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t .THE WASHINGTON TIMES; SUNDAY, APRIL 13; 1913. 15 FINO ASTOR ESTATE WORTH $87,21 6,69 This Ad. Is For Automobile Dealers THE TIMES DAILY SERIAL STORY THE GHOST GIRL By HENRY KITCHELL "WEBSTER, Author of The Whispering Man. CojpriRht. 191:. frank A. Munsey Co. -f 1P' Synopsis of Preceding Chapters. Flnt read tfaii ) nui"iv and pick up lb thread of one ul the niojc remarkable mystery stories ever vvrltitn. Arthur Jeffrey 1& a fashionable portrait painter residing In l'arls. His Is a. very sensitive nature he possesses a blshly developed Intuition, a sort or sixth sense, allied to the sense of smell, and et not Quite that. Throughout a period of two years Jettrey has leen the Ktlm cl a peculiar ."launt. Several times when he entered his apartments he had the dis quieting feeling that some one had Just left the room, had left behind the faint od-ir of burnt wax. And then one day the first tangible evidence of his mysteri ous a Isltor he found a delicately perfumed bit or lace and linen, a woman's hand kerchief. A week later, when he re turned, he found a partly finished portrait on the easel In his studio a portrait or an alluringly beautiful girl, evidently painted by herself from her reflection In his old gilt-frame mirror. He watches. He keeps It up for S6 hours, and then fall Into a doze. When he awakes the portrait has disappeared. Has It been merely a areamT No; for the colors on his palette are net the ones be had placed there himself. , Again, one spring night. Just before, ne Is returning to New York. Jeffrey saw his ghost girl leaning over the parapet of a hrldge gazing at the black waters of the Eeine. He bad but a fleeting glimpse, let he never forgot It. Now enter Dr. Crow, a distant relative of Jeffrey's', but. more Important still, friend and physician to the very wealthy and very eccentric Miss Meredith. Dr. Crow brings Jeffrey a commission. It is the photograph of Clalra Meredith, niece of the wealthy woman a girl who had died supposedly two years before during a smallpox epidemic In the French capi tal. It Is the face of the ghost-girl! Now there is found frozen In the ice the body of a beautiful girl in her early twenties, magnificently dressed and bear ing no trace of the causes that might have brought her to her tragic end. That Is one fact. Here Is another: Jeffrey returns to his studio to find his new portrait of Miss Meredith has been stolen. He calls In the police, notably Lieutenant Rich ards. The lieutenant finally rescues to portrait, somewhat disfigured, from the hands of some notorious spiritualists. He watches the artist restore the work to Its former state, and then exclaims: "Why. that's the picture of the girl they found In the Ice!" "II CHAPTER Xm. Beech Hill. SAW by my driver's look, when I told him where I wanted to that he knew about the place, and after I had sized him up with a little casual talk I blessed my stars that I had been able to sot him. He was a simon-pure native of those parts, and what he didn't know about local gossip wouldn't be worth listening to. "The Merediths must have furnished a good part of that gossip themselves. for certainly they had been a queer, eccentric family for several generations a self-willed, imperious, high-temper-I ed lot at the best, with a little streak ' of insanity, or near it, cropping up now and then that made the worst of them very bad Indeed. , "It's good blood, though, as such things are reckoned In most countries. They have always bred to their class. But the only other mtniber of the fam ily in the direct line and in Miss Jiere diUL's generation a younger brother of hers was an exception to the rule. It seems he was artistic in his tendencies and showed a good deal of talent as a painter Jn an amateurish sort of way, lived abroad a lot mostly in trance and scandalized his family by marrying .3i a Normandy peasant girl. Thats the instinct of the overbred everywhere. Nature's way of reasserting herself. "This woman Claire's mother must have been a perfectly glorious creature to look at Certainly Claire came non estly by those .great masses of pale gold hair that people went so mad about I wish ou could have he.ird mv driver's attempt to describe hor. Tlie tjjfcSlate native isn't naturally rhapsodic, and his attempts were really amusing. "Well, it seems Meredith brot's. his , wife homo, nnrt thp other meml" j of th family were properly super oi iiid i indignant, especially his sister, and the poor voung wife Just withered up under ft Meredith himself doesn't appear to have been a very strong sort of char acter. "Certainly his sister was the man of the family. She had all the business sense, and, as she shared equally with him in the family fortune to begin with, she actually managed, accord ing to the driver's gossip, to get hold of the lion's share of It. "Mprpdlth was killed racing an ice yacht on the river when Claire was six or seven, and his wife didn't survive him very long. So his sister came back to Beech Hill and took charge of the estate and of Claire. She must have brought the child up under an Iron rule, and that sort of thing generally works badlv In the end. "Then, as Crow admitted to you. she terrorized the rest of the family there is no end of rather distant cousins, you know Crow himself is one of them got fearfully bored with life, and at last closed un Beech Hill and her town house and went off to Europe. "That, as I remember it, was when Clai i was about fifteen. She never came back to this country, even for an occasional visit, until about three years ago. She came back alone, of course, and the story as that Claire had died of smallpox in Paris. Since she came back she has been dividing her time between her town house and Beech Hill, though she hasn't done It in the ordinary way "She spent a good many winter months up there all alon with Crow, for nobody has ever been Invited to the place since she came back, and of course her odd waj of living has set all the gossip afire again. "I got all of that, practicallv all of it. ?ut of the driver As a matter of fact, had to pump h'm about methlng to keep him from pumping me. The story I told him was th.it I had been to!d by a New iorK real tf-iaie aent mat tne place might be for sale, and I wanted to look at it I told him that in order to find out if possible if there was anv Intention of selling it and found out what Isn't at all surprising under the circumstances that there was. At least he had driven one or two other pros pective purchasers out there So that made rv- plan rather easy. "Vhn we got to the boundaries of the eMate I paid his fare and sent him tick, telling him that I wanted to uan der a"und outdoors a bit before I went to the house, and that I'd rust to luck for rrfans of setting back I wanteil to make suie of s'-e'pg something, an wa And, a, it turned out. It was well I Hd "Before I had been wandering a'oun'l the place for half an houi mi de.sr f- buv it was genuine, even if mv in t'ttt'on wan't I-ew. It's perfectlv iftvclv fields. lawns, woo-ir. the lav of the land, the glininscs you get everv now ptM then of the river and of the distant banks. It's hard to beat, I t-ll you. "If was all so lovely in its first hint of spring-way. It almost made !: for get the grim sort of errand I had come on. I skirted around through the woods, got myself mired and mold stained to the knees and finpllv tarted oown toward tne river-bank along a little path I found. The path was mud dv and wet. for the snow couldn't have melted off earlier than the day before, yet I could see that it must 1 e lovelv a little later when the green tn'ngs camp nut, "But Drew. I hadn't more than start ed down that path before J began thinking ahout the murder agiin. and I g t a sort of hint of the reason n h n I sav where the path was tA'Oiz rr. It led down to a white-painted rnat hi'e on the bank. "The sight of that mad,? lh e& vi tlon come back twice ? -trim. Jf I was right In connecting Beech Hill with th4 tragedy, Irene FoumIr had gone enco by a different name altosother, and I had made the right guess as to vvhaI that name was. then the chances weic that it was along this p:h hat the body had been carried, and It was lii"o at this little landing that It had been put into the river. "I could even go further than tliat The winter had set in suddenly very soon after the body had been nut iPto the water. The spring had o-.lv just come. It wasn't unreasonable to Hip pose that the last person before myself to come down that path and it;p cot on the little boat-landing had been the person who carried her body in his nrmt." "Jeffrey," I cried, "wasn't there some clue some real clue?" He shook his head with a grim laugh. "Something that Richards would have called a clue, do jou mean? A wisp of blond hair caught In a splinter on the gunwale or a boat, or a blood stained handkerchief, or a rag of white satin caught on a thorn bush beside the path? No. there was nothing like that "I don't see any reason why there shouldn't have been, said I. "There isn't any," he admitted, "and I confess I looked for something like that But this is nil I did see. The boathouse is a substantially built af fair on concrete plies. The windows on both sides were fitted with solid shut ters, and the sliding door with a good lock to make It really difficult for a marauder to get in. It needed to be, for it contained a high-power motorboat that might very well be stolen or bor rowed for a joy ride. The house Is built around a slip, so that the boat could come Into it under its own power. When I saw it it was hoisted out of the water on slings for the winter." "How did you get in if It was as well locked up as that?" "I said It had a lock, not that it was locked. As a matter of fact the slid ing tloor was only partly shut It had got off its rollers, as sliding-doors will, and the last person to try to shut It hadn't bothered to fix it It gaped open about eight inches. It had been like that kII winter, too. judging Dy tne ami 01 ihalf-melted snow and Ice that had got I inside. I squeezed inside and looked I around. The person wno nan lain up me launch for the winter wasn't the one who had left In such a hurry. Judging by the shipshape way he had done his Job. But there was another boat In there that had evidently been out since. "It was a small river skiff, and it lay listed over on the floor of the boathouse just far enough In to clear the door, though there was a pair of slings for it too. The person who had dragged it in hadn't even bothered to unship the oars, a thing that almost any boatman would have done from force of habit. The boat had been brought in by some one who was In a hurry. I think even TRchards would be willing to admit that" "But vas there nothing else? "There was this." Jeffrey's eyes nar rowed thoughtfully. "There was a long painter on the boat, one end of It made fast as usual, to a ring in the bow. The other end had been tied around the for ward thwart and then cut. Do you see what I mean? Twenty-five feet of the painter was fast to the bow-ring. Five feet of the same rope was still tied round the forward thwart. Both ends were cut clean, as if they had once be longed together." He gave a sort of shiver then and stopped. Then, seeing' that whatever sinister significance lajnln the fact was still not apparent to me, ne set nis teem and explained: Madeleine Force Astor Receives $1,695,572 as Result of Two Pre-Nuptial Pacts. NEW YORK, April li-CoI. John Jacob Astor, who perished on April 15, 1312, in the sinking of the Titanic, left a gross estate of JS7.216.691.05. His net estate was $S5,340.919.S6. These figures were compiled from the official sched ules turned in by expert appraisers on which Transfer Tax Appraiser John V. Coggey will base his report. They show an increase of nearly $15,000,000 over any other previous detailed account of Colonel Astor's wealth. This Increase is partly due to the work of John Qulnn, special -counsel to State Comptroller William Sohmer, who con ducted the hearings before Appraiser Coggey and planned the taking of the appraisal. The appraisal, now completed except that the appraisers have still to swear to and explain their figures and compute the amount of the inheritance tax due to the State, makes several interesting revelations as to the nature and extent of Colonel Astor's holdings as follows: Total appraised vaiue of Astor estate, less deductions claimed by the executors and allowed by law, $87,216,691. Value of interest of Vincent Astor, residuary legatee. Including trust be quests, which he receives on the death of the beneficiaries, J77.645 7T.6. Value of property owned absolutely by Colonel Astor, J51.2oS.3SS. Value of property In 'which. Colonel Astor had a life interest, with power of disposal in his will, $33,238,961. Property set aside in trust for Mrs. Ava Willing Astor by ante-uptial agree ment $787,397. Property set aside for life use of Mrs. Modelelne Force Astor. under two ante-uptial agreemen-s. $1,695,732. Value of separate trust set aside for Colonel Astor in the will of his father, -which passed In Colonel Astor's will to Vincent Astor. $236,171. Deductions claimed by executors, in cluding debts, administrative expenses. L-xecntor's commissions, and attorneys' fees. Jl.l'.'.nl. Net value of estate- if dductlors clalme dare allowed, $So,3491S. Lieutenant Colonel to Head Flood Commission Lieut Col. Francis R. Shunk. now In Pittsburgh. Is ranking officer of Secre tary of War Garrison's new commission to investigate and report upon flood con ditions and flood prevention in the Ohio river valley and the Lake Erie drainage Contlnnatlon of Thin Story Be Found In Tomorrow's) Isane of The Tlmea. area. The other members are Lieut. Col. Henry Jervey. at Cincinnati : Major Charles S. Bromwell. at Cleveland : Ma- ijor John C. Oakes. at Louisville: Major Frederick W. Alstaetter. at Wheeling, ,,.. rand Major Louis H. Rand, at Cincinnati. Willi Th8 board will furnish data whereon 1 the United States Government can found a system of flood prevention. ! ! !' j WHERE TO BUY AUTOMOBILES MOTORCYCLES AND ACCESSORIES This Directory, published every Wednesday. Saturday, and Sun day In The Washington Times, lilts the most representative Auto Vehicles and Accessories sold in Washington, together with the lead ing garages, repair shops, and other concerns catering to the needs of automoblllsts. Its alphabetical arrangement facilitates easy reference. ! Si ! Ill Iii GASOLINE PLEASURE CARS. Apperson Ernerson & Orroe. 1107 H St N. W. Buick Buick Motor Co.. 102S Conn. Ave. Cadillac Cook Sc Stoddard Co. Ills Conn Ave. Chalmers Zell Motor Car Company. 1405 H St N. XV. Ford Miller Bros. Auto Supply Company, 1105 14th St Marion THE CUNNINGHAM MOTOR CO. 17th & Tou. Phone N. 1576. Reo Barnard Motor Car Co, 1612 14th 8t N. W. Studebaker Commercial Auto & Sup ply Co. 17 14th St. SturdyStutz The MUIer Co (Inc 1926 Conn. Ave. Read AUTO NEWS in THE WASHINGTON TIMES. COMMERCIAL CARS. WTft T Congressional w-y . WilcoxTruxt-. Read AUTO NEWS in THE WASHINGTON TIMES ELECTRIC PLEASURE CARS. Baker D Cook & Stoddard Co. 11SS Conn. Ave. etroit- Electric Emerson and Orm 1407 H at Rauch'Lang The Kartraa Garage. 1204-0$ N. H. Ave. Read AUTO NEWS THE WASHINGTON TIMES GARAGES SALES REPAIRS Dan A. Abbott, 1339 9th St N. W. Phons N. 1819 Kate. SOc PT hour. Brown-Blair Garage, 1319 L St, N. W. Tel. North 1470. United Motor Sales Co., 1423 L St.. N W. Cars bought. sold Tel.. N. 4252 and exchanged Vermont Garage Gas & Electrici Tel. N. 374. 1122 Vermont Court N. v. ACCESSORIES SUPPLIES. Invader Oil i Tires T. P.OSE. I 3KS 11th st, nw. hon Col. 3T56. Ucst by test National Electric Supply Co., 1328-1330 N. Y. Ave. X W Tel. All Makes neduce.1 Hxprt Iteinlrlng Ac-ec-ories. We Save You Mne SL I.I.I VAV-GAIHIET CO.. 1"7 II M 7t' i Read AUTO NEWS in THE WAbHINGTON TIMES TAXICABS AND HIRING. Holladay Automobile Co. Limousines & Touring Can 1219 L St North 1170. Read AUTO NEWS In THE WASHINGTON TIMES. AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE. Ralph W. Lee, Com. Nat, Bk. Bids;.. 14th & O N. W. IRead AUTO NEWS in THE WASHINGTON TIMES MOTORCYCLES Excelsior & Haverford Motorcycles Agents and Distributers. Haverford Cycle Co.. 427 10th St. X. W. Excelsior & Henderson Motorcycles OSBORN & LEISHEAR. Agents. 23 Ninth St N. W. T. N. Mudd, Jr., Inc., Agent Reading Standard Motorcycle and Bl cycles Rambler Blccles Repairing SuppIleB-S.T Ninth St. N. W. Read AUTO NEWS in THE WASHINGTON TIMES. and Only the Live Ones Only YOU'VE BEEN HOPING and praying for years for the kind of car you thought some big manufacturer ought to build, and that you knew you could sell. THAT IS TO SAY, a lighi touring car of about 25 horse power, made so well the maintenance cost would be as- little or less than any-other car on the market; one that would look the part; act the part; and yet sell in the neighborhood of $700. THAT WAS ABOUT THE PRICE ou set wasn't it? YOU'VE ASKED for that kind of a car, insisting that it be one the owner would'nt feel he ought to leave in the alley so the neighbors wouldn't see it. A CAR FOR THE KIND OF OWNER who wants his money's worth in looks as well as performance, and who doesn't care to be pointed out as one who bought the cheapest car. SUCH A BUYER, you've told us, would pay a few dollars more to have a car that was worth more than the difference. YOU'VE KNOWN that there were only two, or possibly three, concerns in the world that could make such a car at such a price. Millions of capital, and plants equipped with special automatic machines throughout for making every last part of the car, are necessary. AND DOUBTLESS IT HAS occurred to you that the reorganized Maxwell Motor Company was in an ideal position to produce such a car having the capital, the plants, the organization ! and a clean slate. That is to say, plants ready for the work and no old models or material in course of construction. AND, YOU'VE HEARD WHISPERINGS that that was the sen sation the new Maxwell Motor Company had up its sleeve. WELL, WE HAVE and we've tried to keep the details from get ting out because we didn't want to start a stampede of buyers until we were ready to supply the cars. But you can't send test cars all over the country as we had to do to prove up this product to our own satisfaction without starting trade gossip. And trade gossip goes fast and far. It isn't always accurate, but it goes just the same. WE ARE STILL DETERMINED to withhold all detailed specifi-' cations and the real price from the public until we are ready to deliver a few thousand cars or at least until demonstra tors are in the hands of our dealers. PAST EXPERIENCE with stampedes of the kind that will cer tainly ensue when the features of this car are generally known, teaches us that our plan is right. BUT MEANTIME and here's why we are publishing this ad. to dealers the information is leaking out; dealers are coming to Detroit wanting to contract. THAT'S ALL RIGHT but we want to start right with this propo sition. It's going to be the biggest, greatest thing this organi zation has ever done and you know the men who comprise the Maxwell organization of designers, production, sales and advertising experts from Mr. Flanders down have done the biggest things that have ever been done in this industry. WE WANT TO START RIGHT. We want to select the best dealer in each town the one who has the best standing lo cally, and the kind of fellow who will take hold of this prod uct, not for a day, but for his whole future to go along and stay with us while we both make money and at the same time giving the buyer more for his money than he can possibly get elsewhere. IT'S A QUANTITY PROPOSITION and when you see the car you'll say it is a permanent proposition. THAT'S WHAT YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR that's what we've been aiming at in producing this car. Coupled with our S 1.085 "35-4" and our S2.350 50-6. here's the greatest line in the world and any maker who tries to compete, either in quality or price, will have to go some. NOW HERE'S WHAT INTERESTS YOU at this moment. We can't very well refuse to sign up with the other dealer who comes from your territory. We appreciate his coming it shows he is on the alert. That's alwaysa good sign. BUT HE MAY NOT BE THE BEST man for us to tie to how are we going to know unless you come arrd tell us? SO WE DECIDED to tell all dealers that we are ready to contract for these 25's as well as the 35 and the rest of the line. WE'VE ARRANGED to have all our District Managers in De troit this week (April 14th to 19th). It will be, the first glimpse they've had at this 25 car themselves and you may imagine they are as eager to see and ride in it as you are. THE DISTRICT MANAGER of your territory will be here at the main office so you can get right down to business with him if you are on the ground. EVERY DEALER IN AMERICA KNOWS the heads of this or ganization. You all know Walter E. Flanders. He .has al ways given his buyes more and forced his competitors to give theirs more, then they wanted to. HE IT WAS WHO FIRST-SAID, "Magneto included, of course." He who first .put a "foredoor" body on a thousand dollar car after cutting the price of the most popular and the greatest S 1,250 car to Si, 000 It was Flanders who forced all other makers to equip with demountable rims, by doing it first. He who said, "same electric starter as the Peerless," on .a $2,350 car, when most 5,000 cars were still without starters. AND FLANDERS HAS DONE MORE for the dealer than any , other. He it was who five years ago originated the "sliding scale of discounts" to stop the gouging of the little fellow the small dealer, who in the aggregate, disposes of 80 per cent of the product. He, who sent a cop of his dealer's con- ' tract to every dealer in the United States to show that all were treated alike, while other makers were "dickering" with theirs. Yes, you know Flanders and you know why other" dealers don't approve of his methods. Good- reason, isn't there? AND YOU KNOW McGUIRE if yon don't happen to know him personally, you certainly know Him by reputation. Wm. F. McGuire is known in trade circles as the former production manager of the' Ford Motor Company the man who seemed to create cars by miraculous -methods. Mr. McGuire as the "man behind" isn't so well known to dealers,' but you've heard it said if there's one man in the industry who can pro . duce cars in greater quantities than any other, it is McGuire. Come and meet him he'll show you the "25" himself. E. LE ROY PELLETIER you all know personally. You know his advertising, and its instantaneous results. "Roy's" advertis ing has sold more automobiles than that written by any other man. He knows you, knows your problems and knows your territory. Besides, handling our national campaign, Mr. Pel letier will furnish you with copy to run locally and, when occasion requires, he will be glad to write special copy to meet your local conditions. YOU'LL MEET TWO NEW FACES Walter M. Anthony, Corrip. troller, and C A. Forster, Commercial Manager, in charge of S sales. MR. ANTHONY IS THE MAN you'll deal with at the financial end and you'll like him. He's a rare combination of keen busi ness acumen and royal good fellowship. In short, he is a business man of breadth and character and poise and a sav ing sense of humor. You'll like Anthony and that makes business dealings a lot mo.re pleasant. AND YOU'LL LIKE FORSTER. He comes from the Burroughs Adding Machine Company. We don't know it all yet in the automobile business, you know, and tho' you'll look with suspicion on a new man in this industry, that impression will be dispelled in the first five minutes you are with Forster and then you'll agree that he, as well as Anthony, ''belongs" in this organization of specialists and experts. AND YOU'LL FIND in the other officers and in the factory, not scores, but hundreds of men you've known for years ex perts, specialists all, and you'll conclude that if the kind of car you've been wanting the kind you'd design and make your self if you had the capital and the facilites can be made, then this organization can make it to the Queen's taste and yours. THE CAR IS HERE ready to see snd to ride in. Deliveries in quantities will begin in June. You've been looking for this car for years come to Detroit en the first train; see and try it out for yourself and tell us why you think you can sell more of them in your territory than any other dealer. NOW MULL THIS OVER: You must realize you who have watched the trend of things that this automobile business will gradually narrow down to a few big ones. It will be a contest between giants. TODAY, WHEN MARGINS OF PROFIT to the maker are so small that ninety per cent of all the buyer pays goes into actual automobile value and seivice; when, in other words, the profit per car is very small, only those makers who have the financial backing, the facilities and the experience neces sary to produce cars in quantities, can survive. WE"LL TELL YOU FRANKLY that we are going to be very careful in selecting our representatives, but once we've signed up with a dealer it will be our policy to stick to him as long as he is eighty per cent plus in other words, as long as he does anywhere near right by us and by his trade. MAXWELL MOTOR Co. Executive and Sales Offices, Detroit, Mich. DISTRICT MANAGERS Ralph Coburn. 398 Newberry St.. Boston. Mass.; C. F. Redden. 1700 Broadway. New York. X. Y : E. G. Oliver. 305 Abnott Bldg.. Phila delphia, Pa.; A Burwcll, jr., Charlotte. X. C; C. H. Booth. 380 Pcachtree St.. Atlanta. Ga.; E. M. Greene. 1217 Swetland Bldg.. Cleveland. Ohio; F. B Willis". 437 X. Meridian. Indianapolis. Ind.. and 306 Xot. 12th St., St. Louis. Mo.; Frank Shaw, Gayoso Hotel. Memphis. Tenn.; C. F Stewart. Masonic Temple. Des Moine3. Iowa; O. W. Klo6e, Hi-nnupin Ave. and 09th St., Minneapolis. Minn.; J. M. Opper, 111'2 Farnam St.. Omaha. Xeb.; C E. Stebbins, 1612 Grand Ave.. Kansas City. Mo.; J. W. Shelor. 1318 Comment St.. Dallas. Tex.; D. S. Eddins, Denver. Colo.; C. R. Xewby, St. James Hotel. San Francisco. Cal.. and 217 Orecon Hotel, Portland, Ore. BBASCH MAAGEBS J. S. Conwell, 1200 So. Olive St., Lou Angeles. Cal.; G. P. Moore. 5905 Center Ave., E. Pittsburgh, Pa.