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12. THE y WASHINGTON TIMES, SUNDAY, JULY 25, 1915. ? . j V V Oy v ' ? i . (Synopsis of Preceding Chapters.) Kltty Gray,' a newspaper woma,n, rinds half of i broken coin, which arouses her cUrlosltr. and IfndH.her to tho principality ot'Gretzhqffen to place nut the story sug gested by- the Inscription. fine calls on Count Frederick, who at tempts to detain her. She Is rescued by Boleau, who had shadowed her ns the count's agent, and then had become her friend. Drought before King Michael of Oretz noffert, Kitty Oray, confessing the. pMaJt of her visit. Is (then tho other half of the broken coin. It bear the word: "Torture chamber, treasures of the King " Later, fearing that tho half coin will be tolen from her. site sonds It back to the Jtlng by messenger. Kitty overhears a Iot against the monarch and warns l.lm ot to drink any wine ht the ball that venlnc. The King remained sober, frustrating the plans of Frederick to start a revolu tion. But'when the messenger delivered the package from Kitty to the King the coin had disappeared. Kitty overhears eachlo plotting with another person to verthrow dretshoffen. Indicating that ho nss .Intercepted her mersenger and ob tained the hilt of the coin she had sent so the King. FIFTH INSTALLMENT. CHAPTER XIX. A New Intruder. THE keen senses of Roleau. school ed In peril, told him of some hid den danger the very' tense ness of tho situation warning him. Turning, he saw tho up raised weapon, and In a flash a blow from his own powerful arm had sent it flying through the window. It fell clinking on the floor at tho feet of Count Sachlo and his friends. Kitty, rescued from a danger which she hao not realized, sprang back. An Instant later Roleau had grappled with the In truder. Hearing the sound of this encounter, Count Sachlo and his companions sprang at tho intervening door, broke It In. They found two strange men engaged in an encounter whose cause they could not iruess, but both of whom unduuotoa lv were .Intruders in this Ijlace, And who, therefore, might bo regarded as ene mies. "The Amorlcan!" exclaimed Sachlo, as now he saw also the young girl, who was endeavoring as best she might to give. assistance to Rodeau In his strug ffle with the stranger. "Quick, excellency, run!" exclaimed Boleau. The strange man was not so easily to be disposed of. but gave even the power ful Roleau all he liked to do to handle nlm. Meantime Sachlo flung himself upon Roleau. his comrades did as much for the stranger. In the melee, which slipped from place to place upon the floor, Sachlo lot fall the little bag with tho king's half coin in his excitement he had forgotten that he still had It in his hand. Tho strangor, whose shifty eyes caught everything, saw tho bag as 1t lay upon tho floor. That was the object of his errand here! Once he had that In his grasp, he asked for nothing more. working gradually toward the place where the little bag lay, now underfoot, now scuffed aside by the struggling men, the stranger managed to trip nnd throw that one of Sachlo's friends who pressed him most closely. They fell di rectly before tho packet. Swiftly, the long hand of the stranger reached out and caught It up. Thero remained for him no more rel ish for the fight. An Instant later, his crossed arm against the throat of his assailant, he broke away, flung through the open window, and left the others to shift as they might. Roleau, still held In the powerful rasp of Count Sachlo himself, strug gled furiously, all the time calling to Kitty to make her own escape. Ho saw, as had Kitty herself, that there was et another and a stranger who coveted tho missing coin of OreUhoffen. "Roleau !" called Kitty. . "Quick, he has It he has stolen It.. Wo must fol low him!" And Roleau did his. best to shake himself free.1 "Not so fast, not so easily," panted Sachlo, whoso stern grip still held on Roleau's collar. "You will not get off just yet. Who are you, to come prowl ing about my place thieves agalnat thieves? Y6u shall tell me what nil this means." "Go, excellency, run !" panted Roleau, still to his mistress. "Leavo them to me. I'll come when I can." Kitty turned, knowing that she must act quickly or be taken prisoner herself. "Follow me, Roleau !" she cried. "I'ol low me when you can. I'll leave a, trail." And as Mio caught up ; book from the table Rnlcau guessed what she had meant by this a paper trail. An Instant later she also was outside tho window. She looked this way and that, but could see no trace of the stranger who had thus treacherously intruded upon their own plans, A strange feeling enmo to her mind that perhaps hhtt hnd booh him elsevvhore beforo now. Where could that have been? Ransacking her memory she concluded that ho must have been some one of tho band of banditti who had surprised bor and her companions In the desert. Stll', ho seemed a different oort from thos.- others. Who could he be, tl-'erefore and where now had he rone? H's p-i!n face, his rat-llko. furtive eyr.-i, lils slim, wiry fKuie at lens' sh-1 wa3 snfu to know them at nnv future lnn. Thpre seemed to bo no r6ourso fir her in this stern progress of events. There was no time now t' coV tv aid of any save her own wl'- her o- n resourcefulness. The lav. It-'! th-'" been any law. was useless to hrr an 1 her plans she, herse!f. eve-i had In voked lawlessness to aid hrr, Trusting to fortune to brl;T '.ior nid. ho ran forward In the gcnc-al direction which aha supposed the man hvl taken. She passed from the flsnr of the gallery, which held mo trace of footprl'.t", to the softer ground where she might see the trail, and caught it now He wc-i run ning In great leaps toward the edge of the forest, where the road cmo in. Yopdor lay the tra'l to Gretzhofet. He seemed bound for that. Yes she pres ently heard a sound of horcn'-j hoofs. The intruder was off, before htm lying the open road across th" deserf. "Horses'" thought Kitty to herself, recalling the stables where pome of Sachlo's mounts wero kept lnde-d, she doubted no that some might ho rid dled and waiting in the yard. It was true an Instant later her own flying hoof beats pursued those now lessening In the dtstanpo. And as she fled Kitty left a tral. As for Roleau. his faithful heart was wellnigh broken When. hcvlng seen his mistress follow his advice and make, her escape, he found himself In splto of all upahlo to Join her In the pursuit of the escaping thief who had their coin. The. grasp of Sachlo u,pon him did not relnx, and now others re-on-forcpd their leader. In a moment Rolpnu had been reduced to an passive n condition 'As that In which ho so recently nnd left another who had un dertaken the dangerous quest of tho kind's cpln. Finding himself helpless, at lencth he telaxed his tense muscles, censed to heave nnd thrust, composed himself as the athlete does who knows thr-re Is a continued struggle ahead of him, reserving his powers for the mo ment of the greater need. "Ah, well, messieurs," he said giln- -, . i i ' EMCRSON HOUGH nlng, at length, "you have the argu ment." Sachlo and his men letl him out tnto the main room whore, panting, ho was thrown upon. a chair, "Search him!" exclaimed Sachlo. "I hove lost the coin. It was here. It Is ijone ho has It about him some wherc." The companions of tho count compiled, hut could make nothing of the search, Koleau stoutly asserting that he knew nothing of It and had It not In his possession. "I dropped It on the door In tho scuffle, " exclalmer) Hachlo. "Surely this man must havo It, or It has wines! 1 had It In my hand but now, this vory moment. That Americansurely she Is a witch. Tld she take It, fellow? Tell me?" Ho turned furiously upon Roleau. "Monsieur, how can I tell?" roplled the latter. "I do not know. I was too JR.OXjE.1X3 SE-E,3XXr3 BUVtOST SUiEJBlia-OIVlEUT busy to see what was going on except in my own case." Itoleau stll grinned, well convinced that his mistress would not easily re linquish her own pursuit of tho coin, knowing as she did who now had it in possession. "Very well, sirrah' -rejoined Sarhlo. "wo ahall sec what a Jlttlo waiting will do. ondor American is alone, and will find she In a long way from home. She has been here before, and, although she somewhat scorned my hospitality, per haps she will be glad to have It beforo the night la done? Bhti Is sure to come back to this ruflUn filend of hers Bhe wants to know whut has become of hlin." Count Sachlo walked up and down the floor, agitated, angry. "Robbed of both hdiVes of tne cursed coin!" he ex claimed, turning to his friends once more, before wnom ho had been, but now so frunkly boasting. "This wus the king s haif--lt uime from King Michael lUmbuif, who was so fatuous an to give It away to yonder young Ameri can, whoever hhe may be. And here am 1, who expected by this tlmu to have both pieces In raj hand I luive neither! "Ah for Rudolph, ' he continued, "he was to have hail tho other half here by now. Hut where Is henot n word nom him. And now u thief takes what I ulieuty had. I am as, bare of tho dealt eil proot I necu an though I never hud h.rd of this cursed Uretzhoffen com. But wo will wait, gentlemen," ho uducu, tiiml, "things cuiu.ot atauu th.u toi long.' 'illlh DOlio. 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At nisi, however, there came tho MjhIu uf onj riding furiously. . . ...... a,, g iitlcmcn ' exclaimed .'!.it.lu 'c do not know who comes 1 hi .. may be Itudolph." l .;. .ni.ccd this m sslng 3trangor tl.i. t. j i ii who had been left bound in l-ii.' : c.v h apartments. , He canie now, excited, breathing wrath against all thu world. For one ins,t-nt as he held open tho door he hesi tated, then seeing Roleau sitting bound, Hung himbelf upon him with a cry of vengeance, It -rtn1H Kn unapntnArl i. !.,.. when Count Frederick had returned to ! h Ulilll 1l.t U11UL1DLUUI1 IIII1V III; I 1 his own enartnients nnd found his prl vine room occup'eu oy n man wno evi dently had been there for.no good pur posea man left trussed up and bound bv vet other Intruders he had had some parley with tho helpless Intruder In tho way of learning what had been the cause of hln titrange plight. "I know you, fellow," said he. "You nro of Count Sachlo's suite. You have been quartered here with him as a guest of the house and now you would rob mo! Your master has goneyou mean to rob your master's host and friend Who. then, found you and left you hete?" "Your excellency," exclaimed Rudolph, "snuro mo! I was found here in your room, it is true, or near to It, at least, and was set upon by a ruffian anft a young woman. Uelweon them they bound me Hnd left me helpless flunr mo Into vour room here as you see. I ask no belief of you. Take me to Count Sachlo I am his man. Lqt him plead for me. I shall make no plea at nil,'' Count Frederick found upon the floor a little kerchief, which told him much. Ho picked It up. gazing nt it strangely. A sudden wave of admiration once morn crossed his soul at the daring of this ! young woman, who seemed to be hrrp. there and even where, whoeo trails of late so strangely crossed his own In everv possible situation of life. "Very well." skid ho to Rudolph, "that Is preclsrlv what I shall do! We shall Bo to find your 'master, Count Sachlo. There has been too much mystory of late; perhaps he can explain a- part of It.'! . It was thus, therefore, that Count Frederick, and . his now passenger had come In a swift car from Qrotzhoffen direct to the lodje of Count Sachlo, be yond tho neutral lands. And having ar rived at the chalet Rudolph had lost no time In flinging himself from the car ftnd, hastening to explain to his master that absence which ho know would he so resented. Seeing Itoleau there In advance of him and bound his own rage overcame him and he lost not en Instant In casting himself upon Count Sachlo's prisoner. This was not altogether a fortunate matter for any; for Koleau, surprised i imtmm. i vimmi mia HVaVsiva . 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Wait -ho has not the coin. -Why wasto time on him?" They fell back a.s the count once more took charge of tnls complicated situation. "As for you, Rudolph," ho exclaimed, "you have come late, and you have failed you have not tho coin that you vvrro sent to brine me." "Excellency, n I have failed. That ! man" ho nolnted to the door where Ro- leau had lied "ho and a y iunc woman I caught mo oven us I was searching for If ti'hnra Vnil Hlrpnft1 mo 'I'hnv t, ' L !!- J H usa-bl. u V A1SWJ IVII c'n mo und trust'cS ins up and loft mo helpless. I stayed there unlll tho master of tho place cam". It was he who bi ought me hlthei I told him you -tvould rrako any explana Ion that could be mnde " "And a fine rxrlanntlon anyone can make!"' exclaimed fount Sic.iio, bltter lv. 'I am helplo a I t. hull lie suspected. You cannot toll what consequences may fallow your own f llure." ' Cut m isteimaster ' ' It la nothing to nv what .v ou say In excuses! Can the general accopt ex cuses from any officer who does not have his tr ops at tho appointed place in tho battle at the appointed hour? Failure commands no explanation, so offer me none here. They have gone nil of them gone we are left here cmpty-lnnicd. And ou talk of ex pla i.ing!" Out Ide the chain thete now were two, both if whom were eager enough to leave the place sin I nper tarrying would be good for neitherCount Fred erick and his lUc servant, Roleau, Tho car of Count Frfderuk still remained for hlm-thit of Count S'ichio stood In tho front yard of the chalet. A moment later the purr of loth motors might havo hen heard a thev wilrled nut ln'o the icad toward Gietzhoffen Thero minA.i hAhm ,vi. .v.A r.i.,n.n rival kingdom, now left to nuree their ROKeN cowwcffT; ss or us?cri. swrrevpoy own Im otent wrath at Iholr own head quartets In Count Sachlo's hunting 1oc.ro. CHAPTER XX. i The Apaches. , 11)0 man who had proved himself the last possessor of tho King's half of the OroUhofTcn coin was the moat unworthy of any thus far concorned In Its destinies. True, Kitty's recol lection had been correct sho had In dued seen him among Landojsl's con dottlerl. Yet lawless as the members of that band wore, he scarce was fit to claim comradeship with them. His nnmo In truth was Blake a renegade Englishman, who had for some tlmo belonged to the underwold Iftlc TlrLTL. COllT of the capital of Gretzhoffen. If, anl- mated by somo gi eater ambition of his own, ho now and then joined th 'I tl bunds of the desert rovers, his rea preference was for the underwold of the city, whore, with his comrades of the cheaper thlcvlnc gentry, he might for the most part smoke or loaf in ldloncss, not concerned in deeds of activity or dating. It had been by more chance of his prowling nature tnat he had learned something about the ovvneishlp of tho broken coin had gues&ed that It might have some valuo, and had resolved to possess himself of it. Ao ho fled now, therefore, he made not for the desert po much as for the dens of his own sort in tho purlieus of Iretzhofton town itself. When at lencth. after his lonir ride across tho I neutral roi'ntry, he found himself once inoic neat to what ho called home, he cast loose his horse and completed, his Journey on foot. At the door of the underground dive, whore he counted upon meeting most of his li lends he mado the usual sign of ndmlsslon. It was a choice band of kindred rouls who rosn to greet him as he entered. They asked of him what cheer. "What have I Cone what have I taken?" Swaggering, he pushed them abide and threw on tho table in tho renter of thu room a bit of coin which he took from his pocket. 'Something, ccmiades, I am think- ' lnir." A roar of laughter broke from them. as, a motloy grioup, they surrounded him. "He's a Jolly Jester, is It not so, my brothers!" exclaimed one. "A coin! If it were vvholo It m'ght be worth perhaps a lira or bo, but broken !t is worthiest-. What can we get for this in a bank, my brothers? So, Blake, is this your day's work!" Ulake. a satisfied smllo still upon his face, sank Into a rhair and rolled him self a cUatette. He only continued to smllo as they plied him with questions nnd Jested with him about his scanty haul. "You may laugh, comrades," said he, "all you like: at tho same time, t venture you that coin will be rorth something to us before wo are done with it." "What is It?" exclaimed one. curious ly, examining the Inscription. "An old Roman coin, do you think?" "Something even better," asserted Blake. "It 1b not altogether a question of whnt the coin would bring nt a hank the real question Is what It will bring as ransom. Now. there are per sons of rank and wealth would give much for the possesion of what we have nere. "True, there la a mystery about It, my bullies, never doubt that. It Is a mys tery that will pay well when solved. Besides, It might act as some sort of of talk of late that our band may need safeguard for us. There has been plenty AUTHOR OF "THE LF.DY ANO THE PIRATE" "JOHN RAW("TC. friends to keep us from the noose. .Very well, then I think tho ownership of this coin at least will give up friends when wo need them. Guard It well, that same broken coin, my brothers." "What do you mean?" asked tho spokesman curiously. "Who has sought It, then?" "Such men as Count Sachlo of Qra haffen. It was of him I took It. There was pursuing It, also, that same young American and that ruffian of hers, who serves her so like a dog Roleau, I heard her call him. My word, ho had a grip of steel In his hands he well nigh did for mo before I could make my escape. I saw Count Sachlo drop tho coin upon tho floor. I threw my man so I could pick It up, and then I fled. My word to you, brothers, I fled at speed! So. here I am." . "Count Sachlo Is not easily balked he 5fCHJXO 5.IZ.EJD HE.ajva Is resolute." demurred one of the band. "This may mean pursuit." "First, he must know where we arc We must keen under cover. Should the King's troops find us well, perhaps u mav be able to use some argument or some answer perhaps wo may buy our safety No one knows what may be the purchasing power of this bit of metal yonder." Now. while these thieves of tho city were holding their little conference, , their bolder brethern of the desert, not so far away In their own rendevous, wero gathered for an evening's converso a dozen or more of Landozl's band of deseit riders, hall fellows well met, friends of tho King's troops nnd ene mies, as thev boasted, of none but the rich. Their headauarters, as was gen erally known, lay a little way back on the cross-trail of the main road, betw cecn the two kingdoms of Grahof fen and Gretzhoffen. which crossed mld wav of the neutral lands. When Klttv fled after the thief Blake, it was at first with no definite purpose of her own: hut sho had not gone far be fore she realized that utone she could accomplish little against such men as he. and she doubted not that he was on his way to Join his comrades. What then was there to do? Who could aid her? There Is an old adge which says, "Set a thief to catch a thief!" Poor Kitty was obliged now to use such weapons ns lav at hand. As has been Indicated, she had no hope In tho resource of tho law on the contrary, must look to law lessness Itself to help her In the quest upon which she was now so desperately bound. Who then could help her not Count Frederick not Count Sachl not even Roleau. now helpless In the hands of his rnemlos. Even as she rode the thought came to Kitty's mind nt the debonair bandit leader. Ijxndozl, the same who had so gallantlv freed her and escorted her to the city's gates but a short time before. She was woman enough to know the Impression she had made on the bandit thief and shrewd enough nlso to hit upon him as an ally In her own plans. Therefore, as Kitty rode now not so fast as not to leave abundant bits of paper on the trail so that Roleau might be able to track her It was not to ward any citadel of the law not to Gretzhoffen town itself but toward the capital of lack of law; the rendezvous of the ragged banditti of the desert. They sat, these rude and careless folk, 111 clad, ragged, yet not 111 content, un der the sheltering rocks which made their lair or den on the cross-road In tho neutral lands. Cooking, eating, drinking, they spent the tlmo as persons of no more mentality than theirs would spend It Joking, conversing, talking of what they had done, vaporing of what they were about to do. Most promi nently in their minds seemed to linger the memory of their little expedition In which they had taken prisoner tho Count Frederick and the beautiful young American. "And the chief let that prize go!" grumbled one. "Out of the whole enter prise we got nothing, absolutely noth ing. What tho count gave us would not have made two lire apiece, divided fairly among our band. The main prize tho young woman we got nothing for her whatever. And yet, what a chance for ransom!" "Tush! How do you know that sho had money?" "Not necessary," said the other sage. "With beauty such as hers she had friends be suro of that! Yes. sho has rich friends. Besides, did vou not hoar her servitor say she was an excellency, a princess of America perhaps a queen of that country come to visit amongst us? Ransom? heur me, my brothers, not such a chanco as that will como to us again for many years. And saw you not how tho chief regarded hor! Good Landozi favorlto of all the ladles In the land below here he danced attendance on her as though he had never seen a fair face before In all his life. My faith! she cast a spell upon him. Ran som'twas she could have got ransom from him Instead!" "Well, It comes of not taking tlmo by the forelock, mv friends," remarked another. "Such a chance does not come often. But I wonder where the chief himself Is tonight. And aro the pickot out down tho road? In these times wo cannot be too careful, for they say that between tho two kingdoms war may come, and If so It would be but our luck for one of tho armies to ask us to recruit with them." "Go, you fellows, two of you," In structed ono who seemed to be some sort of lieutenant. "Step out and scout down tho road n bit." It was not long after this that tho men left at the rendezvous heard In COIN tho darkness a woman's scream. "W 1 1 It this came tho laughing shout of their comrades. A moment moro they boro Into the light of the circle between thorn a young woman! "Ho, brothers!" cried the ruffian who held Kitty In his arm "By tho Lord, 'tis the same! 'tis tho young American highness whom we lost!" "What, has she como again to us of her own will?" thus one voice. "Search her, brothers," demanded another. "Pho may havo money." "Whether or not sho has," tcjolned another, "she still has her beauty and her clawa! Yes, this time a ransom, and a fat one!" "Loose me! Let me free!" cried Kitty vehemently "I came to you for help. I trustod In you. I am In need and I ask you gentlemen to be my friends." "What, your frlenda!" They laughed loudly at this. "Yes, your leader knows me do you not remember how ho took us capttvo tho other day? He told me then that If I needed aid to count on hlin. DoeH one of your brotherhood speak falsely?" They fell buck from her now respect fully, Impressed In part by what in said, and In part by the fear that tl.ey might offend their leader.. This latter fear was well placed, for even now they heard the sounds of rapid hoof beats. "Hist!" exclaimed one, "Landozl-lt Is very likely he." And It was he, the man whom they all respected through their fears. Ho flung himself from his horse now and strode Into the lighted circle. "What now, fellows!" exclaimed he, as ho caught sight of tho young woman standing there, disheveled, pale. "Do you not know this excellency? What, would you Insult hor!" Ho wa-t liberal with his blows among them, now right and now left, and thoy fell back unresisting. He stood before Kitty, sweeping a deep bow, his plumed hat In his hand. "Excellency," said he "whence come you? I am surprised to see you here Iv It that you havo found my manonr of life a-reeable?" "I came hither for help," exclaimed Kitty, addressing him with such appeal In her eyes ' s any m-n would havo ft und It difficult to r. slst. "I am In need I am In pursuit of a thief and I ' "And you nsk a thief to catch a thief?" Tho bandit chlcf'aln mll'd grimly. "No not In he least- I do not call you so, you brother of the desert. You our.elf Cat tain Land zl, told me to c .mo to you If I needed help. Well, I need It now, tonl ht, thin very moment! t am nil alono I need conduct to Gretz hoffen town. I nm convinced that tho mo n who robbed me fl. d thither. What, would you allow ore to escape who would rob a woman?" "No," oxclalrrod Linozl. "That Is not our trade. It is our profession that wo take only from th" rich, nnd wo do not sldo with thopc who rob tho weak. Kxcollencv, my word Is my word You com' to us for aid, and we should bo birron of all honor did we not give you nld. What can we do?" "Ride with me'" exclaimed Kitty. "Yourself two or three men show me the way from hero to Gretzhoffen. Shield mo nralnst any other possible riders who may not be of your brother hood. It Is agreed?" "It Is agreed!" exclaimed Landozi. nnd v'lth srmll discussion 'hev coon were In the snddlo ngain La dozl t o or three of his stoutcnt mop and K t v; and once more n-o folt the rush of the wind neolnst her cheek ar a good horse car ried her forward. CHAPTER XXI. The Sewer Rats. "Who was tho thief that robbed you, excellency?" demanded Landozi, as they drew up near the edge of tho city did you see him well?" "Perfectly," said Kitty. "Moreover, I am suro I havo seen him before." "Where?" "With your own band, monsieur he was ono of those who rode with you the other day!" "Ah, a slim man sharp face white " "Precisely tho same!" "I know him Blake! He was with us that day, yes, but I promise ou he Is not really of our brotherhood. He Is not worthy of association with gallant gentlemen like ourselves. We ride .the trails he creeps through the alleys of the city. We are borderers he is a common thief. Blake truly. It must have been he. No one of our own gen try would have robbod a woman. Now. you help mo In jour own quest. I know Blake's lurking place. He and his kind have a sort of den In the low quarter of the town. The prefect of police leaves them pretty much alone, because In these times the officers of the law have much elso to think about. Their opium lair their den for stolen goods yes, yes, I know. But dare you go with me?" "I must dare it," said Kitty firmly. "Perhaps my friends will follow me I do not know but even If not, you and I must get back what he has stolen from me." "And what was It. excellency?" "No more than a broken bit of coin, captain, of value to none as it Is now, of great valuo to mo provided I can attain It and the other half." "You need say no more. The errand Is enough to Interest me hpcause now I shall have that fellow Blake where I have longed to find him. He shall not ride with us again. But come," he added. They found their way through the darkening streets In the purlieus of Gretzhoffen town. Under the leader ship of tho chieftain they threaded street after street, alley after alley, until at length thoir pnrty descended Into a steep gully In a less Important portion of the city. A faint light show ed through tho chinks of a wall which seemed to be the facing of a bank, but which really concealed some sort of a don within. "Yondor, excellency," whispered Landozi, "Is the place where they hole up like rats in a sewer and they have no more principles they are worthy of no more. Come, my men, close In." He pushed against the door round which shone tho gleams of light, and hastened Into a sort of passageway. Their entry attracted no attention for tho time. Only two of the gang remained, tho others having departed on one errand or otner or their own. .When Kitty and her companion looked through tho FRECKLE-FACE Sun and Wind Bring Out Ugly Spots. How to Remove Easily. Here's a chance. Miss Freckle-face, to try a remedy for freckles with the guarantee of a rellnblo dealer that It will not cost you a penny unless It re moves tho freckles, while If It does give you a clear complexion tho ex pense is trifling. Simply got an ounco of othlne double strength from any druggist nnd a few applications should show you how ensy it is to rid yourself of tho homely freckles and get a beautiful complexion. Rarely U more than one ounco needed for the worst case. Be sure to aBk the druggist for tho double strength othlne, as this Is the prescription sold undPr guarantee of money back If It fails to remove freckles. Advt llttlo window, which gave In upon tho tccess under tho bluff, thpy saw sitting close to the table two men Blake, tho renegade, nnd another of his band. The keen eyes of Kitty detected Blake's hand lying upon the table and near It me object wnich she 'sought the miss ing coin! "Quick," whispered Landozi, and oa ho spoke ho broke Into tho room. With out hesitation ho flung himself upon Blake, and Kitty, wishing to be of service, and finding no better means, caught up an empty bottle which stood near and dealt so Interesting a blow upon tho head of the remaining ruffian as to put him out or the combat for tho time. An Instant later she had caught from the table the coveted coin. Let him go, Landozi quick! Come! I have got it!" she exclaimed And nn instant later she was In the passage way once more. . ?he had almost made her way out into tho open, when in the semldark ness she felt a strong hand catch at ner wrist heard a low laugh at her ear. "Roleau!" she cried, aloud. "No, not Roleau," said a voice sho knew well enough-the voice of the Count Frederick "Your man and I traveled not so far apartt it is true, my dear young lady but now he is hasten ing vondcr. for he thinks you lost hero In these passages. And so you aro lost from him. but not from me. Come, you have the coin!" She felt his steellike fingers grip her own. There was no concealment of whnt she held clutched In her hand. Sho heard his laugh once more. "So. you have It! Very well, cling to It, then but don't drop It. To prevent that 1 will oven hold your hand In mine." "You brute!" exclaimed Kitty, sobbing now In the intensity of her emotions "after all I have done to get It and It Is mine!" "Why argue it, my dear young lady?" exclaimed Count Frederick. "I havo told you I must have it. I regret as much as you that I must disturb you." "Release me let me go!" Panting, she looked up at him I A tho hall light. What she saw was aaco grim and full of purpose a face which it seemed to her she would alvs hate but In which at least there wiftio trace of any fear. "Come." he said, and flung an arm about her waist as he stepped toward tho open "Let Roleau fend for himaolf I I am satisfied with what I have now." i An Instant later he halted. From what EoundB ho heard at the rear, he knew escape was cut off there. And now crowding In at the entrance of the main gallery in which they stood, there came vet othprs of the thieves' band, barring exit there as well. Count Frederick, shielding Kitty, stood at bav. (Continued Next Sunday.) See This Installment Wednesday At the Alhambra Theater, 419 7th N. W. Advt. Uh! Your Coat's All Dandruff Again GET YOUR SCALP HEALTHY Soap and water injures the hair and scalp. The hair de pends for its life and luster upon the healthy condition of the scalp and no scalp can be healthy if constantly dried up and parched with alkalis. Anything that foams contains alkalis. 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