and was rewarded by a sibilant whisper through the keyhole. "Keep quiet," F.lobs was saying huskily. "You re in deadly perl!. The police are waiting in your office, three of 'em. I'm goin' to look the whole hunch in and throw tbe key out of the window." "Come back bere, you Imp of Sa? tan!" I called furiously, but I couW hear him speeding down the corridor, end the slam of the outer office door hy which he always announced bis ?srseeace. And so 1 stood there in the ridiculous cupboard, hot with the heat ?T a steaming September day, musty ?Bell of old leather bindings. red with broken overshoes and handleless umbrella?. I was apopleo ith rage one minute, and choked with laughter the n?xt It seemed an hour before Hlobs? cam?? back. came without haste, strutting with ' :ty, and passed outside my prison d? <s that will bold them for as ably., and key. ! "I've ? in a can!" he ? with ! tit toi W! ? after ' gan t? ? ? - ? ? ?. ? ? I ? Ing t ! mark The arrival of ? a dl 1 a long package and a iiands -.vi?h th?- the bottle wi'h ? sit:?'!?? gOSl "I r. hing to cheer on thi ' herd's the water. BlskelS] L read?? In French he toasted the two d? "To rot sal discomfiture.1? he said, bowing ceremoniously. "May you go home and aever come back! If you take Monsieur Illakeley with you. I hope you choke " The lean man nodded gravely. "Prosit," he said. Rut the fat one leaned back and la nsumedly. Hotchkiss finished a mental synop? sis of his position, and put down his glass. "Gentlemen." he said pompous? ly, 'within Ove minutes the man you want will be here, a murderer caught in a net of evidence so fine that a mosquito could not get through." The detecUves glanced at each oth? er solemnly. Had they not In possession a seaiskln bag containing a wallet and a bit of gold chain, which by putting the crime on me, would leave a gap big enough for Sullivan himself to crawl through? "Why don't you say your little speech before Johnson brings the oth? er man, Lawrence?" McKnight In? quired. "They won't believe you, but It will help them to understand what Is coming." "You understand, of course," the lean man put In gravely, "that what you say may be used against you." "I'll take the risk," 1 answered Im? patiently. It took some time to tell the story of my worse than useless trip to Pitts? burg, and Ita sequel. They listened gravely, without interruption. "Mr. Hotchklss here." I finished, "believes that the man Sullivan, whom are are momentarily expecting, com? mitted the crime. Mr. McKnight is I Inclined to implicate Mrs. C'onway. ! who stabbed Kronson and then her? self last nigbt. As for m>self. I am open to conviction." "I hope not." said the stout detec? tive Quizzically. And th. ? Alison was announced. My impulse to go out and meet her was fasostBllsd by the detective*, who rose when 1 did. Mc? Knight. therefor??, brought her In, and I met her at the I "I have put you to e great deal of ' trouble." I said contritely, when I saw I her glance around tbe room. I wish II had not?" It 1? only right that I should come," she replied, looking up at me. "I am the unconscious cause of most of it, I am afraid Mrs. Dallas Is going to watt in the outer office." 1 presented Hotchklss and the two del? attesa, who eyed her with Inter? est. In her poise, her beauty, even In \ IT? r gown, I fancy she represented ? new type to them They remained standing until ?he sat down. "I have brought the necklace." she began, holding out a white-wrapped box, "as you asked me to." I passed it. unopened, to the detec? tives. "The aecUace from which waa broken the fragment you found in the sealskin bag." I explained "Miss West found It on the floor ot the car, near lower ten." "When did you find It?' asked the lean dete? 'ling forward. "In the morning, not long before the wreck " "Did you ever see It befor "I am not certain." she replied. "I ??een one very much like it." Her tone was troubled. She glanced at me as if for help, but I was powerless. "Where?" Th? detective was watch? ing her closely. At that moment there came an in? terruption. The door opened without Bony, and Johnson ushered In a tall, blonde ?nan, a stranger to all of BS ? ?'!,?<????1 at Alison; she was pale but o sfaL She met aught unawares, he took a hasty backward Ight ? mind ad had a second to sound his hi mumbled. "If .in?" ? ling up a ? ntlve ? know the fin ?wly. "1 git BT the nlng ? ? ? . 'Tl The lv at hind I sny char?2 I s.-ild with ? r my har '.fching to w!ll rive ue a clear at of what happened on the On? tario that nigt Sullivan la handsome, hag? gard bead and looked around at me. s<? ? SO . haven't 1*" he asked an uninvited at the Laurels a few days?or nights?ago? The cat. you remember, he rug that ? "I : -." I said shortly. He glanced from me to Alison and quick? ly away. "The truth can't hurt me," he said. "but it's devilish unpleasant. Alison, you know all this. You would t go oat His use of her name crazed me I stepped In front of her and stood over him. "You will not bring Miss West Into the conversation," I threatened. and she will stay If s<he wish? "Ob, very well." he said with aa lndiff?-r?*nce. Hotchkiss just then escaped from Rlchey's grasp and crossed tbe room. "Did you ever wear glasses?" he asked eagerly. "Never" Sullivan glanced with some contempt at mine. "I'd better begin by going back a little," he went on sullenly. "I sup Johnson Ushered in s Tall Blonde Man, a Stranger to All Of Us. pot? you know I was married to Ida Harrington about five years ago She waa a good girl, and I thought a lot of her. Hut ber father opposed the marriage- he'd never liked me, and he refused to make any sort of settle? ment. I bad thought, of course, that there would be money, and It was a bad day when 1 found out I'd made a mistake. My sister was wild with disappoint? ment. We were prftty hard up, my sister and 1 1 was ?atih'.ug Alison. Her hands ?sere tightly ctaspsd in her Up. and sne waa ^B??rrrg out of the winJ?w at the cheerless roof below. She had set her lips a little, but that was alt. "You nadir stand, of course, that G m not defending myself," went on the sullen The day came when old Harrington put us both out of the house at the point of a revolver, and I threatened?I suppose you know that, too?I threatened to kill him. "My sister and I had hard Umea after that. Ws lived on the contin? ent for a while. 1 was at Monte Car? lo and she was In Italy. She met a young lady there, the granddaughter of a steel manufacturer and an heir? ess, and she sent for me. When I got to Rome the girl was gone. Last win? ter ? was all in?social secretary to an Englishman, a wholesale grocer with a new title, but we had a row, and I came home. I went out to the Heaton boys' ranch in Wyoming, and met Itronson there. He lent me mon? ey, and I've been doing his dirty work ever tin???. Sullivan got up then and walked slowly forward and back as he talked, his eyes on* the faded pattern o? the office rug. If you want to live in hell." he said Favaj, yourself In anoth got into g John (Jilmore's name to those notes, and In some way he learned that a aging the ngton on the number of bis berth, and tbe night before the -v. just as 1 was boarding the train, I got a telegram." Orward once tly. : I think: Man n, car BS" ran Jooketi at the lltUe man, "It was any? how. Dut u wa? business, natters ? St he :tt a fiegram which ?gh a ha aaaae was ?. o me. ? trded tbe ?: ayiag my ? ?a woman tou and ; last bit ? can ? is going i y at ? late to si. Tbe time to have I was ??nt on. h ;lly sway from my fa?e. which .Inly any ior to 1 ?" forth. ? t's chair. "To ? got up and us r.lakeley. that voii are | this man. These dVtails are unpleatv going : *.h you al? ready had a wtl s plan, and I was in a [f I could ( niar^ girl and go ' '.da? j that bear I 1' was more than a shock tfl my wife on tl from b going on 1 doo'l km some of the fc? Tvants?w? 11, never mind ' it meant that tbe whole thing had gone BB, Old irrled a gun (Of and th?? same train course, I thought that he was in the coaeh Jesi behind our?." Hotchkiss was leaning forward now, his eyes narrowed, his thin lips drawn to a "Are eon left hand?-d. Mr. Sullivan?" Sullivan stopped In surprise. I said gruftV '. f do anytbing with my I<-tt hand." Hotch? kiss stfallea "I tore up thi?.? ararci, but I was afraid to throw the scraps away. Th? ? I looked around for low? er ten. It va.? ?-xactly across ?my berth was tower seven, and It was, .a bit of exceptional luck for me that the car was number seven." "Di : your sister of the tel? egram from Proneon?" I asked. "No It would do no good, and she was In a bad way without that to make her worse.?* "Your sister was killed. I think"*" The sho- ire took a small package from his pocket and held It In his hand, snapping the rubber band which held it SB, she was killed." Sullivan said soberly. What I say now can do her no harm " He stopped to push back the heavy hair which dropped ovr his fore? head, and A-.-nt on more connectedly, 'it was late, after midnight, and we went at once to our berths. I un? dressed, and then I lay there for an hour, won?l?rlng how I was going to get tbe notes Some one in nine was restlens and wide awake, but finally became "Th?? rasa in ten whs sleeping heav? ily. I rould hear his breathing, and It seemed to bi ?;nly a question of get? ting across and behind th?? curtains of hie berth without botan, aeon Aft? er that. It was a mere mstter of quiet searching "The car became very still. ? wae about to fry for th?? other berth, when some one bni- :y paet. and I lay back again. "Flnallv. however, wh-n things bad been gelai for a time, I got up, snd after looking along the alele, I slipped behind the curtains of lower ten. You understand. Mr. Blakeley, that I thought you were tn lower tec, with the not??? " ? nodded curtly "? m not trying to defend myeelf." he went on "I ?an ready to steal the note??I had lo. Put murder!" He wir????! h!? forehead with his handkerchief. ?Veil? I slipped acrosR and behind the curtains. It wss very still. The man In ten didn't move, although my ? was thumping until I thought he would hear It. "I felt aro'ind cautiously. It was perfectly dark, and I came across a bit of chain, about ss long as my fin? ger, it seemed a queer thing to find there, and it was sticky, to? ?-hiiddered, and I could see All son's hands clenching snd unclenching with the strain. "All at once It struck me that the man was str^ng??lv silent, and I think I lost my nerve Anyhow, I drew the eurtslne open a little, snd let the light fall on my hands. They were red. blood red ." II?? leaned one hand on the bsek of the chslr. snd was silent for a mo? ment, as though he lived over again the awful events of that more than awful ni> The stout detective had let his cigar go out; he was still drawing st It nervously. Rlcbey had picked up a paper-weight and ans tossing It from hand to hand; when it slipped and fell to the floor, a startled shudder passed 1hrot:i;b tft "TI 'hing glittering In rid o.. lm *hett I dropp??d rtains and stumbled back to my own ????G?G? " l Wiped DOT hands on '~k In piUow.-' Hutrhklss was seeing lly built structure crumbling to pieces, and he looked ch did?I'm ? ?when J rallied a little I saw a Russia er wallet lying In I almost at and, ilk? k it, f chain, ? | rig. lag, for what ' spt for ? !ng. ? "Th*? more ? ? I when it waa he man in low I "Tr - and ? ? ? wae almo??? him opening light In gilt Banse, Simon Harrinc Th? ning for? wsrd "Things seemed to whirl sronnd for a ?rttt. 'vied. wondering what thie new development meant for knew, would swear I hsd h dy would be likely to ? ?a. ?? ""? II?? \j. "1 am i not ??ne nine Bmoklng ? t ? ? my ? of ? etotnea, ai you ? :d?-A of throw-; :n " Alison rally lncredu?? that the man wss tell iri? the truth. lie numbers of the' berth.-, and it worked w.-!l. I got into and he came hack : was easy. I ? ?1 in hi? clothes?luckily, they fitted?and Jumped the train not far from Baltimore, Just before tha wreck." "There is something else you must clear up," I said. "Why did you try ?o ?, and why did you change your mind about the mess:?. He looked astounded. "You kn?w I ?ami at M-?" he stammer? d you What about the p. .!, it was this way; of course, I did not know your Banne. Mr. Lilake laa with papers in lower ten, car seven.' and after I had made what I considered my escape, I began to think I had left the man in my berth in a bad way. "He would probably b*> accused ot the crime. So, although when the wreck occurred I supposed everyone connected with the affair bad been killed, there was s chance that you had survived. I've not been of much account, but I didn't want a man to ?wing because I left him in my place. Besides, I began to have a iheory of my own. "Ab we entered the car a tall, dark woman passed us, with a glass of wa? ter in her hand, and I vaguely remem? bered her. Sh. was amazingly like ?i;.ii. h<- Dana 'If she, too, thought the man with the notes wae In lower ten. It ex? plained a lot, in?-ludlng that pi? I a woman's necklace She was a fury. Blanche Conway, capable of any? thing" "Then why did you countermand that message?" I asked curiously. "When I got to th?- Tarter house, and got to r>>d?I had sprained my ankle in the jump?1 went through the alligator hag I had taken from lower nine. When I found your name. I sent the first message Then, soon after, I came across the notes. It seemed too good to be true, and I was crazy for fear the message had gone. "At first I was going to send them to Dronson, then I b?>gan to see what the possession of the notes meant to me. It m? art power over Dronson. money, influence, everything. He waa a devil, that man " "Well, he's at home now," said Mc? Knight. and ?? glad to laugh snd relieve tbe tension. Alison put her hand over her eyea, as If to shut out tbe sight of tbe man she had so nearly married, and I fur? tively touched one of the soft HtUe curls thst nestled at the back of her neck. "When I was able to walk." weat ?qb tbe sullen voice, i came at once To Washington I tried to sell the notes to Pronson, but he was almost at the end of his rop< ven my threat to send them back to you. Mr. Blake ley, could make him meet my figure. He didn't have the money.** night was triumphant. "I think you gentlemen will see rea? son in my theory now," be said "Mrs. Conway wanted the notes to force a legal marriage, I suppose?" "Y. The detective with the small pack sge carefully rolled off the rubber band, and unwrapped it. I held my u as he took out, first, the Russia leather wallet. "These things. Mr. Blakeley, we found In the sealskin bag Mr. Sullivan says he left you. This wallet. Mr. Sul? livan?Is this tbe one you found on the floor of the car?" Sullivan opened It, and. glancing at tbe name Inside. "Simon Harrington,** nodded affirmatively. "And this," went on the detective? "this is a piece of gold chain?" "It se? ms to be.** said Sullivan, re colling at the blood stained end. "This. 1 believe. irf the dagger." H? held it up. and Alison gave a faint cry of astonishment and dismay. Sul? livan's face grew ghastly, and he sat down weakly on the nearest chair. The detective looked at him shrewd? ly, then at Alison's agitated face. **Wl ? this dagger ? . young lady?" he asked, kindly -rh. don't ask me!" she gasped, ves turned on Sul? livan It's it's too terrible'" "Tell him." I advised, leaning over :t will be found out later, anyhow." "Ask him." she said, nodding toward Sullivan. ctlve unwrapped the small box Alison had ? ? rbe trampled ? hain With clumsy flnge^ -ad It on , of chain. There cr-::-J he no doubt that it belonged th? "Where did you find that chain"" Sullivan asked. hoarsely, looking for the firet time at Alison "On the floor, near the murdered man'? berth " W, Mr. Sullivan." said the Mv.\ Hvlllv, "I believe you e?n tell us, In the light of these tuo exhibits, who really did mur ; ? Harria. Sullivan gain at th a sharp little bit of steel with ? ' a hidden ? under one of the cameoe. Inside, very aeeUy ? nrraved. waa the name and a date. ::tlenieTi.' Ms face gl ?empt longed to my CHAPTER XXXI. And Only One Arm. break the "Mr Sullivan." he sal s put aw book O? tri? umphant vind: ua a chanee to smile and ISTSd. After all. Mrs Curtis waa <!? id lf waa the happi- sf the un? happy affair McKalghl brough Hvan some w! a little. "I learned through the papers that my wife was in a Dal ti more hospital and yesterday I ventured there I I Understand Now What Puzzled Me Then." her. I felt if she would help me to kivp straight, that now, with her fa? ther and my sister both dead, we might be happy together. "I understand now what puzzled me then. It seemed that my sister went into the next car and tried to make my wife promise not to Interfere Hut Id??Mrs. Sullivan?was firm, of course. She said her father had pa? pers, certificates and so on, that would stop the marriage at once. "She said, also, that her father was In onr car, and that there would be the mischief to pay in the morning. It waa probably when my sister tried to get the papers that he awakened and she bad to do what she did." It was over. Save for a technicality or two, I was a free man. Alison rose quietly and prepared to go; the men stood to let her pass, save Sulli? van, who eat crouched in his chair, his face buried in his hands. McKnight saw her. with Mrs. Dal? las, to their carriage and came back again. The gathering in the office was breaking up: Johnson had slipped away as unostentatiously as he came. Sullivan, looking worn and old. was standing by the window, staring at the broken necklace in his hand. When he saw roe watching him. he put it back on the desk aad picked up his hat. "If I cannot do anything more?" he hesitated. *i think you have done about enough." I replied, grimly, and he went out. I believe that Rlchey and Hotchkias led me somewhere to dinner and that, for fear I would be lonely without him. they sent for Johnson. And I recall a spirited discussion In which Hotchklss told the detective thst he could manage certain oases, but Thai ? ked Induction. Ri-Ley and I were mainly silent My thoughts would slip ahead to that hour, later In the evening, when I should see ? I dressed In invar? haste finally and was so particular about my I that Mr gav<? up in despair. "I aish. until your arm is better, that ron would buy the kind that hooks on." she protested, almost tesr? fully. "I'm ? ? nice, Mr Lawrence. My late husband al? ways?" "That's a lover's knot you've tied thla time ' I snarled, and. Jerking opera the bow knot she had so painfully ? e?cuted, looked out of the window for Johnson--until I recalled that he no longer belonged In my ; re. 1 ended by driving frantically to the club and getting (.?-orge to do It. I was late, of course. The drawing room and library at the Dallas coun? try home was very empty I could hesr billiard balls roll'ng somewhere and I turned the other way. I found Ali? son at last on the balcony, sitting much as she had that night on the? beach- her ? hin in her hands, h? r eyes fixed unseeingly on the trees and lights of the square across She was even ahistling a lit? f| Put this time the plaintivi It was a ten :id not move, as I st?v?l ' r. look? ing down And now. when the mo ? had come, all the thousand and one things I had to say - ? and left me ur. Tha arci: -ta . "I Jo ?' She . did not the ?trr> -he J ing on ?' nntly an?! d see ht "? ? 'In ! and thi'ii k ? il ca. say ir with an I ' ? I tur is a ' ame a si and a ? . self I w h is? tallali I ?am the ? THE ?SND ELECTRICITY IN BIBLE TIMES Some Have Offered an Explana? tion for Miracles by Supposing Its Use. An elee tl leal engineer of Munich annasa1 Piadrniawa makes an lai ou? argument to prove that th?? Jews in the Urn? s had an advanced knowledge of electricity, using pas from the Itihle to enforce bis claim. His I lOd serpent of is that it was a lightrlng con? ductor; and be tem? ple at Jet was protect?*d by points <-onn?-iM,d with the ground The most Ingenious speculation is in regard to th?? work of the covenant. which was made of walls of wood cov ?h sides trlth notai. If this were eonne?ted with metal teeth on the temple roof, it would form a sort of leyden Jar charged by the electricity of the atniospher??, and would give a ro anyone touching It. Mr Stana presumes that his knowledge of elec? tricity from the ?XgyptBttttB. This an? cient race certainly had a knowledge of many branches of scleace that it took the real Of th?? world thousands of years to learn. Rut the only proof that they were electrical engl: is on- ? advanced by sn a: ologlst?that they must hsve hsd elec? tric light- rheir underground fangles show no traces of smoke. Charm In Expression. An amiable expression while think? ing is like sn agreeable in:' nice while speaking. An exag? geration in either case brings un? natural and many times quite unpleas? ant results -Fro.? an article in the Circle Woman's Mining Claim. Lady Sybil Orey' recently accom? panied h??! father. Karl Grey, governor general of the Dominion, on his trip to the Canadian arctic gold fields. Near Dawson City, the capital of the Klondike, she pegged out a claim for herself with all the preerribed legal formalities and christened It tbe Sybil. Her first panning out produced $20 worth of gold, which she considered a very promising start. IKiring tbe long arctic winter Lsdy Sybil Is work? ing her claim by deputy, but she says she will return next summer to su? pervise operations and examine re? sults in person.