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ALBUQUERQUE MORNING JOURNAL. MONDAY. JULY 26. 1915.
FIVE The Exploits of Elaine A Detective Novel and a Motion Picture Drama - II By ARTHUR B. REEVE II Thctt'ell-KnotcnNocelht ar.i Ihe H Crtjtor of tht "Craig ktnncJy ' ' $t:.:& Presented in Collsborition With the Pithe Copyright. 1H. tiy the Stsr Compuy SYNOPSIS. The Now York police are mystified by a n, murders Hnil other crhms. The I ,1 clue to the criminal Is the warn ing letter which is dent the victims. i(necl with a "clutching haiul." The latest vlc i1T1. ..i tn. mysterious assassin is T,i k i Dodge, the Insurance president. His il.tUKliter. irillWf. employs ('ruin Kennedy. , Famous scientific detective, to try to i . r .uel the mystery. What Kennedy ac complishes Is told by Ills friend Jameson. m newspaper man. Enraged at the deter m i effort which Klaine and Craig Ken nedy are making to put an end to Ids ci lines, the ("lutchlntr Hand, as this strange riminal is known, resorts to ull sorts of the most iliahollcul schemes u put th. m out of the way. Knrh chapter of the sinry tells of a new plot utiainst their lives and of the way the ureat de teetive uses nil his skill to save this pret ty girl and himself from death. THIRTEENTH EPISODE THE DEVIL WORSHIPERS. Klaine was seated in the drawing room with Aunt Josephine one after noon, when her lawyer. Perry Ben nett, dropped in unexpectedly. He had hardly greeted them when the butler. Jennings, in his usual im passive manner announced that Aunt JosephlBS was wanted on the tele phone. No sooner were Klaine and Pennett alone than Elaine, turning to him, ex claimed: Last night I dreamed that father rame to me and told me that If I would give up Kennedy and put my trust in you, I would find the Clutch ing Hand. 1 don't know what to think of it." Hmnett. who had been listening in tently, moved over nearer to Elaine and bent over her. "Elaine," he snld in a low tone, his remarkable eyes looking straight into her own, "you must know that I love you. Then give me the right to pro tect you. It was your father's dearest wish, I believe, that we should marry. Let me share your dangers and I swear that sooner or later there will be an end to the Clutching Hand (Jive me your answer, Elaine," he urged, "and make me the happiest man in all the world." Elaine listened, and not unsympa thetifally, as Bennett continued to plead for her answer. "Wait a little while until tomor row," she replied finally. "Let It be as you wish, then," agreed Hennott quietly. He took her hand and kissed it pas sionately. An Instant later Aunt Josephine re turned. Elaine, unstrung by what had happened, excused herself and went Into the library. Involuntarily, ber mind traveled back over the rapid succession of events of the past few weeks and the part that she had thought, at least. Kennedy had come to play in her life. Then she thought of their recent misunderstanding. Might there not be some simple explanation of it, aft er all, which she had missed? What should she do? She solved the problem by taking tip the telephone and asking for Ken nedy's number. I was chatting with Craig in his laboratory, and, at the same time, was watching him in his experimental work. Just as a call came on the tele phone, he was pouring some nitro hydrochloric acid into a test tube to complete a reaction. The telephone tinkled and he laid down the bottle of acid on his desk, while he moved a few steps to answer the call, Whoever the speaker was, Craig seemed deeply Interested, and, not knowing who was talking on the wire, 1 was eager to learn whether It was anyone connected with the case of the Clutching Hand. "Yes, this is Mr. Kennedy," I heard Craig say. 1 moved over toward him and whis pered eagerly, "Is thero anything new?" A little Impatient at being Interrupt ed, Kennedy waved me off. It oc curred to me that he might need a pad and pencil to make a note of some informal in, and I reached over the desk for them. As I did so my arm inadvertently struck the bottle of acid, knocking it over on the top of the desk Its con tents streamed out saturating the tele phone wires before 1 could prevent it. In trying to right the bottle my hand came In contact with the acid which burned like liquid fire, and I cried out in pain. Craig hastily laid down the re ceiver. Helped me and rushed me to the back of the laboratory, where he drenched my hand with a neutraliz ing liquid. He nound up the wounds caused by the add, which proved to be slight, after all, and then returned to the tele phone. To his evident annoyance, he dis covered that the acid had burned through the wires and cut off all con nection. At the other end of the line, Elaine was listening impatiently for a re sponse to her first eager words of in quiry. She was astonished to And, This Story Pljye rs and the Mectte Fihn CoaipsaY All Forties K.pnt.- lttnrrrrd at last, that Kennedy had apparently j left the telephone without any expla j nation or apology. "Why u raag off.' she exclaimed angrily to herself, as she hung up the receiver and left the room. In the center of a devious and wind ing way, quite unknown to all excep thoso who knew the Innermost secrets of the Chinese quarter, and even un-1 known to the police, there was a dingy tenement house, apparently inhabited by hard-working Chinamen. bu In re-1 allty the headquarters of the notorl-' ous devil worshipers, a sect of satan Ists, banned even in the Celestial em pire. The followers of the cult comprised some of the most dangerous Chinese ! criminals, thugs and assassins, be sides a number of dungerous charac ters who belonged to various Chinese secret societies. At the head of this formidable organization was Long Sin, the high priest of the devil god, and Long Sin had, as we know, already joined forces with the notorious Clutching Hand. The room in which the uncanny rites i of tho devil worshipers were conduct ed was a large apartment decorated in Chinese style, w ith highly colored por traits of some of the devil deities and , costly silken hangings. Ileslde a large 1 dais depended a huge Chinese gong. On the dais Itself stood, or rather sat, an ugly figure covered with some sort of metallic plating. It almost' seemed to be the mummy of a China ' man covered with gold leaf. Into this room came Ixing Sin at-1 tired in an elaborate silken robe. He I advanced and kotowed before the dais with it strange figure, and laid down an offering before it. This performance was witnessed by twenty or thirty Chinamen who knelt IB the rear of the room. At the same time an aged Chinaman carrying a prayer wheel entered the place and. after prostrating himself j devoutly, placed the machine on a I sort of low stool or tabourette and began turning it slowly, muttering. ; A few moments later Long Sin, who j had been bowing before the metallic figure in deepest reverence, suddenly j sprang to his feet. His glazed eye and j excited manner indicated that he had j received a message from the Hps of the strange god. The worshipers who bad prostrated themselves, in awe at the sight of their j high priest In the unholy frenzy, nil rose to their feet and crowded for-! ward. Long Sin struck several blows on the resounding gong and then raised j his voice in solemn tones. "Ksing Chau, the Terrible, demands a consort. She Is to be foreign fair of face and with golden hair." At the same time. In a room of the adjoining bouse, the Clutching Hand himself was busily engaged in mak iug the not) elaborate preparations for some nefarious scheme which his ferlile mind had evolved. The room had been' fitted up as a! medium's seance parlor. Two of the Clutching Hand's most trusted confederates and a hard laced woman of middle age, dressed In plain black, were putting the finishing touches to this apartment, when their chief entered. Clutching Hand gazed about the room, now and then giving an order! or two to make more effective the setting for the purpose which lie had in mind. Finally ho nodded In approval and stepped over to the fireplace where logB were burning brightly in a grate Pressing a spring In the mantelpiece, j the master criminal effected an Instant transformation. The logs in the fire place, still burning, disappeared inline j diately through the bottom of the brick , tiling and a metal sheet covered them An aperture opened at the back, as if by magic. Through this opening Clutching j Hand made his way quickly and dis j appeared. Emerging on the other side of the peculiar fireplace, Clutching Hand pushed aside a curtain which barred the way and looked Into the Chinese j temple, taking up a position behind: the metallic figure on the dais. The Chinamen bad by this time fin , Ished their devotions, If such they might be called, and the last one was leaving, while Long Sin stood alone OS the dais. The noise of the departing satanlstsi had scarcely died away when Clutch-1 !ng Hand stepped out. "Follow me," he ordered hoarsely.; seizing Long Sin hy the arm and lead ing him away. They passed through ihe passage way of the fireplace and, having en tered the seance room, Clutching Hand began briefly explaining the purpose ; of the preparations that had been , made. Long Sin wagged his head in voluble approval. Elaine was standing in the library gazing sadly at Kennedy's portrait, thinking over recent events and above all the rebuff over the telephone which she supposed she had received. in Moving Pictures Will Jennings entered with a card on a aalvei Elaine took it and saw with surprise the name ot her caller: MADAME SAVETSKY, Medium l'eneath the engraved name were the woids written, in ink "I have a "Yes. 1 will M-e her.' cried Elaine eagerly, in respon-e to the butler's in- Joining room and iliere found herself face to face nli ihe hard featured womau who had onl a few moments before left the Clinching Hand Elaine looked ra:her than spoke her j inquiry. "Your father, my dear," purred the medium, with a great pretence of sup- ! pressed exciteun nt. appeared to me i the other night frost the spirit world. I was in a trance and he asked me to deliver a message to you.'' "What was the message?" asked Elaine breati li sl , now aroused to IntenM interest. "I must go into a trance again to get it," replied the insinuating itvstsky, 'and If you like 1 tan try it at ouce, provided we can be lelt alone long! enough." Seated in her chair, the medium J muttered wildlv lor a few moments, rolled her eyes, and w ith some con-j vulsive IBOTSMent I pretended to go in to a trance. Suddenly the curtains were pulled aside and Aunt Josephine and lien-1 uett, who had just come in, entered "I can do nothing here" exclaimed Savetsky. starting up and looking' about severely You must como to' COl be interrupted.'' "I will," saiit Klaine, vexed at tho intrusion at that moment "1 must1 have that message 1 must." "What's all tins, Elaine?" demanded' Aunt Josephine. Hurriedly, Elaine pouted forth to) her aunt anil Bennett the story of the' medium's visit and Ihe promised mes-1 sage from her lather la the other I world. Aunt Josephine, w ho was not one j easily to be imposed on, strongly ob jected to Klalne's proposal to acconi-1 pany Savetsky to the lesncfl chamber,! but Elaine would not be denied. "It might be safe for Elaine to go." j Bennett finally suggested to Aunt Jo A few moments later, in the Dodge car. Klaine. the medium and ber two escorts started for the Chinese quar ters. t At the house the medium opened the door with her key and ushered In her three visitors. Sintering the room, the medium at once prepared for the seance by pull ing down the window shades. Suddenly an Indistinct face was seen to be peering through the black cur tains. A voice, dee Pi sepulchral, was heard in slow and solemn tones. "1 am Eeko the spirit of Taylor Dodge. I will give no message until one named Josephine leaves the room." No sooner had the words been tit tered than the medium camo writhing out of her trnnee. "What happened?" she asked, look ing at Elaine. Elaine reported the spirit's words. "We can get nothing If your aunt stays here," Savetsky added, insisting Elaine It Hurried Through the Hid den Passage in the Fireplace. that Aunt Josephine must go. ' Your father cannot speak while she Is pres ant." Aunt Josephine, annoyed by what she had heard, indignantly refused to go and was deaf to all Klalne's plead ings. "I think It will be all right," finally acquiesced Bennett, seeing how betit Kleins was on securing tho message, I "I'll stay und protect ber." Aunt Josephine finally agreed "Very well, then," she protested, marching1 out of the room in a high state of: Indignation. She had scarcely left the house, hOWever, when she began to suspect that all was not as It ought to be. Inj fact, the Idea had no sooner occurred lo her than she decided to call on Kennedy and she ordered the chauf feur to take her as quickly as possible to the laboratory. Kennedy had not been In the laho ratory all the day after my expert ence with the acid, and I was imps tlenriv awaiting his arrivI At last r 1 there came knock at the door and I opened U hurriedly There was a mes senger boy who handed me a note. I j tore it open. It was from Kennedy and rad: "I shall probably be away for two or three days Call up BalM and tell her to beware of a certain: Madame Savetsky 1 was still puzzling over the note and was Just about to cull up Klaine when the speaking tube was blow ' and to my surprise I 'mind that it was Aunt Josephine who hail Called. "Where is Mr Kennedy? she asked, i greatly agitated "He has gone sway for n few davs. 1 replied blanklv Is there anything, 1 can do?" She was very est Ited and hastily re-1 lated what had happened at the parlor; of the medium. "What was her name"" I cried mix lonslv "Madame Savetsky," she replied, to my surprise. Astounded, 1 picked up Craig's note from the desk and handed it to her without a word She read it with breathless eagerness. "Come back there with me, please." she begged, almost frantic with lear now. "Something terrible mav have Aunt Josephine had hardly left Sa vetsky when the trance was resumed, Suddenly, from ihe mysterious shad ows of the cabinet there appeared the spirit of Long Sin, whose death Elaine still believed she hail caused when Adventuress Mar had lured ber to the apartment Elaine was trembling with fear at1 the apparition. As before, a strange voice sounded In the depths of ihe cabinet and again a message was heard, in low, solemn tones: "I am Keka, and I have with me Long Sin. His blood cries for ven geance." Klaine was overcome with horror at the words. Then a dim, ghostly figure, appar ently that of Ixing Sin. appeared With arms outstretched, the figure glided from the cabinet and approached Klaine She shrank back farther in fright, too horrified even to scream. At the same moment, the medium drew a vapor pistol from- her dfi ss and, as the ghost of Long Sin leaped at Klaine, Savetsky darted forward and shot a stream of vapor full in Bwnett'i fuce. BgnMtt dropped unconscious, the lights in the darkened room flushed up, and several of the men of the Clutching Hand rushed In Quickly the fireplace was turned OB its cleverly constructed hinges, re vealing the hidden passage, Before any effective resistance could be made, Elaine and Bennett were hustled through the passage, securely bound, and placed on a divan In I curtained chamher back of the ultnr of the devil worshipers. It was at that moment that I, little dreaming of what had been taking place, arrived with Aunt Josephine at the house of Ihe medium. She answered my ring and admitted us. To our surprise, the seance room was empty. "Where Is the young lady who was here?" I asked "Miss Dodge and the gentleman Just left a few pilnutes ago," the medium explained, as we looked about 1 happened to notice atom handker chief IvIiik on the floor. It flashed over me that perhaps It n riii afford As I passed It, 1 purposely dropped my soft hat over It and picked up the hat, securing the handkerchief with out attracting Savetsky's attention. Aunt Josephine was keen now for , returning home to And out whether Elaine was there or not. No SOOBer had she entered the car and driven off, than 1 examined the handkerchief It ; was torn, as if It had been crushed In j the hand during a struggle ' and wrenched away I looked closer In (he corner was the Initial "E That was enough. Without losing j another precious moment I hurried ground to the nearest police station, The sergeant detailed several roundsmen and man in plain clothes, i and together we r turned to the house, laying a careful plan to surround It secretly, while tho plainclothes man and i obtained admittance. Meanwhile, the Chinese devil wor ihlpers had again gathered In their cursed temple and Long Sin, In Ids priestly robe, appeared on the dais The worshipers kotowed revet ently to him. while at the back again , stood the aged Chinaman patiently turning his prayer wheel. Two braziers, or smoke pots, had been placed on Ihe dais, one of which Umg Sin touched with a stick, caus- j ing It to burst nut into dense fumes. Standing befote them, be chanted In nasal tones "The white consort of j the great KkIiie Chau has been found It la his will that she now be made his" As he finished Intoning the message, Long Hln signaled to two young China men to go latO 'be anteroom. A mn men! later they returned with Klulne. Frightened though she was. Elaine made no attempt to struggle, even when they had cut her bonds. 'I hi v carried her up to the dais, nnd now IiOng Sin faced her and sternly ordered her to kotow to he grue some metallic figure. She refused, but Instantly the China men seized her arm and twisted It, until they had compelled her to fall to her knees. TTavtng forced her to kotow, Long j Sin turned to the assembled devil dancers. "With magic and rare drugs," ho ! ensnted. "she shall bo mad- to pass Be Shown at byond l' tons g Chau body encased in pr At last all seemed lo h In readiness "Hold her." ordered Long Sin in gut tural Chinese to the two attendants, as he approached her Ijong Sin held in his hand a so all. profusely decorated pot from which smoke was escaping V he ap 1 preached he pawed thti ret entitle SB der her nose once, twice, three limes. ' Qredaall Bahse fell tats nacotv fltMSMBS .! While Elaine was facing death in the power of the devil WQIShlptri I had reached the house ttt SavetsRJ next door with the ptlice, and the place had been quietly iwrfmnded With the plainclothes man. a daring and Intelligent fellow, 1 went to the door and run: the bell "What can I do tot ou"" asked the medium, admitting us "My friend here" I parleve.l. "is In gteat business trouble Can 'our on trolling ipil "' VI him ad' ll o "" avetsk eel io work pnparini the room tor a seance s she moved over to the window to pull down the shades Elaine Is Forced to Kotow to two of the policemen who had incau tiously exposed themselves from Ihe hiding place in which I had disposed them before we entered. At any rale, Snvetfky did not lose a Jot of her ro il. arknhlo composure. "I'm sorry " she remarked merely, "but I'm Ifntld my control Is weak and cannot work today." She took a step toward tho door, motioning 111 to leave Neither Of us paid any attention to the hint, but re mit i tied seated as we had been be fore. Almost before I knew what she was doing, she made a dash for something In the corner of the room. It was M detective was on Ml feet In an Instant. I II take earn of her," he ground out, seized her wrlsls In his viselike grasp. "You give the signal." I rushed to tho window, threw up Ihe shade and opened the sash, wav ing our preconcerted sign and turned again toward the room. Ith a sudden accession of desper ate strength, Savetsky broke awny from the plainclothes man and again attempted to got at something con oealed on the wall. 1 had turned Just In lime to fling myself between her and whatever object she had In mind As the detective took her again and twl ted her arm until she cried out in pain. I hastily Investigated the wall Sin- had evidently been attempting to nress a tint ton that rung a concealed Elaine, now completely unconscious, was being held by the Chinamen, while her arm wus smeared with sticky, black material from tho caul dron of Umg Sin. Suddenly the aged ciunaman with the prayer wheel stopped his luces sanl Impious turning, and, rising, lo Id up his hand as If to command alteii tlon. "This Is nonsense, ' ho cried In a loud voice. "Why should our great K'ling chou desire s white fhrsllf I, a ereat grandfather, demand lo know." Shaking with race, Long Sin or dered the Intruder off the dais. Hut the aged deVOtee refused to go. "Throw him out," he ordered hi-, at tendants. Eor answer, as tho two voung Chinamen approached, the old China man Ihrew them down to tho floor with a quick Jiu Jltsu movement furious now bevond expression, Long Sin stepped forward. Hi si Ized the beard and queue of the Intruder. b utter amazement they camo It was Kennedy. With his automatic drawn, before tho astonished devil dancers could recover themselves, Craig stood at bay. Long Sin lamped behind the big gong. As tho Chinaman rushed for ward to selzo him, Kennedy shot tlvi S8a JTn3WBglemisW v'J5jPS-i' fc the "B" Theater Today ef Lent Sin's tt vedy's last bulwark It was i.wajing under their repeated Mows While KegpMdy was thus besieged by the devil worshipers la the ante ! oom. several policemen and det cti es g ain red in the seance room with us. v t door, where Savetsky was held I defiant and mute prisoner, i had discovered the i n and taking thai as a guide, i started to trace the com so of a wire which ran alongside the wall To the RienhMt i braced the hell and, in pulling on the wire, I luckily pressed a secret spring Fo m IBsBM men) the whole fireplace swung out of sight and disclosed a secret inis sageway. I looked throng! i' it was almost at th it precise instant that the door of the anteroom bttTSl npeo and the Chinamen warmed in, the Gruesome Metallic Figure. Long bin To (fay utter amazement, 1 recog nized Kennedy's voice. la the first onslaught Craig shot one Chinaman dead, then closed wnli Ihe OthlTS, slashing right nnd left with tht Chinese knife he had picked up. Bennetl came to his aid, but was Immediately overcome by two China men, who evidently hud been detailed (Of thai purpose. Meanwhile Kennedy and the BthSfl were enguged In a leinble lift and death ut niggle. dually, long Sin, seizing u large wall hanging, leaped upon Kennedy from the back and threw It ovm his head, almost suffocating him. It was Just as the Chinese was about to overpower hlm that I led the po lice nnd detectives through the pas sageway of the fireplace. It was a glorious flghl that tollOWl d But Long Sin and his Chinamen were no match for the police ami were soon Completely routed, the police striking furiously In all directions and during tho room. Initantly Kennedy thought of fair object of all this melee, rushed to tho divan on which be placed Klaine Ah she opened her eves for at the He had In- en slant she ga d at ilg, il II nett. Still not comprehending Just what bad happi in d, the gave her hand to Bennetl Bennetl lined her to her feet aud slowly assisted her as she tried lo walk avvav Kennedy watched them, more stupe fled than if lo- had been Htiuck over the head by Long Sin. Police and detectives were now tak ing the captured Chinamen away, as Bsnm ti. hi srm ghoul Klaine, d her gently out. a voung detective had slipped the bracelets' BVei Long Sin's wrist, und I was standing beside him. Kennedy in a daze gg the fllg'il of Elaine nnd K' ini. tt passed us, HCSrce ly noting who we were. As Craig collected bis scattered forces Long sin motldned to him, as If he had a message tO deliver. Kennedy frowned suspiciously. Ho was about to turn away when the Chi naman began pleading esrneetly for a chance to say a few words "Step aside lor a moment, you fel lows, won't you, pleSSS f" he asked. "1 will henr what you have to say, Long Sin." Long Sin looked about craftily. "What. Is if" prompted Craig, see ing thai at last they were ull alone Long Sin again looked around. ' Swear that I will go free und not surfer " he whispered, "and I will be trgy Uin great Clutching Hand." Kennedy studied the Chinaman keenly for a moment. Then, seeming- ; y satisfied with the scrutiny, ho nod ded slowly assent. As Craig did so, I saw Long Hln lean over and whisper Into Kennedy's ear rail started lack In horror and sur prise. fTO Rl CONTINUED.) SUBSCRIBE FOR THE MORNING JOURNAL AllHK H. 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